Wednesday, April 05, 2006

The finished product - pastelitos en hoja

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Here you can see our pastelitos en hoja all individually beautifully wrapped in banana leaves and string. we started making it at 5 and ate at 9

they were absolutely YUMMY! a different taste in every bite.

Making string for the pastelitos

Originally uploaded by espinli.

We resourcefully made string by pulling apart a potato sack. We used the string to wrap our pastelitos.

from left going clockwise

Iris, Jenny, Becky, Patricia, Manuela, Laura, Helen

Making Pastelitos

Making Pastelitos
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Next we had to boil the leaves, add the stuffing and then wrap each one individually.

Making Pastelitos

Gathering Banana Leafs
Originally uploaded by espinli.

This past weekend Iris invited the girls over to her house to make pastelitos with her family. Pastelitos are the Domincan version of tamales. They have a vegetable based dough, stuffed with meat and sprinkled with raisins.

The first part of making the pastelitos was cutting the banana leaves from the trees. Its easy to cut them and we only needed a about 10 because they are sooo big

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Invasion of the pigs

Originally uploaded by espinli.

We all thought it was so cute how these little pigs arrived to visit us on the beach and we started snapping away.

Playa Esmeralda

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Ahhh the beach ....
so beautiful and peaceful

We took so many twisty windy roads up and down the mountains and down a secluded sand path, I´m not sure if i´d be able to find my way back to this beautiful beach. I was told the beaches don´t get much more beautiful than this one.