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11.10.2016 Nena & Co. Insider Event

Posted by Ali Hynek on

A few weeks ago, we invited some of our favorite bloggers, influencers, and friends from around the valley to join us for a traditional Guatemalan meal in Ali's home. The night was absolutely lovely! Big shout out to our Nena team for making it all happen, and to our wonderful guests! 

The food, the decor, it was all unreal! Check out a few of the recipes from the evening below!


A traditional Guatemalan desert drink, this is my own recipe, I make it a
little thicker than you would buy it at any market in Guate, and a little sweeter too.

4 cups of rice - cook in rice cooker then put it in a deep saucepan.
This will yield about 8 cups of cooked rice. Place cooked rice in saucepan
and add water just above rice level.

1 Cinnamon stick
1 Tsp. Salt
½ cup sugar
½ cup raisins (optional)

Let mixture come to a boil. Simmer at low heat for 5-10 minutes,
stirring constantly. When it starts to boil and gets thick, add: 1 cup of milk
(you can add a little more milk to make it thinner) and bring to a boil.
After it boils add: 1 14 oz. can condensed milk and 1 12 oz. can
evaporated milk. Add more sugar and milk if it’s too thick. Heat through
until it's softly boiling, turn off as soon as it starts to boil.
Enjoy! Great for breakfast or any time… 


4 cups of black beans, washed and rinsed well 
4 cups of boiling water (heat in microwave for 4 minutes)
4 cups of boiling beef or vegetable broth (heat in microwave for 4 minutes)
½ of an onion, minced
1 tbls. Minced garlic or 4 garlic cloves, minced.
¼ cup chopped cilantro about half of the bunch (optional)
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp rosemary
¼ tsp black pepper
3 tbl olive oil
1 tbl mole mix (optional, this is salty so don’t add as much salt or beans
or it will be too salty)
1 tbl A-1 sauce (optional, again, this is salty, so don’t
add as much salt)

Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker, add hot water as needed to
finish cooking. If you are cooking overnight, set cooker at low heat, you will
have hot beans for breakfast. If cooking during the day, set cooker at high,
it will take about six hours, add salt to taste.

Before dinner, Ali showed the ladies around her beautiful home. Everyone ended up in the kitchen before sitting down to hear all the behind the scenes magic!

 Lots of laughter and fun! Let's do this again soon, mkay? 

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