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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!

Helga

Rellenitos de Platano

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Interview with VeraLu, from Estilo Culinario

Estilo Culinario is a guatemalan reality show where 14 foodies compete weekly showing off their culinary abilities to get to the final on June 8. Each challenge is judged by a culinary team set up by NuChef. VeraLu was one of The Foodies’ Kitchen first followers and supporters, and when we found out that she was part of this show, we were thrilled. So, it was only natural that we would interview her! Keep on reading, and catch the entire interview with VeraLu with The Foodies’ Kitchen.

Helga & Kitty

VeraLu2

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Foodies Freebie: September 2013 Wallpaper Collection

On September 15th we celebrate Guatemala’s independence day, and to honor our beautiful country with our desktops, we are sharing our September 2013 Wallpaper Collection featuring these colorful worry dolls, and the bags that you get them in. Don’t know what Worry Dolls are? Well, let us tell you!

Worry Dolls (or muñecas quitapenas), are very small and colorful dolls, and usually are given as presents as a family of 6 dolls per pack. The ones pictured on our calendar are a slightly bigger version, but sold under the same name. If you find yourself not being able to sleep, you tell your worries to the dolls and place them under your pillow before bed. By the next morning, all your worries are gone. The legends also say that you can exhibit the dolls in your house after the troubles go away, since that’s how the elderly would prove how many worries the dolls had taken away from them… showing at the same time the number of happiness was regained with the help of the dolls. There’s a catch though, you can’t share your worries with anybody else or the dolls won’t be able to take the problems away.

The dolls are made by artisans in the Guatemalan highlands, most of them in Chimaltenango. Weekly, it is thought that a family making and selling the dolls, can sell over 400 doll families, making it 2400 potential worries taken away.

We hope you enjoy our wallpapers featuring a little slice of Guatemala’s folklore!

Kitty & Helga

Foodies Freebie: September 2013 Wallpaper Collection

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