By Liliana Moyano for Shine Latina
Tilapia cooked in plantain leaf Traveling with my family my dad took us to a small beach town called Covenas located in the Magadalena region of Colombia. We rented a small house for a week where we enjoyed daily gastronomic dishes typical from the Magdalena region. Every day, a local cook came to make the best dishes using local ingredients and fresh fish. One of the nights for dinner, our amazing chef made fresh tilapia wrapped in plantain leaves cooked over fire. Inside the tamale-looking dish she placed a bed of vegetables and topped it a whole fish. The plantain leaf seals all the flavors and allows the juices to emerge into a flavorful broth.
I made my own version of this dish placing a bed of onions and tomatoes inside a plantain leaf but I didn't want to make a whole dish so I decided to replace it with tilapia filets. This is a healthy, tasty and easy to make dish that takes 35 minutes to cook from beginning to end.
Fish ready to wrap and close Ingredients
1 plantain leaf
1 tomato, sliced
- Lili's Latin Kitchen | Author Blog Posts – Fri, Oct 18, 2013 11:57 AM EDT
By Liliana Moyano for Shine LatinaRead More »from Tilapia Caribbean Style… a Plantain Leaf was Never so Useful!
By Liliana Moyano for Shine LatinaLeche Asada
Leche Asada has been a favorite in my family for many generations. When my mom was young, grandma made the famous dessert every weekend and when I was young my mom maintained the tradition. Today the new generation has expanded and my sisters all have young kids who no longer ask for Leche Asada but instead they want ice cream and cheesecake.
In order to maintain the custom and teach the babies about their background we gathered them at their favorite hangout place; abuela's casa. After having lunch my sister Marcela and myself carefully followed my moms' instructions on how to make this delicious dessert. To our surprise, it took us five minutes to prep it and 30 in the oven and voila… it was ready. The Leche Asada requires a few ingredients that anyone with basic cooking skills will probably have at home; eggs, milk, cheese and sugar. That's all you need to find in the fridge to make this dessert. The texture is similar to the flan but with aRead More »from Leche Asada, a Recipe of Generations
- Lili's Latin Kitchen | Author Blog Posts – Fri, Oct 18, 2013 11:57 AM EDT
By Liliana Moyano for Shine LatinaRead More »from Mexican Tostadas with Camarones Enchilados for Your Next Party
Mexican Tostadas con camarones enchilados Having four sisters and five nieces and nephews means a lot of birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, and every gathering a family could have. One of the most important before a reunion is having the right food and appetizers must be a success. I try to stay away from messy appetizers sticking to bite size fun and colorful starters.
A few months ago, my sister had a Mexican party with margaritas, tacos and beer. I was in charge of making the appetizers and sticking to the theme, I made bite size tostadas con camarones enchilados with a spicy kick of jalapeno topped with cilantr. They were so popular, instead of enjoying the party I ended up giving out the recipe all night.
Ingredients Vegetables cooking before adding the shrimp
1 tbsp. olive oil
½ white onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 roasted red peppers, canned or in a jar
6 jalapenos, minced
1 ripe tomato, chopped
1 hass avocado
1 lb. jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined
20 small corn tostadas
By Katie Nash, Refinery29
With polyester cobwebs and black spiders dangling in windows across the city, it's pretty obvious that Halloween has crept up on us once again. And, as we find ourselves only weeks away from the hair-raising holiday, we are faced with a dreadful decision - what will our costumes be? No doubt, some of us embrace this fantasy-filled occasion and have been planning our wicked getups since last November. But, if your costume cauldron is looking a little sparse, this decision can be a harrowing one.
Alas, we're here to show you how to create a trio of otherworldly Halloween looks with this DIY Halloween makeup tutorial. From a Brit fashion star (with brows to die for!) to the Queen Bee of Pop, this step-by-step guide shows you how the right beauty tools (and the occasional wig) can turn your costume nightmares into sweet dress-up dreams. We've even thrown in some goth glam as an ode to one of our fave freaky films. So, drop that bowl of candy, put yourRead More »from 3 Boo-tiful Halloween Makeup Looks
- Lili's Latin Kitchen | Author Blog Posts – Wed, Oct 16, 2013 2:37 PM EDT
By Liliana Moyano for Shine LatinaMandocas ready to enjoy!
A few months ago, my friends Tati, Mari and Catha invited me to have breakfast to a small Venezuelan place. They said I had to try the Mandocas; small fried bites filled with plantain, corn flour, panela, and cheese dipped in table cream. I have never been a fan of plantain but given their persistence I decided to give them a try. The waiter brought a tray of these beautiful bites with table cream on the side. I ate a few and liked them enough to order them again but I felt they were missing something.
