A FAMILY BUSINESS
After their first overseas family trip to South America, late 2018. Carlos Cordova, founder of Sur Direct, decided to bring some of the South American traditional and authentic flavours back to Australia, the place he has been calling home for the past 23 years.
With authenticity and passion, always in mind, Carlos and his wife Janet started Sur Direct.
Originally as a hobby, family project, and most importantly to them, to teach their kids work ethics, and the value of working towards something. But in March, 2020 when Covid started, all this changed.
Janet and Carlos lost their full time jobs, days apart, and with that, their recent purchased of their home.
Covid forced them to start again, they lived with family for almost two years. During Covid, Janet and Carlos decided to focus on themselves, Sur Direct.
Janet and Carlos hopes to share with you a little piece of their heritage, whose cuisine has a strong European influence, mainly Spanish and Italian. No wonder their food is simply delicious.
Please join the Cordova’s in their journey; as they hope you share their love for food with
your family and friends because that is what food is all about.
Chimichurri is a delicious raw sauce native to Argentina and Uruguay; made with fresh parsley, garlic, chillies, lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, vinegar, herbs and spices.
Where did Chimichurri come from!? Well, nobody seems to really know, including us; some say it was created by the gauchos (cowboys), others believe that it was introduced by the Basque settlers who arrived in Argentina in the 19th century, whilst there’s a couple of other theories, all we can tell you for sure, it’s that you cannot get enough of it!
Traditionally used on all types of proteins, but there’s nothing it doesn’t go with Chimichurri, it may be brushed, basted, or spooned onto meats as it cooks, or simply as a marinade, dipping or dressing sauce.
Alfajores! (Al-fa-ho-res), Plural for alfajor, a delicious, fluffy, light and delicate biscuit sandwich made from corn flour, filled with Dulce de Leche, a caramel like filling made from milk and sugar.
This amazing delicious treat was brought over by the Spanish settlers in the early 1500, the alfajor is traditionally filled with fruit jams, in fact these are still very popular all over the South American continent, depending where you go, every country has it’s own version of it.
Along with the millions of Europeans who settled in Argentina during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, large numbers of settlers from the Middle East – particularly Syria & Lebanon came to try their luck in South America, concentrating mainly in the provinces of Buenos Aires and the beautiful green and mountainous Cordoba.
While Argentine foods are based on Spanish and Italian cuisine, a few specialties from the Middle East have left their mark on the nation’s culinary scene. One of these foods known as Empanada Arabe, Fatay or Sfija wraps, a well – seasoned meat filling in dough similar to that of pizza, the bright acidity of lemon, the sharpness of onion, and tasty meat mix, make these a pastry – pocket of absolute exploding flavours.
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loved our alfajores. old family favourite.