Embassy of Argentina to Ukraine orchestrates a series of national cuisine cooking classes called “Tastes of Our Country” in the course of which those who are eager can learn culinary basics and become familiar with gastronomic traditions of this amazing country. OUTLOOK were lucky to attend first such class so we share some secrets with you.
First class, dedicated to traditional Argentine pastry called empanada took place last Tuesday in the premises of Argentine House. Especially for the occasion employees of the embassy of Argentina invited famous cooks who held the workshop.
Empanada (from Spanish “stuffed pastry”) – is a dish that is popular on the Iberian Peninsular and in Latin America. It is normally cooked from wheat flour and beef.
Every province of Argentina has own recipe for empanadas, fried in oil. In the north-west of Argentina they are stuffed with potatoes, sometimes peas, in wine-rich provinces cooks add raisins. In La Rioja they add olives. In Tucumán empanadas are small, sometimes stuffed with chicken meat and large amounts of vegetables. In Catamarca they are spicy; in Córdoba they are sweeter and bigger. In San Juan cooks are generous in adding flavoring, in Mendoza there is more onion than meat. In Patagonia stuffing is made from lamb, shrimps and hare; in Corrientes and Santiago del Estero they sometimes add viscacha meat. In the north-east wheat flour can be mixed with manioca one.
In Argentina they also eat empanadas with yellow cheese and ham, spinach or chicken. Empanadas also come with sweet stuffing but they are called pastel or pastelito then. They eat empanadas with hands and wash it down with dry red wine.
It has been known since olden times that wine-making process is a true art that is within the power only of the ones sincerely in love with their trade. Let alone beauty of masterpieces created by skillful hands – grape gardens, scattered in various nooks of the world, that impress with grandeur and adorn this planet, ornamenting it with bright juicy colors.
Every people has its folklore heroes that both children and adults want to look like. In Argentina legendary gaucho are considered ones and their outfits nowadays are believed to be traditional costumes of the country.
In honor of the 200th anniversary of the Independence of Argentina, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Alberto Jose Alonso held a solemn diplomatic reception with the participation of representatives of the diplomatic offices of Ukraine, Deputy Foreign Minister, representatives of state bodies, and the community.
The representatives of the Embassy of Argentina to Ukraine supported the initiative of Ukrainians in the popularization of Argentinean culture in Ukraine. The dancing school Frizzante has taken up the course on tango, the main heritage of Latin American country. The dancing evening was accompanied by the tasting of Argentinean wine Malbec and Torrontes. The respectable guests of the celebration became the secretary of Embassy, Martin Castro as well as the employers of culture department. Apart from the performances of the professionals who demonstrated the virtuous body flexibility, everybody who wanted was able to get deeper into the fundamentals of vigorous dance. The owner of school Larisa Osipenko greeted the guests. She remarked that it was a great honor for her to meet the representatives of sunny state at her event and rejoice Ukrainians with Argentinean parties.
Under the support of Ministry of foreign affairs of Argentina, Argentinean wine company, Embassy of Argentina to Ukraine and personally Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Alberto Hose Alonso there has been a celebration of Malbec Day in Kyiv.
On the 27-th of March in Kyiv national academic theatre of operetta there was a concert ‘Stars of world tango’ with the participation of the celebrities acting in a style of Argentinean tango Neri Piliu, Shanini Kiniones, Solange Acosta, and Max Van De Voorde that were accompanied by ‘Tango Spleen Orquestra’ (Italy).
The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Argentinean Republic to Ukraine Alberto Hose Alonso along with the spouse and employees of Diplomatic administration visited the concert ‘El Gran Astor’ of young Ukrainian musical bands ‘Kwarud’ and ‘Con Amore’ in Kyiv House of Scientists of National Academy of Science of Ukraine.
In the course of celebration of 200-th anniversary of the Independence of Argentina in Argentinean house in Kyiv the exhibition of the prominent painter Nora Iniesta has been opened. The leading motive of her creativity is love towards her birth place which she tries to express creating the images of her motherland in different genres of the visual art.
The embassy of Argentina to Ukraine and personally Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Alberto-José Alonso organized in National Philharmonic of Ukraine an official concert dedicated to 200-th anniversary of the acclamation of Argentina’s independence.
Embassy of Argentina to Ukraine celebrated international wine holiday – Malbec World Day, dedicated to the most popular Argentine wine variety. This year in honor of the Malbec World Day over 70 events all over the world were orchestrated.
The northwest of the Argentine Patagonia is the land that tends to enthral every visitor with its fabulous views. Sunny valleys and huge forests are dotted with hundreds of glacier-fed lakes, which change colour from emerald green to azure blue. Local landscapes are volcanic reservoirs with floating glaciers, classic fjords where narrow inlets cut into the rock, fast mountain rivers and quieter ones lined with little cottages reflecting in water surface. Home to some of the country’s most spectacular scenery, the Lake District is one of Argentina's prime tourist destinations.
Kiev hosted a diplomatic reception organized by the Embassy of Argentina in Ukraine in honour of one of the country major holidays. The event was attended by representatives of diplomatic missions in Ukraine from Brazil, Georgia, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, India, Iraq, and many others.
With the support of the Embassy of Argentina in Ukraine the Cultural Centre "Cinema Kiev" presented the film "Wine criminals" as a part of the event "Lights, Camera, Malbec!". After the film there was held tasting of Argentine Malbec wine as the event was timed to honour it. The evening was opened by the Minister-Counsellor of the Embassy of Argentina in Ukraine Herman Dominguez.
December 17, Embassy of Argentina in Ukraine held a diplomatic reception, dedicated to the memory of two outstanding literary figures: Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko and Argentinian writer Julio Cortazar.