Archive for October, 2007

Recetas de Comidas Tipicas del Paraguay- Paraguay Typical food recipes

La gastronomía del Paraguay tiene elementos comunes a toda América como ser el uso del maíz, la mandioca, el maní y las legumbres, pero además la herencia de los recursos naturales y de la cultura de los Guaraníes y la amalgama con la cultura europea nos dan una gastronomía diferente al resto de América y dentro del mismo MERCOSUR.

Recetas del Paraguay :

SOPA PARAGUAYA:
Es una especie de torta de maíz, tradicional y normalmente consumida en la mesa paraguaya.

Ingredientes:
• 3 cebollas grandes
• 3 tazas de agua
• 1 cucharada de sal gruesa
• 1/2 taza de grasa de cerdo
• 4 huevos
• 350g queso fresco
• 550g de harina de maíz
• 1 taza de leche
• 3 cucharadas de ricota

Preparación aproximada para 12 porciones.
Cortar las cebollas, cocinar fuego lento y luego dejar enfriar.
Aparte, batir la grasa. Agregar los huevos y revolver. Agregar el queso cortado, las cebollas, el agua y la leche, incorporar por último la ricota.
Agregar despacio la harina de maíz.
Mezclar con cuidado y colocar en un molde grande de horno enmantecado.
Cocinar en horno caliente (200C) alrededor de 1 hora.

CHIPA GUAZÚ:
Es también una especie de torta, a base de choclo, muy tradicional también en la mesa paraguaya.

Ingredientes
• 3 cebollas picadas
• 1 kg de choclos rallados
• 1/2 taza de grasa de cerdo (aceite, manteca o margarina)
• 300 g de queso
• 5 huevos batidos
• 1 taza de leche
• sal y pimienta a gusto

Preparación aproximada para 12 porciones.
Saltear las cebollas picadas en la grasa o margarina, agregar la leche y dejar cocinar 10 minutos más. Retirar, agregar el queso, el huevo batido y el choclo; mezclar bien. Colocar en una asadera enmantecada y llevar al horno caliente y sacar dorado por encima.

CHIPA BARRERO:
Es una especie de pan, preparada a base de almidón de maiz.

Ingredientes:
• 250 gr. de grasa de cerdo, margarina o manteca
• 8 huevos
• 500 gr. de queso fresco desmenuzado
• 1 copita de anís
• 1 cucharada colmada de sal
• 1 taza de leche
• 1 kilo y 1/4 de almidón de maíz

Preparación:
Batir en un recipiente hondo la grasa con los huevos y el queso desmenuzado. Agregar el anís, la sal, la leche y el almidón.Amasar bien, aunque no demasiado. Formar las chipas en forma de rosquillas y colocarlas sobre una chapa enmantecada y enharinada. Cocinarlas en horno muy caliente durante 25 minutos

KIVEVE
Es un exquisito postre, preparado con calabazas.

Ingredientes:
• 1 kilo de calabaza
• 3 tazas de agua
• 2 cucharadas de aceite
• 1 cebolla finamente picada
• 1 taza de leche
• 1 cucharadita de sal gruesa
• 1 cuchara de azúcar
• 2 tazas de harina de maíz
• 150 g. de queso fresco

Preparación:
Hervir la calabaza, previamente pelada, en las tres tazas de agua. Calentar el aceite y dorar la cebolla. Agregar la leche, la calabaza pisada o licuada, el azúcar, sal, la harina de maíz. Cocinar revolviendo continuamente durante 10 minutos. Agregar el queso cortado en pedacitos, y retirar del fuego.

MBEJU (mbeyú)

Ingredientes:
• 1/2 Kg. de almidón;
• 1/4 kg. de grasa de cerdo;
• 1/4 kg. de queso.
• 1/2 Kg. de harina de maiz

Preparación:
Tener todos los ingredientes a mano, empezar a mezclar dichos ingredientes. A partir de la mezcla debe obtenerse unas masas que luego deben ser cocidas en la sartén. Debe comerse con algun líquido para evitar atragantarse con el mismo ya que una vez cocida la mescla se torna muy seca.









