Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Estamos bien en el refugio--todos los 33

The Chilean miners, trapped underground for the past couple of months, have really captured our family's attention. As part of our schooling, we have learned about the mine, about the rescue drills, about their daily lives, about their personal stories. We have each chosen miners to pray for, even when they lost their place in world news headlines for so long, with nothing new to report.

When the drill broke through, we cheered. When the first rescue worker arrived in the mine, we cheered again and hugged each other. When the first miner reached the surface and stepped out of the capsule, we cried--or at least I did.

As I write, three men have been rescued, thirty to go, plus the paramedics and rescue workers who have gone down to assist them. We celebrate with them. We pray and hold our breath. We are all Chileans tonight.

When all the miners have been brought to the surface, we will eat a traditional Chilean meal in celebration. Here is the recipe for the main dish:

Chilean Meat Pie

1 Pound Ground Beef
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1 Large Onion -- chopped
1 Large Dried Crushed Aji Chile -- or new mexican
1/2 Teaspoon Cumin
1 Teaspoon Paprika
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1/4 Teaspoon Black Pepper
1/2 Teaspoon Oregano
10 Large Black Olives -- sliced
2 Cups Corn
1 Tablespoon Milk
1 Teaspoon Sugar
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

In heavy skillet, brown meat drain and remove. add oil to the skillet and saute onion, chile, cumin, paprika, salt, pepper and oregano. add the sauteed mixture to the meat and mix. then pack the meat mixture into a shallow 3 to 4 quart ovenproof casserole and arrange olives over the top. put corn, milk, and sugar in blender and puree. heat oil skillet, add pureed corn and simmer until the corn mixture starts to thicken. pour this mixture over the meat mixture. bake in 350 degree oven for 45 to 60 minutes or until top is golden.

Serves 6

And for dessert:

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1 Cup Sugar
1/2 Cup Unsalted Butter
1 Large Egg
1 1/4 Cups Flour
2 Tablespoons Baking Powder
1/2 Cup Buttermilk
1 Tablespoon Lemon Or Orange Rind -- grated
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1/2 Cup Pecans -- chopped
1 Teaspoon Confectioner's Sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Add egg mix well. Stir in flour and baking powder. Alternating with buttermilk. Add lemon rind, vanilla and pecans. Stir to mix. Pour batter into buttered floured loaf pan. Bake for 45 minutes. Check with toothpick. Remove from pan and sprinkle with sugar.

Serves 10

Que sabor!

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