Sunday, August 12, 2012

McGuiver’s Kitchen

Culinary Adventures among other things in the Andes Mountains

I am not alone. Well, now I am, but I wasn’t for a whole month. Kristin came down to visit. We thought we would be riding in knee deep powder every day. It didn’t work out that way. In fact the ENTIRE month that she was here it only snowed once, and that was the day before she left.  But we didn’t let that stop us from having a great time. Correction, Kristin didn’t let that stop her from always being in a good mood, which in turn made me almost forget about the fact that it wasn’t snowing. So we found other things to do. Don’t get me wrong, we did get out there in spring skiing conditions 10 times I think. Which, no matter how you slice it, isn’t too shabby. Plus, I forgot that living with Kristin was basically an invitation to be a kid all the time and that even crappy things turn out, well, fun.  

So what exactly did we do since we weren’t riding every day? The times that we didn’t head down to the big city and stayed up here in Farellones, we cooked, a lot. We would go to Santiago to hike and shop and hang out with friends, but mostly to stock up for our time up here where we would make all kinds of delectable concoctions. Through this experiment we discovered that we pretty much rock at everything, why we didn’t know this before is still something I am trying to figure out.

We had interesting working conditions and liked to throw in the fact that we are living at elevation, almost 3,000 meters that translates to about 9,800ft. So if things didn’t turn out quite right we could blame the altitude, the gas oven with no actual temperature settings or that fact that we had to McGuiver everything to make it work. But that is proof of our infallible skill. We made everything from scratch. That was something neither of us had ever really done before, but we had a lot of time on our hands. Once the daily chores were finished, beds made, wood chopped, everything cleaned...we could sit down and stare at eachother or we could make food. We did a little bit of both, but I think our skills in the later improved exponentially with time. So what did we make and what ended up on our menu?

Baked Goods/sweets:
                Zucchini Bread
                Beer Bread
                Banana Bread
                Chocolate chip Cookies
                Sugar Cookies
                Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
                Carrot Cake
                Zucchini Muffins
                Apple Crisp w/Whipped Cream
                Berry Yogurt Bread

                Mushroom Risotto
                Stuffed red peppers with shrimp mushroom risotto
                Baked lemon Chicken with Garlish Mashed potatos
                Pizzas: white(pesto, cheese, garlic, tomato),
Turkey, onion, mushroom
Salami & mushroom,
Spinach, tomato, cheese
                Eggplant Parm
                Calzone (spinach, salami, cheese, mushroom)
                Black bean, guacamole, cilantro rice and tortillas
                Ravioli (spinach, salami, mozz, parm, cream cheese, onion garlic)
    Tater tots
    Potatos Au Gratin
Extras (Drinks and snacks)
                Popcorn (and kettle corn)

Not too shabby at all and skills that we can take home hopefully. We will have to see how well we do when the dream team has been seperated. But I think we have a pretty stong, tasty foundation. 


  1. Everything sounds tasteful and so good my mouth water only by reading you! When do you come over so we can cook again together?!
    Enjoy your last month, my friend! Enjoy the rides whenever you can take them too!

  2. nom nom nom... sounds delicious!! glad you ladies had a good, if slightly snow-less, adventure.