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Paraguayan Women

Owner of grace, immense beauty and a huge sense of sacrifice. Paraguayan women have their own peculiarities they complain too little and bear too much.

They raise their men in a society where men rule, they educate their daughter to serve their brother and later on in adult life to serve their men.

After the war 70% of the men population were killed and women began to have children with unavailable men, still these days it is pretty normal to be a single mother and I think it is already part of our culture from way back. It is pretty Normal to have a child if a woman is around 25 years old, single or married.

Divorce has become legal since 92 and that raised the divorces specially in Asuncion, in small towns or in the country side it is still normal to have a companion even if they are not legally married they live and have children together and with time they also have the same rights as a spouse.

Women, mothers, sister…Paraguay female population is strong, they will do every kind of sacrifices for their children, they will leave the country if its necessary to bring some bread to the table. They will bear infidelities, constant abuses and insults, and still be there in the man’s shadow, they won’t abandon their husbands, they will accept the situation, they will cry and finally they will accept their faith and most will never consider leaving him…that is the way it is, specially in the country side.

A lof of the women even nowadays are called Maria (Mary in English), like Maria Rosa, Maria Mercedes, Ana Maria, etc, it has a lot to do with the fact that most people are very religious there, Maria symbolizes sacrifice, purity, humility, sanctity, etc. and so Paraguayan women.

Sometimes after divorce women don’t want to get into another relationship because some of them are still in love with the abuser, some are too religious and think that what God has united the man cannot take apart (in their minds you are only allowed to marry once) or they are kind of traumatized  and really want to try a life by their self’s.

Sometimes I wonder how many “Maria’s” are around there wiping of the tears of another day of abuse…

 

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Nostalgic

This time of the year again…wow, another year is passing by so fast…and I’m here and probably and most likely not going home for Xmas again…how sad is that? not being able to be with my family for Xmas again, and not even for my birthday =(. oh, well…I won’t miss the extremely hot Xmas time in Paraguay anyway, that’s a huge lie…who am I trying to fool?…Today was my niece’s birthday, she turned 20 and I called her, they were having a big party at my brothers’ house and I talked to everybody on the phone…I really miss them, miss my mom, brothers and my friends.

At this point I’m so glad that I have MSN to communicate with them and today I tried skype and it totally worked, I’m very thankful of technology because at this point is the only way to keep relationships alive…and who knows if next I will be there celebrating XMAS in the hot Paraguayan summer.

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Muna’s Store on Amazon

After gathering interesting items from Paraguay I’ve decided to open this little store where I constantly will add more items related to Paraguay, interesting things, music, specially books that I will recommend thru this site. This site is hosted on Amazon.com and I handpicked by me specially for our blog.

I found some very interesting downloadable mp3 music and great books, some of them I read and personally recommend.

Another interesting thing is that if you purchase from here you will do your checkout automatically on Amazon.com, the process is very easy, you are buying directly from Amazon, I just do the great recommendations.

So, check checking Muna’s store out for great Paraguayan products, nice books and awesome music.

Then… please leave a comment on my blog about your experience.

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From Brazil to Paraguay

Source: abc.com.py

This sounds pretty interesting, I just found this news on abc.com.py.

Starting spring of 08 this interesting tourist package will be available in Brazil for 10 days with up to 4 days extension to Paraguay or Argentina, depending on the tourist preferences. The trip would start in Foz do Iguazu (where the water falls are) and go to Asuncion or to Encarnacion (to visit the Ruins of the Jesuits) or the Chaco.

I’m personally looking forward for this project become a reality and can wait to see and discover Paraguay from another point of view.

EMPRESARIO BELGA, DE VISITA EN ASUNCION

El “Great Brazil Express” ampliará su paquete turístico a Paraguay

La ampliación de los paquetes turísticos del “Great Brazil Express” a Paraguay prácticamente es un hecho. Así lo afirmó ayer el presidente de la firma belga Transnico International, Thierry Nicolás, quien se encuentra en Asunción.

