It was without a shadow of a doubt the hottest Christmas in our life so far!
All malls were incredibly full, I guess the Chileans are like us Portuguese when it comes to buying gifts last minute!
We still did a really good dinner and lots of sweets to be in the Christmas mood! We brought a bit of Portugal to Chile, by cooking portuguese food - no, we did not cook codfish, unfortunately no salted codfish was to be found in Santiago.
Instead we did Rolo de carne (meatloaf), leite creme (our own Crème brûlée) and filled the table with sweets!
It was not easy to cook in the midst of the 30 degrees out!
As you can see in the pictures above, the Brazo de Reina is a rolled caked with dulce de leche and nuts!! (Dulce de leche is condensed milk or Gezuckerte Kondensmilch). It is overly sweet and we loved it!
Bolo Rei, on the other side, is a dry cake with dried fruits - not sweet at all! Maybe we can replace the Bolo Rei with Brazo de Reina in Portugal
We skyped with our family and could therefore feel a little bit at home!
Our german flatmate at the time spent Christmas with some Chileans and told us that the particularities were:
- they had dinner really late (23h)
- Christmas dinner was a barbecue outside
- they were playing the guitar together and singing up to 4 am
- the gift exchange was only done at 4 am!
This was already different, for us portuguese, so I imagine for her! Anne told us she did miss a "white Christmas", the Adventskalender and all German traditions, but she was happy to be experiencing a new kind of Christmas!
For us too it was a new experience, but I think in the future we will be happy to spend Christmas with ALL of our loved ones ! :)
The day after Christmas was time to go to the beach for us and to the pool for Anne!
Oh oh oh!