Aahhh the food – Córdoba series 3

You know when you hear people mention something, say a kind of fruit, that you had no idea existed? That’s what happened to me with cuaresmillos, the Shangri-La of candied fruit for me. I had heard family members praise these little peaches but never seen or eaten them until recently. I was visiting historic buildings in the city of Córdoba by myself. At lunchtime I chose a restaurant that looked inviting and served traditional dishes.

I read the menu and did a double take. They served cuaresmillos for dessert! I ate a delicious empanada and some locro, a hearty white corn, pumpkin, white bean and meats stew. To cap a very tasty lunch off, I had these sweet little candied peaches with quesillo, a traditional homemade cow’s milk cheese, the perfect accompaniment because it cuts the fruit’s sweetness. They were delicious.

I wanted to buy some to bring back with me because they are not available in many places. I had to hunt high and low for a couple of jars. Not many locals knew what they were, which shocked me. I thought they were popular in Córdoba!

Cuaresmillos and quesillo

Cuaresmillos and quesillo. Their name comes from Cuaresma, Spanish for Lent, because this is when they are ready for picking.

A traditional cuisine that is famous in Córdoba, other than traditional Argentinean, is German cuisine. Many German, Swiss and Austrian immigrants settled in the hills and their descendants keep their traditions alive. Villa General Belgrano and La Cumbrecita are two picture-perfect villages where one can eat sauerkraut, wursts, strudel and drink beer to one’s heart’s content all year round. I was there twice, in winter and in summer and I enjoyed both visits very much. The food is generally locally sourced and made on the premises and it’s good. Very good.

An assortment of German-style meats and sauerkraut (called chucrut here)

An assortment of German-style meats and sauerkraut (called chucrut here)

We Argentineans have a sweet tooth, no doubt about it. Córdoba is known for its sweets too. One  delicious treat is the colación, a crispy pastry filled with dulce de leche and topped with lemon glaze. I never leave Córdoba without a box of alfajores. They are similar to sandwich cookies or whoopie pies but the pastry is more firm. They can be filled with dulce de leche or fruit preserves and are covered in glaze. Delicious with a cup of coffee or mate.

Colaciones and mate, a match made in heaven

Colaciones and mate, a match made in heaven

Photo courtesy of Diana. P. Gemelli from Je cuisine donc je suis. Gracias!

 

Read previous posts about Cordoba

Church and convent of San Francisco – Córdoba series 1

Bread-making lesson with my grandmother – Córdoba series 2

8 Comments

  1. Jorchet

    Aaaaah! Colaciones are a piece of heaven, so light that you could eat millions!!!

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    1. Ana

      I know, right?

      Reply
  2. 76sanfermo

    Casi la boca se me hace agua al “oír”todo esto…..
    Years and years ago , I tasted all this , so I’m nostalgic…..
    Felices fiestas , querida Ana, y gracias por compartir!

    Reply
    1. Ana

      Me pasa lo mismo cuando estoy lejos! A veces trato de recrear las recetas y “vuelvo a casa” por un rato. Felices fiestas para vos tambien!

      Reply
  3. Lucía

    Hey! I’ve found this interesting note u wrote in pinterest, and I’m very glad I did. I’m from córdoba, I’ve lived here my entire life and it’s so nice to read someone Who enjoy and love my home like I do. Hope u can continue knowing our córdoba, it’s truly beatiful and without doubt that u Will meeting amazing places here.

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    1. Ana O (Post author)

      Lovely comment, Lucía, thank you! Córdoba is the land of my grandmother and holds a special place in my heart.

      Reply
  4. Sharon Fada

    Hi Ana….We are going to Argentina for a month late Feb. We will be in BA, Córdoba, General Belgrano and who knows where else. Anyway I will remember much if the advice you have given on these places over the last couple years.
    Wishing you and your husband Happy Thanksgiving and Felix

    Sharon Fada

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    1. Ana O (Post author)

      You’re so lucky! Enjoy every minute of it.
      And thanks for your kind words 🙂

      Reply

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