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Posted by on Dec 18, 2013 in Celebration, International | 1 comment



I love to know how people around the world celebrate Christmas. Couple of weeks back I asked my friend, Tamara, who is originally from Ecuador, to share some of the tradition of her native country.


Christmas is very festive time of the year in this predominantly Catholic Country. Tamara says, nine days before Christmas, novena prayers (advent prayers) start. After the novena prayers, “Banuelos” a kind of cheese bread fritters, “Empanadas” with drinks are served. Masses at the churches, reenactment of the story of Jesus happens throughout the Christmas season. Midnight mass is attended by many on Christmas Eve.


Tamara fondly remembers her mom, prepping the food, particularly Empanada.

I have a lot of memories from mom’s cooking as we kids spent a lot of time in the kitchen with her and plenty of our extended family.  She is a great cook, a natural if you will, and there’s nothing like her food and the way she cooks it. There is no such thing in her world of cooking as a measuring cup or spoon, just add “a little of this and a little that, then maybe some more of this”; it is instinctual for her.

Tamara says,it is perfectly okay to experiment with some of the measurement “this and thats” to make these empanada just to your liking 🙂

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1 Comment

  1. Yum! those looks so good! I love Empanadas! And one time I was lucky enough to have Tamara make some for me!

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