Welcome to Taste South America we are sisters Graciela and Silvia.  For a long time we have been considering how to pass on our passion for cooking and baking so that the South American food we grew up with can be shared with the world.

Our goal is to share our passion and knowledge through our blog and YouTube channel.

OUR STORY

Graciela

Hi my name is Graciela Hofr, I am 62 years old and I was born in Uruguay South America the 2nd oldest in a family of 6 kids. Our family migrated to Australia when I was 20 years old and we have lived here ever since. I have always loved cooking from a young age and enjoyed watching my mum while she cooked.

My mum was a prodigious cook who would make everything from scratch even pasta, sauces and all manner of desserts. I learnt all my cooking skills from my mother and even till today I also try to make everything from scratch.  All our family celebrations revolve around our food and cooking traditions. Our friends in Australia love our South American food.

Silvia

I’m her sister Silvia Carozo born in Uruguay also and I am the oldest Daugther in a family of six. To tell the truth I have never been inclined to cook but I love baking. I baked my first cake when I was seven yrs old. I still remember it vividly, it was an orange sponge cake soaked with the drink “Crush”.

Things change over time, I eventually had a family of my own. Having a husband and two boys who will eat any thing they could find I was always cooking. Later on I had a daughter who wouldn’t eat many things and but loved South American food!!!!

I grew up watching my mother cook up storm every day for a family of 8, we would always have three course meals(when money available ). I tried to make almost everything I had seen my mum make. In Uruguay we cook a variety of food with and European influence.

My family of 5 migrated to Australia 10 years after my parents and siblings had already been living here. I started working and juggling my cooking because we didn’t like the idea of eating takeaway food. We have some typical dishes we cook for every day life, like beef schnitzel with white rice, lentil casserole, beef casserole and fried fish with home made chips. Traditionally we eat home made pasta Thursday and Sunday with a nice aromatic tomato sauce. My husband and I love to decorate cakes all our life, for our kids birthdays and continue the tradition for our grand children when required.

Traditions are what make South American food special. Whether its on a rainy day when we fry pastry called “torta fritas’ , a special dry fish dish for Good Friday or  asado(style of spare ribs cooked on an open fire) glazed with chimichurri(traditional spicy herb sauce). But everyone’s favourite tradition in our family of 62 is home made “Noquis de papa” which is a traditional pasta cooked on the 29th of every month.

Buen Provecho Abuelas Latina.