Mashed plantain Immediately after, I came home and looked up a few recipes for mandocas and got ideas to make them myself. Last week, I invited my Venezuelan friends over to delight them with a typical desayuno Zuliano. The Zulia region is where the mandocas originated due to the plantain growth. I used the basic ingredients but instead of buying shredded cheese I bought the block of queso latino and grated it myself. I made the dough to perfection and fried
By Charleen Gonzalez for Shine LatinaRead More »from Video: Fix Your Broken Eyeshadow
- Rubbing alcohol
- A piece of cloth
- A coin
- A knife or spatula
Use your knife or spatula to break the remaining shadow into pieces until it is all broken.
Pour a few drops of alcohol into the eyeshadow, dampening the entire surface but not flooding it.
Learn how to make a DIY lip scrub!
Take a coin the size of your eyeshadow and put it inside a piece of cloth or a paper towel. Press the coin down on the eyeshadow for about 15 seconds.
Wait about an hour to dry and your eyeshadow will be good as new!
By Charleen Gonzalez for Shine LatinaRead More »from VIDEO: Pretty Prom Makeup
Forget prom queen. You'll be the empress after you follow these makeup steps for the big night.
Start by applying a foundation or tinted moisturizer. I used L'Oreal True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous Makeup for a glowing complexion. Use concealer for extra coverage, to hide under eye circles or acne. I love L'Oreal True Match Super-blendable Crayon Concealer.
Apply a shimmering champagne eyeshadow, like L'Oreal 24HR Infallible Eye Shadow in Iced Latte, to the inner corners of your eyes. Then apply a shimmering bronze, like the same brand in Amber Rush, to the lid area. Finish off with a purple eyeshadow -- same brand in Perpetual Purple -- on the outer corners of the eyes, as well as the lower lash line.
Use a light brown to blend with the purple and fade into the crease of the eyes. Lastly, apply a soft shimmery white shadow to the brow bone.
The last step for your eyes is to apply a liquid liner to the upper lash line
By Charleen Gonzalez for Shine LatinaRead More »from VIDEO: How to Get the Perfect Brows
After following these tips, Cara Delevingne's fierce brows will have nothing on you.
Brush your brows into place with a spoolie. Then apply an eyeshadow primer like BECCA's Eye Priming Perfector, $24, to get more wear out of the products you'll use to fill in your brows.
Use a brow pencil to softly fill in the brows -- l love Anastasia's Brow Wiz, $21. I start at the tail end and do short, feathery strokes to keep it looking natural.
Learn how to create a DIY lip scrub for chapped lips!
To set the pencil, use an angled brush and a brow powder like the Anastasia Brow Powder Duo, $23, and lightly fill in the brows. Use a lighter powder at the beginning of your brows, and a darker powder at the tail end.
Brush through your brows with a spoolie to blend the pencil and powder. Then use a clear brow gel to brush the brows in place -- I used Tweezerman Browmousse, $12.
Take a concealer of your choice and
- Charleen Gonzalez, Shine Latina | Author Blog Posts – Wed, Oct 16, 2013 2:22 PM EDT
By Charleen Gonzalez for Shine LatinaRead More »from VIDEO: Don't Buy That! Top Four Unnecessary Beauty Products
While these can be useful, they are quite expensive, considering you can use regular shampoo or baby shampoo for the same job.
You can replace this expense by getting a little bit of hairspray onto your finger or a spoolie (brow brush), and brushing out your brows with it.
Dermatologists question the usefulness of toner because just wetting your face can also prime it for better absorption of skin-care products. Some types of oily skin could benefit from the product, but as a whole, most women can skip it.
Primer is meant to extend the wear of your foundation and provide a barrier between your skin and the foundation. Although it's not a bad product to have, most foundations already have primers in them. Also, simply applying a facial moisturizer works in the same way.
By Charleen Gonzalez for Shine LatinaRead More »from VIDEO: Freshen Up Your Spring Makeup with Colors
For spring, add pop to your makeup routine with subtle colors -- try going for a bright-pink lip and green liner. The idea is to take inspiration from the colors of blooming and incorporating them in fresh, creative ways. A good one to try is Stila's new, intense Countless Color Pigments, $22 each, which can blend together to create your own unique shade.
Apply Stila's Countless Color Pigment in Groupie to the inner corners of your eyes. Then take the bronze pigment and apply it to the rest of your eye, up to right above the crease. To intensify the eye, take the dark-brown pigment and smudge it on the outer corners. Then take a clean brush and blend out any harsh lines.
Apply Stila's Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Turquoise, $20, to the lower lash line and slightly flick it upwards at the outer corners of the eyes.
Using Stila's Countless Color Pigment in Light Show, apply a mix of the dark and light blue to the
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