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Argentinean sweet fried cakes


Still fighting the Sunday blues on a Tuesday? Try this Argentine remedy for rainy days and Sundays that seem to go on forever…

“Tortafritas” are the Argentinean treat of choice for rainy days. They go great with mate and their warm sweetness keeps the blues away.

During a rainy weekend someone in my family was always bound to go…. “Shall we make tortafritas?” Because you make them, you don’t buy them (thankfully they are easy to make). If you are lucky, like I was, your Grandma will make them for you.

They are sweet, completely soft on the inside, and with crunchy sugar on the outside; eat them as soon as you finish making them, so they are warm and sweet, and you’ll never EVER forget this recipe.

They are super easy to make and they cook fast, their only two drawbacks ( I may as well mention them) are that a) you will never call them “healthy” or “low-cal”, so just don’t make 100 and b) they are fried and in a city as humid as London, the smell of frying tends to linger. As long as you are aware and you don’t care, go ahead, they are really worth it 🙂

Ingredients ( makes 8 big ones, like the ones in the photo or 16 smaller ones):

125 g plain flour

125 g raising flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 and a half spoonfuls of melted lard.

150 ml tepid water

1 cup of sugar (to coat/sprinkle on top. Beware: not icing sugar!)

Oil, to cook them in.

How to:

1.- In a bowl place the two types of flour and the salt and mix together. Make a well in the middle.

2.-  Add the water and melted lard to the well and mix with your hands. You will have a sticky dough at first, but knead it a bit and it will soon stop sticking to the bowl.



3.- Once you have a dough that is not too sticky, form a roll and divide it into 8 portions. Then shape each of the portions into a ball. They will be the size of a golf ball. The tortafritas will plump and spread a bit during cooking, so if you’d rather have tortafritas the size of cookies, make two balls out of each portion of dough.

Let the little dough balls rest for 20 minutes covered with a clean tea towel or cling film.


4.- Place a pan in the fire with oil, while it heats up, let’s finish shaping the tortafritas. Take one ball at a time, and flatten it with a rolling-pin till they are 2-3 mm thick, then, using a knife, make two incisions in each piece.


5.-  To test the oil, place a small bit of dough in it, if it starts bubbling and sizzling away, then the oil is ready to be used, otherwise you’ll need to wait for a few minutes or bring the heat up. Once the oil is ready, place one or two tortafritas at a time. Cook on one side and then turn to even the colour.


6.- As you take the tortafritas out of the oil, place them for a few seconds on some kitchen roll to absorb excess of oil and then place them in the sugar on both sides till they are covered in it.


To add some different flavours to the mix:

Add cinnamon to the sugar and get cinnamon tortafritas

Add orange zest to the sugar and get citrucy flavoured tortafritas

Add some vanilla essence to the mix to get vanilla tortafritas.

Eat warm and be happy!!

Namaste and Bon Appétit!



Ho’oponopono Tools

In the practise of Ho’oponopono we are 100% responsible for everything that manifests into our world; everything around us, be it people or experiences is a creation of our mind.

Our reality was created by our mind based on memories we have been storing in it since childhood, sometimes, those memories are not even ours: we  have inherited them from previous generations.

These memories, trapped within the subconscious mind, have shaped the way we behave and think about ourselves and the world around us and thus have created behaviours and habits that have been guiding our life till today.

Instead of changing the patterns or fighting the habits, Ho’oponopono suggests we “erase” the originating memories so that those toxic behaviours and habits will disappear too. Once the memories disappear, the behaviour goes away and the reality we manifest changes too.

“We must erase the memories that gave life to the thoughts that created our world.”

How do we do this? How do we erase memories we can’t touch or see? Memories we might have blocked or tried hard to forget? There are different ways… they are all super simple, and cost absolutely nothing. Also, you don’t need to know or even think about memories that might be traumatic or sad, just repeat a simple phrase and let the Universe delete what’s no longer of use to you.  It is as simple as meditating a couple of minutes a day, so why not give it a try?

 The 4 “erasing” phrases of Ho’oponopono are: I’m Sorry, Please forgive me, Thank you, I love you. These 4 phrases will help you erase memories related to any area that is causing you pain or trouble at this point in time.

Sit comfortably somewhere where you won’t be interrupted, close your eyes and repeat them over and over for whichever length of time you feel comfortable. In a way it’s like meditating. Once you are used to the phrases, you can do this anywhere: sitting in the bus on your way to work or school, it is a great way to relax and reconnect with your Higher-Self and inner peace.

The following phrases help erase memories related to a specific topic or area. So they are great to use  when you know what area of our life needs “cleaning”:

Ice blue – Is a cleaning tool that helps clear memories related to physical pain. So if you are in physical pain you can repeat this words over and over, while you try and picture the beautiful and cooling colour blue. As you delete the memories that generated the physical pain, the pain itself will also disappear.

Dew drops – Repeating this phrase you remove memories that are causing you emotional pain, or manifesting in your life experiences or people that are causing you emotional pain. No need to think about the events that are causing you the pain, those are not the real cause, you need to delete the memories that created this reality of pain for you. As I said before, you don’t need to know which memories are to be deleted, you just need to delete by repeating the phrase, the Universe knows which memories need to leave your mind, the Universe, the Divinity or Life Force, whichever name you want to give it, knows far more than we do, and will know what to erase.

Light Switch – By repeating this phrase you (metaphorically) switch off your negative thoughts. Repeating Light Switch, also “sheds light” over why you are acting a certain way. If you find yourself acting in a way that is not your usual way or you want to stop acting a certain way but can’t stop and don’t know why. Light Switch will bring light to your inner space and help you see clearly what’s going on.

Drizzle – Repeating this phrase and even closing your eyes and visualising drizzle is great to delete negative programming associated with money. It deletes memories related to scarcity (real or fabricated) and reconnects with the flow of Abundance.

Green maple leaf – This is a cleaning tool that works on deep depression, feelings of being unloved, unappreciated, uncared for, and feelings of wanting to give up on life. Repeat this phrase as often as you can and feel this toxic feelings shift and disappear.

And finally, another erasing tool:

Blue Solar Water: Making it is very easy: place tap water into a blue glass bottle and set it in sunlight, or under an incandescent light bulb, (not fluorescent) for a period of at least an hour. you can drink it, use it for cooking, watering your plants and even cleaning. Click on Blue Solar Water for a more detailed post on how to make it and the many ways in which it is great.

Additional information on Ho’oponopono can be found in the book “Zero Limits” written by Joe Vitale and Dr. Hew Len or in “The Easiest way” written by Mabel Kats, who studied Ho’oponopono under Dr. Len for many years.

I am a big fan of Blue Solar Water, though I’m waiting for Spring and Summer to start making it again. London has been particularly grey this Winter 😦 I find Ho’oponopono phrases are a great tool to calm down, for example, if you are sitting in the dentist waiting room, waiting to be called and you are feeling all stressed and can’t stop thinking about the drill for two seconds, repeating the 4 phrases of Ho’oponopono is very soothing. It also makes your mind concentrate in something that is not the stressful situation. Not everything about these holistic practises need to be done in a dark room, amongst incense sticks, whale songs and yoga mats, you can do them when you are getting annoyed because you chose the wrong till and the queue doesn’t move, and those are the best moments to do them, because they will distract your brain and save you from getting mad at the unfairness of the world (which is BAD, very bad, for anger triggers all the worst chemicals in the body). So… let’s ho’opopnopono away today!

Have a wonderful day!!