Posted by: Bert and Tania | August 23, 2010

Pastel de Papa

There are two things that we are hoping to learn whilst being in Argentina:
1. Spanish and 2. How to cook some traditional Argentinian food…

So, just imagine how pleased we were to combine the two and have a spanish lesson combined with a cookery lesson. Perfect! Pastel de papa is a bit like cottage pie, only with fancy bits in it like olives, eggs and raisins. And, if you’d like to know the finer details:

Step 1 – Find yourself some willing and eager cooking assistants.
Step 2 – Chop some onion and red pepper and peel some potatoes.
Step 3 – Boil the potatoes.
Step 4 – Cook the onion and pepper (with a little bit of oil) and add a bit of seasoning. Add the mince and stir.
Step 5 – Boil some eggs.
Step 6 – Mash the potato.
Step 7 – Add some chopped green olives, raisins and the boiled eggs (chopped) to the meat mixture.
Step 8 – Put a layer of mashed potato in the bottom of a casserole dish, then add the meat mixture. Put the rest of the mashed potato on the top and put into the oven.
Step 9 – When the top starts to brown, remove from the oven and serve it to your helpful cooking assistants.
Step 10 – Enjoy it (we did).

Thanks to Cecilia, our multi-tasking teacher of marvellousness.



  1. Wow! You have been busy again and its good to hear your news. We are glad you’re having a fab time.

    We will be away at a friends wedding this weekend but just wanted to say happy 1st (that’s paper Rob) wedding anniversary – we can’t believe it has been a year already. Enjoy celebrating!

    I am very jealous of your easy move – Punk and I have just moved into our own house (very exciting!) only we needed a big removal van which fortunately came with 3 very strapping men to load, unload and carry all the boxes and furniture! 🙂

    Lots of love

    Kathryn and Punk xxx

  2. Hey Kathryn, thanks for your comment and best wishes. Lovely to be remembered! Yes our move was pretty easy, but we have quite a few of them. We are moving out 14th Sep, then into new appt start of Oct, then to UK start of Nov, then back start of Dec, then into different appt in Jan!

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