Adventures in Ethics and Science

Christmas wrapping.

Well, technically, wrappings for Christmas eve dinner: discos para empanadas.

It turns out, peeling them apart requires some patience and dexterity. Luckily, I had sufficient quantities of both.


I ended up making four different fillings. One was made with veggie ground beef, cheese, and green onions, another with potatoes, onions, and mushrooms, a third with plantains, and a fourth with ricotta cheese, raisins soaked in spiced rum, and chocolate chips.

The Free-Ride family (including the Grandparents Who Lurk But Seldom Comment) judged them tasty.

Next time, however, I plan to skip getting splashed and burned by the frying oil. (It’s only been a week or so since my Thanksgiving burn completely healed.)

Thanks to Dr. Isis for advice on this meal! (It’s likely I would have sustained a burn even if I had baked them instead of frying them.)


  1. #1 Isis the Scientist
    December 25, 2009

    Nice work, Dra. Viaje Gratis. I always know my empanadas will be perfect if my arms are burnt up.

  2. #2 Comrade PhysioProf
    December 25, 2009

    Those motherfuckers look delicious!

  3. #3 Dario Ringach
    January 4, 2010

    Next time, put them in the oven… Much better!

  4. #4 DrugMonkey
    January 4, 2010

    DR, you wanna know what happened to the last chump to challenge Isis to a recipe war???

  5. #5 Isis the Scientist
    January 4, 2010

    Next time, put them in the oven… Much better!

    You’d better shut your mouth. If you’re going to bake them, you’d might as well just wrap them in cardboard.

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