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Huevos Rancheros (Foodies’ Style)

Around here, Huevos Rancheros aren’t anything special or out of the ordinary (we call them Huevos a la Ranchera). You’ll find them at any restaurant for breakfast, or you’ll probably get them on a weekend at your parent’s house. Essentially, it’s a corn tortilla spread with beans and topped with fried eggs and  tomato sauce. I tried to give it a little twist. I used a “tostada” for the base, which is a crisp corn tortilla (we have a baked variety at the local stores, which helps make this dish healthier), and instead of refried beans, I used whole black beans and also added some avocado as a topping. I should mention that the type of tomato sauce you use for this dish is important. Don’t use any Italian type of  sauce for this. You need basic tomato sauce. Also, cilantro is important. I don’t know why, I never have cilantro when I need it!  I didn’t put any in mine, but I had some dried cilantro so I sprinkled some on top. Not the same thing, not even close.  So please, get some fresh cilantro when you plan ahead for this.

Huevos Rancheros is not something for your weekday breakfast, when we’re all on the go… try on the weekend when you have a little more time to enjoy them.

Oh, and don’t forget the coffee.  Always have coffee with your Huevos Rancheros.

Buen provecho!

Helga

Huevos Rancheros

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Mango Upside-Down Cake

Two very good friends just got married (my husband’s cousin and his girlfriend) so I made this dessert for a little “we’re happy you’re getting married” dinner party we hosted at our apartment with family and our usual suspects group. To celebrate the occasion I made roast chicken with maple glazed sweet potatoes, a green salad with rhubarb vinaigrette and I wanted to serve a flavorful, but not too rich or complicated dessert. I had no time to improvise or think about adapting the recipe, so I just used this one as it is. One of our friends is lactose intolerant, so I was happy to offer coconut whipped cream to serve with this dessert. It’s the perfect combination: mango & coconut. You can find the procedure to prepare it on our Mango Pancakes with Coconut Whipped Cream post.

For the verdict, well… I hope my guests comment on my post so you can read what they thought about it! (ehem, ehem… guys? hint, hint)

Helga

Mango Upside Down Cake

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The Foodies’ Kitchen turns 3… And an Announcement!

We are thrilled to be turning 3! Time time sure flies by. It’s been 3 years of fun, hits and misses… but above all, of culinary adventures that we share with our friends and family. These past few months, we have been thinking about doing something BIG for Foodies. And it began with our little makeover. The new site and logo gave us an unexpected push, and we started adding more things to our little site:

  • We expanded the Desktop Calendar to a Desktop Collection (Desktop, iPad and iPhone wallpapers)
  • The Foodies’ Kitchen Store (powered by Amazon)

One of the things we started thinking from the early days, but didn’t get on it right away, was to have The Foodies’ Kitchen in both english and spanish. We talked about it several times over the years, but last December when we were releasing our new look, we decided it was time! So, the work started behind the scenes, working behind the scenes: making the backbones of the site ready to take on a new duty: serving as a mirror for our content in both spanish and english. that meant coding, making things look exactly the same and properly translated. After a week or so, we started to translate the first batch of recipes. To the day, we have translated 72 recipes and articles. The work ahead of us is long: 548 recipes and articles to translate.

From today on, all of our new recipes will be in both Spanish & English. And we will be adding more to the mix as we go. Of course, we wanted to launch this with all of our recipes translated, but they are quite a few, and you won’t believe how sometimes certain ingredients are not that popular locally, so we have to look for the correct translation for them. Since not only our recipes get our love, the Desktop Collection will also be in both Spanish and English (we already updated our May calendar so you can download it in spanish too). To switch between both languages, you’ll find a big button on the sidebar to your right – click away!

And because just translating wasn’t going to be enough, we have a brand new domain for our Spanish counterpart: lasfoodies.com. We absolutely love our name in english, but it’s quite a mouthful when sharing our site with someone who doesn’t speak english. It’s short, memorable and we are crazy happy about it.

And trust us, this new year at The Foodies’ Kitchen will bring more surprises! You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and BlogLovin’.

Kitty & Helga

Foodies Freebie: May 2013 Wallpaper Collection

Can you believe it’s May already? We are a few days away from unveiling our surprise! :) Today, we feature flowers (not food) on our May 2013 Wallpaper Collection. May brings flowers and most importantly, Mother’s Day! Here in Guatemala, we celebrate Mother’s Day on May 10th, and in the US it’s on the second Sunday of the month. Either way, try to make the entire weekend a celebration for the special mom(s) in your life!

This month we got tons of Foodies Mail asking about different dishes for us to prepare (we are looking for some good solid recipes!), or about places and restaurants they could visit in Guatemala… and mostly just other Guatemalans that are far away from home that just found our local cuisine posts. We are thrilled to know that our fellow chapines are enjoying these little bits of Guatemalan flavors around the globe!

Kitty & Helga

Foodies Freebie: May 2013 Desktop Wallpaper

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