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Estilo Culinario Miraflores: Ma. Andrea Llarena

Estilo Culinario is the second edition of this reality show where 12 foodies compete weekly to show off their culinary skills and get to the grand finale on June 14, just a few days passed their one year anniversary. Last year, our amazing friend and foodie VeraLu won the second place and now is the proud owner of Lulu Cocina Orgánica. You can follow her adventures on her site, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Back to Estilo Culinario, each round is judged by chefs from ACAM – Escuela Culinaria, the best culinary school in Guatemala, where its students get international level culinary lessons. The chefs judging are: Chef Eduardo Gonzalez, Chef Zajar Campos, Chef Rafael Girod, Chef Pablo Soto and Chef Mario Campollo (from whom we’ve shared a delicious recipe). To learn more about the judges and their amazing careers, you can clink here.

Now, we introduce you to Ma. Andrea Llarena. Ma. Andrea is part of an amazing family that Kitty has known since school, so when we found out that she was in the run to win Estilo Culinario, we had to see her and interview her. So keep on reading our interview of Ma. Andrea with The Foodies’ Kitchen.

Helga & Kitty

Ma Andrea Llarena

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Cilantro Lime Rice

This is a very easy recipe that is meant to  give a little twist to regular white rice. It has lime juice and chopped fresh cilantro which gives it a fresh flavor variation that goes perfectly with Mexican or Guatemalan cuisine. It can be used as a filler for homemade tacos or burritos or you can add it to soups.  To give it even more flavor, you can add some chopped onion and tomatoes.

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Cilantro Rice

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Plantain “Rellenitos”

Rellenitos de Plátano are a staple in our local cooking. They are made out of mashed cooked plantains, stuffed with sweetened refried beans. They are shaped into ovals or balls, fried, and then sprinkled with sugar and sometimes drizzled with cream. This is one of the ways we enjoy plantains in Guatemala and since they are easy and inexpensive to make, it is quite common to find them at markets, parks, fairs, restaurants and our grandmother’s kitchens.

As with all local dishes, there are a few variations when it comes to adding ingredients to the sweetened refried bean mixture. Since this is our independence month, I wanted to try making rellenitos myself so we could share the recipe with all of you and add it to our Guatemalan Recipes Collection. I also wanted to try the variation of adding unsweetened cocoa to the bean mixture, I think it would give it more depth of flavor.  If I had made these for myself, I would have added some cayenne pepper to the bean mixture too, if you like food with a little kick… by all means try adding a couple of pinches of cayenne pepper.  Be careful, this stuff can be very hot!


Rellenitos de Platano

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