“Un pedazo de mi país en Asunción”, dice el empresario al encontrar aquí una carcaza de lo que fue el tranvía belga.

El gerente general de Transnico International llegó ayer a nuestra capital y se reunió con los responsables de la operadora mayorista de viajes Intertours, empresa con la que estudia las posibilidades y hará los acuerdos para el “Gran Expreso del Brasil” (según la traducción en español).
Thierry Nicolás dijo que este tema ya está publicado en el catálogo de lanzamiento del Great Brazil Express, que en principio es un paquete de diez días para el Brasil, con posibilidades de ampliaciones de cuatro días a Paraguay y Argentina, según las elecciones que hagan los turistas europeos.
El primer viaje del tren de lujo inspirado en el Oriente Express es el 23 de abril del año 2008, aunque su presentación oficial y viaje inaugural con las autoridades brasileñas será el próximo 6 de noviembre. El recorrido primordial del tren será entre Cascavel y Guarapuava.
“Estamos viendo también la posibilidad de hacer una extensión a la Argentina y otra eventual a Uruguay, aunque este último caso es mucho más complicado”, refirió el empresario quien en la fecha irá a Buenos Aires y luego a Montevideo.
¿QUE BUSCAN LOS EUROPEOS?

Thierry Nicolás, gerente general del Great Brazil Express, observó ayer las instalaciones de la vieja estación del ferrocarril. Los trenes son su principal afición.

Nicolás dijo que la extensión a Paraguay incluiría el paquete de base y sería desde Foz de Yguazú hasta Asunción, donde se seleccionarán tres o cuatro hoteles para el hospedaje.
“Los turistas son los que elegirán después qué visitar en Paraguay y naturalmente incluirá Asunción, el Chaco o las Ruinas Jesuíticas. Eso dependerá de la demanda”, precisó.
Aseguró que los viajes para Paraguay se venderán directamente aquí, una vez que los turistas europeos lleguen al hotel, pero toda la información la recibirán en Europa.
Nicolás es un aficionado de los trenes y ya recorrió más de 140 países para fotografiar locomotoras y estaciones ferroviarias. “Tengo un poco de nostalgia luego de ver cómo está el tren ahora en Paraguay. Yo hice el viaje desde Asunción a Encarnación en mi última visita hace diez o doce años. Es muy triste porque se está perdiendo algo que yo conocí muy bien y no hay más casi en el mundo”, expresó al anunciar que vendrá en otra ocasión para realizar un viaje en el Tren del Lago desde el Botánico hasta Ypacaraí.
También observó lo que queda del viejo tranvía, donado por su país al Paraguay.

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Learn Spanish in 3 steps.

Step 1 – KNOW THE PERSONS - Read yesterday’s Post to learn how to conjugate the verbs.

Yo – I

Tu – You

El – He

Nosotros – We

Vosotros or Ustedes in South America – You Plural

Ellos- They

KEY WORDS Goes into the step 1. Key words are: Donde? Where?, Cuando? When?, Por que? why? Que? What? Para que? What for? Cuanto? how Much?…and so on!

Step 2- KNOW THE VERBS- See last post for conjugations

The most important ones are

Querer- Want

Ser- to Be

Estar- To Be

Tener- Have

Amar- Love

Gustar- Like

Comer- Eat

Beber- Drink

Hacer- Do

Ir- Go

Escribir- Write

Leer- Read

Pagar- Pay

Step 3

Words

Aqui- Here

Alla- There

Este- This

Estos- These

Negocio- Store

Frio- Cold

Calor- Hot

Lejos- Far

Cerca- Near

Hambre_ hunger

Sed- Thirst

Baño: Bathroom

Casa- House

COMBINE STEP 1, 2 and 3

For example:

Yo (step 1) tengo (step 2) Hambre (step 3)- I’m Hungry

Tu (step1) estas (step2) aqui (step3) = You are here

El (step1) tengo (step2) frio (step3) = I’m cold (I have cold)

 

Today’s KEY WORDS TO REMEMBER:

DONDE? Where?

