sábado, 24 de marzo de 2012

Las vacaciones de kena

Sigo sin animo de escribir en inglés porque es muy tarde, comi DEMASIADO SUSHI con Jelle y Loes y porque me tomé recién un tren desde Amsterdam Y después tuve que andar en bici a mi casa, y que lata escribir en inglés! todos deberían hablar chileno, porque la vida sería mas fácil. TODOS! 

Todavía no termino mi último ensayo, pero mi cabeza loca ya está con todas las neuronas puestas en París. Mañana empiezan mis dos esperadas semanas de vacaciones (que si no reprobé ningún examen, serán dos semanas increíbles, pero si me eché (chilenismo para reprobar) uno.. o dos.. cuek! voy a estar en la playa con alguno de los libros que les mostré en mis primeros post). Aunque en verdad creo que soy la única persona en el mundo que NO LE GUSTA PARIS! igual estoy super feliz de ir porque voy a ver a mis hermanitoooosss y a la loca adorable de mi madre. 

La reflexión 1 del día es el español, así que, que lindo que no estoy escribiendo en inglés hoy! ja. Hoy ibamos en el tren con mi wei carnal Eric (eric es uno de mis flatmates.. obvio que es de México y es el más fresitaa que hay (fresa= cuico pelolais en mexicano) y nos pusimos a hablar de lo chistoso que es para ellos escucharnos hablar a los chilenos con todos nuestros "cachai, bakan, puta la wea, y la conchadesumadre!!! (ese que te sale del ALMA cuando te pasó algo atroz, y algo que "las niñitas" de la dehesa jamás dirían, porque que terrible decir esa palabra tan larga y tan fea), etc etc! y como cada vez que empezamos  a discutir del tema siempre surge la cuestión de la PALTA... esta vez lo peleamos una vez más. Yo no se porqué le dicen aguacate! a mí aguacate siempre me suena a maní y caribeño.. no se porque! Palta es una palabra preciosa y que refleja esa maravillosa comida a la perfección.. así que resto de América Latina, asuman y digan Palta! 17 millones de chilenos se lo agradecerán. 

Y respecto al mismo tema, hay una canción buenisima, demás que un montón de ustedes ya lo han visto, pero  si no, de los dejo en este link, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xyp7xt-ygy0 , unos genios estos tipos que la hicieron! 

La segunda reflexión del día es la obsesión de los holandeses con los días soleados: Entonces, los últimos días han estado preciosos, super harto sol, hoy habían en algún momento 18 grados, pero, oigan oigan, sigue siendo primavera no más, y RECIÉN empezó, pero estos holandeses.. gente loca! ya andan en short y polera y chalas y alguno nenes (no me quejo) pero tomando sol sin polera en la puerta de la casa!!!! WEONNN nooo hace TANTOOO calor! 

Pero la cosa acá es bien simple, cuando hace frió y los canales de congelan.. entonces se sacan los patines, se patina sobre hielo todo el día y después se toma chocolate caliente en una terraza ENCIMA del hielo! (Aman las terrazas y el sol!) y si hace calor, se sacan todas las sillas, si se puede el sillón también (algunos estudiantes si lo hacen), bancas o lo que esté a la mano y se ponen al sol TODAA la tarde. La parte de sentarse al solcito me agrada, me agrada un montón de hecho, creo que lo implementaré más seguido.. pero esto de andar en plan ropa de verano 30°C, cuando hace su resto de frío aún no me deja de llamar la atención.

Ya ahora me voy a terminar el bendito ensayo de política exterior y a hacer la maleta! 

Vacaciones aquiiiiii vamoooss!

K



lunes, 19 de marzo de 2012

hoy día no pienso escribir en inglés!

Formato del día del blog: Diaro de vida (no comida lo siento.. mañana)

Hoy ando revelada contra el sistema y no pienso escribir en inglés! Examen a las 09.00 am un LUNES!! Holandeses inhumanos que le hacen esto a una pobre chilenita. El resultado: Creo que FAIL y en letras grandes, sniff! en serio que estudié un montón. Así que me acabo de revelar aún más y a pesar que tengo que escribir mil cosas más, hoy decidí darme un break de verdad e iré a carretear! A algo como el Miercoles po', pero es la versión chiquitita pueblerina, hahahaha (que looser!) JUANA TE EXTRAÑOOOO. En fin, este lugar igual es super cool, y los bartenders son los que ponen la música y tannn lindos que a veces ponen las canciones que me gustan (placer culpable en holanda.. el reggeaton..¿cuando me vio usted escuchando reggeaton en Chile? NUNCA, exacto! soy lo más electrónica que hay.. pero en verdad que acá escucho hasta Américo.. hayy que verguenza no debería haber escrito eso.. pero bueno) 

Bueno salí tipo 11.30 am increiblemente frustrada del examen, así que hice lo que toda persona mujer hace cuando está deprimida.. me fui de compras! y me fui a comer algo rico. Lo bakan, es que el día estaba precioso!! hacía un poco de frio pero estaba perfecto para sentarse en una terraza y tomar un sopita de tomate con albahaca y queso, así que eso hice! (El resumen de mi día en fotos a continuación...)




y eso po', no mucho más que contar por hoy. Ahora me voy porque unos vinitos esperan por mi.



viernes, 16 de marzo de 2012

Basic stuff in your kitchen and a 15 minutes dinner!

