Cris Cudos shares how stay-at-home looks for his family in Argentina.

For our programming partner Cris Cudos, remote work is nothing new. Cris has been a valuable remote partner for S.D. Professionals, LLC for over 10 years…mostly because Cris’s commute to Sevierville, TN, would take him quite a while. Cris lives in Córdoba, Argentina. Córdoba is the capital of the Argentine province of the same name and is known for its Spanish colonial architecture. Cris has worked his entire tenure from his home nestled just outside the mountains of his native city. He is SD Pros’ senior programming partner, providing backend design and support for many projects over the years.

Even though far away from us physically, Cris and his family face the same issues we do here in the States. The COVID-19 virus has upended their normal routine and forced everyone in the Cudos family to adapt to a new reality.

 

Cris talks about food, family and lawn care.

For the last 12 years, I have been lucky to have a very established routine. I would get up, see the kids, Augusto and Costanza, off to school and head off to the home office to begin my day. My wife Emilia is a doctor on the front lines of the ICU and she is somewhat used to the stress and responsibility that comes with her job. She is also used to crazy hours. When the virus hit though, her job took on even more importance and responsibility and I had to take on more responsibility at home like many people across the globe have had to do.

What that meant for my remote work was that besides being a programmer, I had to take on the additional roles of teacher, chef and most importantly…mentor to my son Augusto on how to properly cut the grass. A task which I find myself asking him to do about every six hours during this odd and uncertain time. We might be homebound but we have the best looking lawn in all of Argentina. And seriously, my heart goes out to all the working parents who are juggling their new home-office life with the added responsibilities of at-home-learning. I don’t think any parent feels completely comfortable in this role but we make the best of it and hope it’s over soon.

Savory Moments

As with many cultures, food is an important part of Argentine culture and this time in lockdown has given my family the time to slow down and enjoy not only the meals but the process of making them. One recent night we made a wonderful and traditional meal. It was fun to have the whole family contribute. We made Tarta de Espinacas (spinach pies), which are basically delicious little savory cakes filled with beef, spinach and a rich Bechamel sauce. These pies are a traditional Argentinian meal with Italian roots.

The night we made these pies we sat around the table and played that old board game, “The Game of Life.” Which, given the circumstances, I think my whole family “Lo está haciendo de manera espectacular” (is winning right now.)

From our family to yours, we hope that you enjoy this traditional Argentine recipe from our cookbook and we hope that you and your family and friends stay safe and well.

Cris Cudos – Computer Programmer,
S.D. Professionals, LLC

Tarta de Espinacas

Tarta de Espinacas (spinach pies) - Cris Cudos
Tarta de Espinacas (spinach pies) - Cris Cudos

Filling and Crust

  • Basic Pastry Dough – 4 servings
  • Fresh or frozen spinach  (14 oz)
  • 2 medium onions 
  • 8 oz ground beef (80/20 fat content)
  • 4 eggs

Bechamel Sauce

  • ½ cup flour
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 2 ½ cups milk

Prepare the Filling Cook the spinach in saltwater for no more than 2 minutes.
Cook the onions (cut in small squares), then add the ground beef and cook until no longer pink.
Add the spinach and the eggs and mix them all together.

Prepare the Bechamel Scald the milk in a heavy saucepan over medium heat. Keep it warm over very low heat.
Melt the butter in a separate saucepan over low heat. When it’s bubbling, add the flour and whisk until it forms a golden paste, about 3 to 4 minutes.
Whisking constantly, add the hot milk in a steady stream. Bring the milk to a gentle simmer and continue to whisk until the sauce thickens about 10 minutes.
Whisk in the nutmeg and the cheese, and serve at once

Assemble Pour in just enough Béchamel sauce to moisten the filling mixture. Let it cool a bit. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350. Put the dough in a cake mold, add the mix, and cover with the second. Bake for 45 minutes. Add some salt / pepper / curry to taste.

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