Monday, December 31, 2012

Celebrating New Year's Eve Abroad

New Year's Eve was bittersweet. It's the first one I've celebrated with my parents in seven years, but it's also the first one I've celebrated without my spouse since we met.

While some of my cousins decided to celebrate together, my folks and I decided to celebrate privately and quietly in their home.   
My dad barbecued goat, cow brains, and sausages
My mother was busy in the kitchen baking potato wedges, Armenian empanadas, and Argentinean empanadas.
The triangular shaped Empanadas are Armenian. They are very similar to the Arabian empanadas but the taste of the ground beef, and the shape of the space at the center differs. The Empanadas on the lower right hand side of the photo are called Empanadas criollas. 
The first plate on the left is a basic salad with lettuce, tomatoes and onions. The middle plate are the potato wedges I mentioned earlier, and the third plate is chimichurri. Chimichurri is a seasoned sauce that you can pour over any type of meat.
I tried some of the goat. It was okay, but I'm not a fan of the texture. I also hate cowbrains because of the way it jiggles in my mouth. It tastes like phlegm.
I decided to go for the safest route and make myself a choripan. A choripan is a sausage sandwiched in a bread. As you can see from the picture above, I added some of the salad along with potato wedges and chimichurri. 
My mom placed an assortment of peanuts, sugar coated candy and turron (nougat) for dessert. Turron varies by texture and color. Focus on the bigger plate. The turron on the upper right hand side is white and has a tougher texture with peanuts cut in half. I don't like this type of turron because chewing through it is difficult. I prefer the softer turron which is on the lower left hand side of the plate. It's brown and soft like peanut butter and easier on the teeth.

My mom also made a delicious fruit salad for dessert
Later tonight we're going to toast to 2013 with Sidra, which is like a champagne.

I want to thank all of my readers and followers. In the coming months I'll blog about an upcoming trip to the capital of Buenos Aires, my continued efforts to validate my U.S. diploma and transcripts, plus more amazing photos and videos of Cordoba. Until next time, have a safe and happy New Year!

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