My friend Felipe, suggested my blog should turn into a cooking blog.. well, I still want to tell some random facts of life once in a while, but inspired in his post I thought I could give you some tips sometimes ... maybe, yes, no? Does it sound like an idea? or better not? let me know!


So, it's friday night, just came back from "dancing club", a weird club at uni where we pretend we are britney dancing funny choreographies, but what tha hell, it's lots of fun! but I came back quite hungry, but with not a lot of energy to cook, so today it was just easy to make #studentfood,  (it took me around 15 minutes, and, I should not say this.. since i cooked it, but it was really yummie!)


To start with there are some things you should ALWAYS have at home:


1. a package of carbs (rice or pasta)
2. some meat or chicken or fish (if u are a veggetarian skip this), I had bacon left from yesterday's meal, so that will be my "protein" with lots of FAT on it.
3. some greens (rucula is always nice)
4. onions, garlic and peper (veryyy important)
5. Butter! because if Julie and Julia told me something, is that you can never have enough butter!!!!! 


The menu today was: Rice with some champignos, bacon, some greens and grated cheese on top. 


How do you make it:


1. Secret to always get the rice right: fry some onions, add the rice, and keep frying for about 3 minutes, add some salt. Boil some water before you do this (you will need the water in a sec.) After frying add the boiling water, for every cup of rice, add one a half cups of water. Let it boil for about 15 minutes in a very low fire, if its too high.. your rice will burn. At the end it will look like this, if it does not, just keep trying, you will get it right eventually :) 






2. While you leave your rice cooking, get a pan add some butter, or lots of it, and add the champignons (of course you need to slice them first). Do not put too many or they won't get nice and golden.




3. After they look good enough for you, live them aside, grab another pan, and put some chopped onions, garlic and bacon, no need to add salt or oil, the bacon has ENOUGH! so let it cook slowly (again a big huge fire will only ruin your garlic and your onions, so DON'T!)




4. When all is cook, just put in on a plate! of course! put some greens in there, grate some cheese on top, and that was it ladies and gentleman, 15 minutes dinner. Not that fancy, but it's better than cup noodles! trust me on that one. 






And now back to study! hope this helps to inspire some of you, or to give you some ideas for dinner.


Greetings, 


Kena 

jueves, 15 de marzo de 2012

Dutch typical food?? - This is Stamppot!

Have you ever wonder what is typical dutch food? Holland is known for weed, tulips, windmills.. but certainly not for food! Therefore I decided to show you one of Hollands most typical dishes, Ladies and Gentleman: This is Stamppot! 

Once again using the world's greatest source of information (Wikipedia) please let me first explain what Stampot is:


"A traditional Dutch dish made from a combination of potatoes mashed with one or several other vegetables, sometimes also with bacon. These vegetable pairings traditionally include sauerkrautendivekalespinachturnip greens, or carrot and onion (the combination of the latter two is known as hutspot (which is the one I made)  in the Netherlands). It is usually served with sausage."


I know I should be studying! I know I know! because I have exams next week. My statistics of the past few days:




But actually the idea of cooking Stamppot (or Hutspot) came to my mind today while being in the library sitting next to my classmate Tomasz , who started talking about cooking! and cooking is a magic word that gets my brain to work again! 


The day in Leiden today was lovely! and I had already been the whole day at uni, and studying in the library, so I deserved a break and go for a little bike ride and some grocery shopping. 


This is Van der Werfpark, a beautiful place outside the law faculty from Leiden University. Some history about this park, in 1807 a ship loaded with gunpowder actually exploded here, buildings were damaged all over the city.  It is called Van der Werf, due the statue you can see in the picture on the right side, Mr. Van der Werf was one of the heroes during the Spanish Siege.. yes people! in case you did not know... Leiden also had to fight against the spanish! 
While doing my grocery shopping, I came across a Vlaai Store!!! (you will see how Vlaai looks like in a minute) I had no idea there was a vlaai store in the city. Vlaai is a typical kind of cake from the south of The Netherlands from the province called "Limburg" which was my hometown for a whole year, so I am a big huge fan of Vlaai and from Limburg! and since I was cooking typical dutch food, why not getting some typical southern cake for desert. (Next week is my dutch mom bday party, and I actually have to go south so maybe  I can get to write a post about limburg!)


So, as I usually do, here are my ingredients:


Some potatoes, an onion, carrots, bacon, sausage, gravy and some  spices, I was lazy and just got the "hutspot" spices, but you can be creative and put what you want in there. How do you make it?? boil the  potatoes, mash the potatoes. Boil the carrots, and mash them with the potatoes. Regarding the bacon, fry it with the onions. Then put it all toguether, in a bowl, mash it up a little bit more, add some butter with the spices. On a separate pan prepare some gravy, and that's it! Then add the sausage.

The result



 

An later on, some dessert (Vlaai) with a cup of coffee!



