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una cazuela = casserole, normally either de lentejas (lentils) or de mondongo (tripe)

un guiso = stew

los tallarines = spaghetti

el matambre = meat roll (beef rolled with condiments, vegetables, ham and egg, then sliced. It is available either hot, or cold as a luncheon meat)

matambre a la leche = meat roll cooked in milk

la milanesa = a fillet of beef fried in breadcrumbs (or milanesa de pollo is the same but with chicken)

la milanesa neapolitana = milanesa with tomato sauce, ham and cheese on top

una hamburguesa = hamburger, available al pan (on bread) or al plato (straight on the plate).

los mariscos = seafood

una tortilla (española) = Spanish omelette

Finally a note on one tasty dish, los ñoquis, or gnocchi (Italian flour and potato dumplings). The 29th of every month in Uruguay is ñoqui day, and you’ll spot restaurants and fresh pasta shops promoting the ñoquis big time. It’s a tradition that results from the last day of the month being pay-day. On the 29th of the month, just before pay-day, things were a bit tight and these pasta-like dumplings make from ground potato and flour were just about the cheapest thing you could make to eat. So the 29th became ñoqui day, and to this day it’s considered good luck to eat ñoqui on the 29th with a coin under your plate – this supposedly guarantees a prosperous month!

Any questions? If you’re not sure about the content of today’s class or have something to add, leave us a comment below and we’ll get back to you. Your questions and comments will help other students too. Our Spanish immersion programs at La Herradura in Uruguay and Spain teach you an international form of Spanish, but the teachers are all native speakers and will offer guidance on local expressions and words.

Coming up next… Class 24: El Mate


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