Ej.

Donde esta EL baño?

Donde (step1 ) es (step2) LA casa (step3)- Where is the house?

Some articles:

LA feminine its an article for most words that end with A, like, mesa (table), casa (house), silla (chair), Ej. La mesa, la casa, la silla

EL masculine its and article for most words that end with O, like baño (bathroom), piso (floor), Auto (car). Ej. El baño, el piso, el auto.

 

Now you will be able to do basic sentences. =)

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Learn Spanish with me =)

I always said that the best way to get around Paraguay is to learn a bit Spanish before your trip, or during it or after it (if you want to get back). People there don’t speak English, they will try to understand you, just in case I created this system so you can learn the basics before you arrive there.

First I find it totally necessary you to learn the persons:

1st person = YO, I

2nd person= TU or Vos = You

3rd person = El, Ella = her she

1st plural person- Nosotros= we

2nd plural person- Vosotros= you plural

3er plural person- Ellos= They

 

Once you learn this you can start with the basic conjugations which are:

Ser (to be)  Estar (to be), Tener (have), Salir (exit)- Those are the most important forms of conjugations with verbs that end with “ar”, “er” and “ir”, and the irregular verb  Ser (to be) (that has his unique type of conjugation)

Present:                                                                                      Past:                                                                           Future

Yo soy, estoy, tengo, salgo                                            fui, estuve, tenia, sali                                         sere,  estare, tendre, saldre

Tu eres,  estas, tienes, sales                                         fuiste, estuviste, tenias, saliste                          seras, estaras, tendras, saldras

El es, esta, tiene, sale                                                   fue, estuvo, tenia, salio                                     sera, estara, tendra, saldra

Nosotros somos, estamos, tenemos , salimos               fuimos, estuvimos, teniamos, salimos                       seremos,  estaremos, tendremos, saldremos

Vosotros sois,, estais, teneis                                             

(we don’t use the vosotros version in south america)           instead we use USTEDES and conjugate in 3 person plural.

Ellos son, estan, tienen, salen                                       fueron, estuvieron, tenian, salieron                      seran, estaran, tendran, saldran

 

Now that you know that…I will teach you some useful fraises and words

In most cases for plural, more than 1 object add the letter S at the end, ej. 1 Casa, 2 casas – 1 house, 2 houses.

Si- Yes

No- Not

Buenos Dias – good morning

Buenas tardes- good afternoon

Buenas noches- good night

Hola- Hello

Chau- Bye

Como estas?- How are you

Bien, y tu? Fine and you?

Que hora es? What time is it?

Por favor- Please

Gracias- Thanks

Cual es tu numero de telefono? What is your phone number

Con=  with

Y= and

Para= for

Grande- Big

Pequeño- Small

Cosa= Thing

 

Key questions:

Donde?  Where?

Quien? Who?

Para que? What for?

Por que? Why?

Porque: Because

Con quien? With whom?

A que hora? at What time?

Cuanto cuesta? How much is it?

Cuando?

 

Useful verbs

Comer (eating), tomar (drinking), tener (having), querer (wanting), poder (can), gustar (liking), ir (going), llegar (arriving)

Espero que les haya gustado.

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Paraguayan Mate cocido recipe.

Cocido is one of my favorite drinks in the whole world, cocido con leche (with milk) is even better…you can try a similar version to the Paraguayan Cocido at Tully’s the name is Latte Mate or order the bagged version online (which is pretty good)

But for those of you that want the real cocido here it goes:

1- You will need Yerba mate that you can find in Some groceries stores, at tullys, or which I recommend online in: http://www.yerba-mate.com/

2- In a pan put about 6 table spoons of lose yerba mate and around 3 sugar spoons and mix together and let the sugar become gold brown, but be careful because the sugar gets fast and easily burned…then turn the fire off and poor around 2 cups of water over the yerba and sugar (you can poor less water to make the cocido stronger or more water to make it weaker)…then drain everything and your Cocido is done, to make it the way I like poor a little bit of milk into it.

