Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Empanda day

Finally a break - no work with me tonight- what a nice little break. I just got off the phone with Paul. It is so hard to be away from each other. He is enjoying the snow of Denver. I am anxious for his return Thursday.

Last night after work I went to Fashion Bug since they were having a HUGE 70% off sale. I found some really comfortable shoes for $6.00. I also got my sister (who comes out to visit on Sunday :-) and needs some clothes while she is here) a neat pair of jeans. I got a sweater for $5.00 and a nice shirt for work for $2.23- Can you believe those deals....

Today I made lunch for the office.

This is where it all begins. I make the mixture for the empanadas. It is a combination of ground beef, tomatoes, hard boiled eggs, green olives, onions, garlic and spices. Some Argentine people put raisins in their mixture but I can never get past the fact that it reminds me of cockroaches and besides that I really do not care for raisins.

Then I stuff the tapas- I don't make these from scratch... it is too complicated and it is just as cheap to buy them pre-done.

Then I baked them at 350 for 45 minutes and tada.... lunch is ready!

Of course I could not make JUST empanadas for lunch. We also had a veggie platter, chips and angel food cake with berries and cool whip.

Lunch was a success. I even managed to entice Lou to stay for lunch- he usually does not eat with us but this time he was more than happy to join us!

Last, this is the bulletin board in our lunch room. I try to do something every month- This month I put everyone's Valentines gift in a bag and then hung it up along with the potluck sign up. We are having a Pita Pot luck. Everyone is bringing something that could be used to fill a pita. I will be making chicken salad and a dessert. I believe I will be doing snicker salad. I have not made this salad (dessert) for the office so I think they may enjoy it.

I will have to post the pictures of the process in making the snickers salad.

Well- gotta close for today... my eyes are getting heavy and I want to get a good nights sleep since tomorrow will be a BIG day.... lots to do!

only 5 days until Lizzie comes to visit! I am starting to get anxious!

5 comments:

Tesa said...

That lunch looks so yummy! You always do such wonderful things to make the people in your office feel so special! Great job!

Elizabeth said...

I am getting excited about visiting...
I am actually making Empanada Bake tonight... you know the empanada beef mixture with corn bread baked on top...
BTW- those tomatoes on that veggie platter look so delicious!

Kathy said...

That empanada bake I call Fiesta Tomale Pie..... Paul and I really like it as well... But nothing beats having empanadas though. just 4 days left! I am getting so anxious to see you and just have time relaxing!

Kathy said...

Tesa;
I learned a few years ago that the best way to get productive employees is to appreciate them and to do little things to cheer them on! I work with a FABULOUS group of people- which makes for an incredible place to work at! I know how important the little things are!

Kim said...

Yum! We love empanadas! :-)
Yes, definitely share the snickers salad recipe. Sounds enticing!