The evening was so much more like spending time with very dear friends than a class. Manuel had us put on our aprons and jump right into making dough for the empanadas. Veronica served up glasses of torrentes. Holly's and my efforts at rolling dough looked like the work of people who can't draw decent stick figures. We had two fillings, ground beef and humita (corn, pumpkin, spring onion, bechamel sauce and spices). Manuel showed us three folding techniques. People who roll out ugly dough circles also make weird-looking empanadas. Veronica kept the wine flowing, giving us a different torrentes to drink and later a malbec. We talked about food obviously, but also traveling in and outside Argentina, life in BA, and numerous other topics. Manuel finished the teaching portion by showing us how to make Argentine flan. When the food was done, we moved up to their rooftop terrace.
Making the food was fun, but even better was eating the results of our labors, drinking more wine, and talking more. Both kinds of empanadas were delicious and tasted better than the ones in local cafes. Manuel works in a local restaurant and obviously understands how to present a dish. The flan had a decorative carmel fan on top, dulce de leche drizzled on the plate around the flan, and a blueberry confit sprinkled on the plate. Scrumptious! Our time together finally started to wind down after we finished the third (or was it fourth?) bottle of wine and the time approached 1am.