3- Enjoy it with chipa if you can.

 

Another interesting way to drink Yerba Mate.

Coffee Pot
Yes, you can make tea in your coffee pot. Mate can be enjoyed all day long with completely different results then coffee. You still get energized, but without the negative effects . Four tablespoons for a twelve cup pot.

French Press
The plunger pot is perfect. You really get the most out of your infusion using this method. Heat cool tepid water from the tap. Steep for three minutes and serve.

Loose Mate Single Serving
Perhaps the most economical way to enjoy your mate is to buy our loose leaf packages (1/2 pound bags) and steep with a strainer or tea ball. Simply measure a half ounce portion and splash with cool water to help preserve nutrients, then steep in hot (but not boiling) water for 3-4 minutes. Some folks add honey or a splash of lemon!

Tea Bags
Place one bag in a eight ounce cup. Add fresh water just off the stove and serve.

Iced Tea
One ounce (six tablespoons) to one half gallon of water. Chill and serve. Our favorite way to make iced tea is with a coffee pot. Simply fill with 10 cups of water (or 12 depending on the size) and add 3-4 tablespoons of mate (we suggest one of our summer brews). Pour into a pitcher or another type of container. Then brew another 4-5 cups with the same mate from the previous brew. Combine this with the first brew. Add about 10 ice cubes. Sweeten with sugar if desired. Place in refrigerator to chill. This method makes a rather strong brew. Enjoy!

Espresso Machine
Our Matélatte blends are great for enjoying an herbal latte. Make a traditional latte with milk and flavor and substitute matelatte leaf.

Traditional Gourd
In South America you have two main ways of drinking mate. Hot or cold. When you use the term Mate, this means hot. When you use the term Tereré (te-er-re) this means ice cold water. Fill the gourd one-third full with loose mate, herb or tea of choice. When brewing mate, you take fresh water and heat to around 180-degrees, fill the gourd to the top of the rim and drink from your bombilla (tea sipper). It is customary for the host (cebador) to take the first gourd full. More water is added and passed to the next person. This is repeated until all parties are satisfied.

If you are going to drink out of a gourd, you must cure it first. The purpose of curing the gourd is to seal the pours and remove any vegetable flesh that might be present. I personally like using the passion berry because it will always have that aroma even if you just use the traditional mate

Gourd Curing Instructions
** Please wash Bombilla before use**

1. Place two table spoons of mate inside gourd.
2. Heat water and fill the gourd to the top of the rim.
3. Allow mate to soak in gourd for 24 hours. After 24 hours empty gourd and rinse. Take a spoon and gently scrape the inside of the gourd.
4. Once you have scraped the gourd, repeate the process one more time. After the second time, the gourd is ready for use.

Caring for your gourd
Rinse mate after use. The gourd will stain dark green after some use. Store in a warm, dry, well- ventilated location.. Do not put in dishwasher!

Yerba Mate Latte Cup

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Paraguayan Travel Agency Information

For trips to Paraguay I think the best solution is to contact directly with Paraguayan Operators in the US (otherwise it can be very pricey) here is another great find I’m going to share with you, This agency is in NY and it’s a Paraguayan flight specialist, run by Paraguayans, Phone: 718 721 3398 and 718 728 3194.

Another good one is one in Miami called Oasis Travel, phone: 305 446 7779

Now you know, whenever you are going to Py, don’t forget to check out with them =)

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Iguazu Falls

This is not Paraguay but very very close, these falls are in Foz do Iguazu and called Iguazu Falls (Argentina and Brazil) that is on the border with Ciudad del Este. (Paraguay)

These videos are awesome, and millions of people visit every year the Iguazu falls that are one of the biggest and most beautiful falls in the world, and that is only a few miles from where I used to live…Enjoy these videos

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