 
My critic today was Ms. Elaine Hsi-Hua Lin, my lovely flatmate from Taiwan. She liked it, and of course she enjoyed some cake too, for being nice enough to try my food. Thanks Elaine!

sábado, 10 de marzo de 2012

The empanada connection!

I got better! Yeaiii, finally no more fever in the horizon and to celebrate my recovery I decided to cook something nice for me (because you know by now how much I love eating!) 

After chatting with my dear friend Wai Man for hours about how stir frying things with garlic and onion always makes things better, I could NOT stop thinking about stir friying shrimps! Just because I love shrimp!, and since I was stir frying them, why not go all the way and make shrimp cheese empanadas, and then fulfil two appetites in one go.

And Saturday was the day chosen for this, why?, well Saturday is market day in Leiden, so I could get some nice fresh shrimps, some nice cheese and have a walk around the market to start my day in an splendid way!


Dutch people REALLY like to go to the market on Saturdays! If you ever come to Holland, going to the market  is a MUST, the market in Leiden is tiny, but try the Albert Cuyp Market in Amsterdam http://www.albertcuypmarkt.nl/ac_english.html

What is an empanada: ok, so I am pretty sure about 50% of my readers are in Chile, or were in Chile so they know what is it. BUT I also know some of you have never heard of it, so this is Chilean cooking 101. 

"An empanada is a stuffed bread or pastry baked or fried in many countries in Latin America. The name comes from the verb empanar, meaning to wrap or coat in bread. Empanada is made by folding a dough or bread patty around the stuffing. The stuffing can consist of a variety of meats, cheese, huitlacoche, vegetables or fruits among others." (Thank you wikipedia) 

Now that everyone knows what an empanada is, let's get it started!

The Ingredients 

A little pisco, for the shrimp but also I actually needed it as a rolling pin. 

The process of cooking the empanadas

You can look for the steps on the internet,  http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Empanadas, but basically just make some dough with flour, olive oil, salt, warm milk warm water.

Now the nice thing, stir frying shrimps with a tiny little bit pisco and a tiny little bit merken for some chilean flavor.





OMG the smell of those shrimps! A-mazing! really easy to make, chop garlic, chop some onions...a  little bit of olive oil in the pan, and that's it! then add the shrimp on that pan.

So, how do we match the shrimp and the cheese and the dough?? well.. like this! make some little discs with the dough and fill it the nice fillingggss, then just close them.







The result?:
Before going in the oven:

And the most important thing, after the oven:



According to my critics, Eszter, Fernanda and Hanna, they were very good! so there you go, home made empanadas with a little taste from the coast of Chile!

Tot ziens!

kena



martes, 6 de marzo de 2012

The Hospital

Monday morning 2.00 AM: Kena wakes up, feeling like crap! OMG I thought.. I have a freaking fever! Shit! and I have to go to class tomorrow!!!!!! And I was in England the whole weekend, so if I don't go to class my sweet amazing classmates will think I was partying the whole weekend and that, that is the reason I am not there! NOOOO!!!


Well.. I did party a little...
The rest was all about Afternoon Tea
Scones, Nice restaurants and sight seeing




Monday 5.00 AM: Still Awake, still with a fever and wondering how the hell I was going to get up the next day... 


So that is the introduction of how i ended up in the Hospital today. Just when I was kind of running out of ideas of what I should write in here.. I got sick! Which allowed me to fight my biggest fear since the first time I came to the Netherlands 10 years ago (shit I am old) .. GOING to the doctor. 


I think my other big steps in becoming a little more dutch was going to the dentist, and getting a flat tire in the middle of nowhere.. 

Anyways, I finally did manage to get up, because mondays we have economics class, and there is NO WAY I will ever miss that class, MA classmates, some of you know why. Got there a tiny little bit late, but had to give up on my effort of being at uni after the economics class, thinking it was not really a good idea to go there in the first place.


The good thing though was that two of my lovely dutch classmates introduced me to the term Huisarts, completely unknown to me, but basically it is a family doctor, and I have to pick one in my neighbourhood for when I get sick. ( I am too spoiled by the Chilean private system, where you basically look on internet for the doctors, book on internet, and that was it..u go, I am too Chilean, really need to change the switch). So I knew now was a Huisarts was, but without enough time to find one, cuz I was already sick enough. 


This morning I really could not take it anymore! I drank lots of water, my flatmates made me some soup, took lots of paracetamol and iburoprofen.. nothing was working, so my caretaker took me to the hospital. When I got to the information desk the first think that really caught my attention was that the lady in the desk could actually see I was half dead but even though gave me a lecture on the reasons why I should get a huisarts, and that I should ask my flatmates where to find one, I think I had a really angry face after 3 minutes because she just called someone to take me to the emergency room. After that all was paradise, dutch hospitals are amazing! This one even has a The Body Shop and a bookshop inside, I found it quite impressive!


The doctors were very nice, not all of them could speak english, and I completely failed my attempt to speak in dutch all the time, too much fever I guess, and so after some blood test and various exams I left the hospital with a nice wristband and some antibiotics