I just got back from a vacation in Santiago, Chile (where my stepfather is from). And although I could go on – at extreme, annoying length – about my love of Chilean food and wine, I will limit this post to my absolute favourite thing:
empanadas. [caption id="attachment_3427" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="Empanadas de pino with pebre from La Hacienda restaurant in Santiago, Chile"]
[/caption] Empanadas can be found all over South America, but my favourite are the Chilean beef-filled ones called
empanadas de pino. They are typically served with
pebre, Chile's answer to salsa. And by that, I mean the sauce, not the dance. Although I enjoy both.
Here's how you make empanadas:
Make (or buy!) your favourite pie dough and chill in the fridge. Make enough for a double crust pie. (Classic empanada dough uses lard, so if your recipe calls for lard, all the better.)
In a Dutch oven, brown 375 g of lean ground beef.
Add 3 onions, finely chopped; cook, stirring, until the onions are soft and any liquid is evaporated, about 10 minutes.
Stir in 2 tsp each ground cumin, smoked paprika and chili powder (or if you can get it, substitute 1 tbsp merkén, which is dried smoked Chilean goat's horn pepper, for the paprika and chili); cook, stirring, for 1 minute, just to toast the spices.
Whisk together 3 tbsp flour and 1/4 cup beef broth or water; stir into the beef mixture.
Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until thickened, 5 to 7 minutes. Season with salt, to taste (but not too aggressively, since olives are going in and they're salty!).
Let the mixture cool in the fridge; stir in 2 diced hard cooked eggs and 1/2 cup chopped, pitted green or black olives.
Let the pie dough stand at room temperature until softened, about 30 minutes. Divide dough in half.
On a lightly floured surface, roll out each half to 1/8-inch (3 mm) thickness. Using whatever cookie cutter you have, cut out circles, rerolling scraps. (I like big empanadas, so I use an empty coffee can, but you can make little ones as hors d'oeuvres.)
Beat anegg with a little water; brush the egg wash around the edge of each circle. Place some of the beef mixture in the centre of each round. (The amount will depend on the size of your circles, but don't get too excited and overfill! They'll explode.)
Fold the pastry over the filling to make a semicircle. Fold the edge of the pastry over itself and crimp or press firmly to seal.
With the tip of a knife, pierce the tops to create vent holes. Place about 1 inch (2.5 cm) apart on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. (You can make these ahead and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. Or freeze them until firm and then transfer them to an airtight container to freeze for longer; bake straight from frozen, adding a few extra minutes of baking time.)
Brush your egg wash over the outside of the empanadas. Bake in centre of 400°F (200°C) oven until golden, 20 to 25 minutes.
Let cool slightly and enjoy with pebre, or your favourite salsa.
[caption id="attachment_3431" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="Yes, please!"]
[/caption] There are loads of South Americans living in Canada and, frankly, we're lucky to have them. They help make Canadian cuisine the varied, delicious concoction that it is.
Have you ever tried Chilean food?
While working for one of the most glamorous airlines in the world, Emirates flight attendants must provide top-of-the-line service while maintaining an immaculate appearance. With journeys that last as long as 16 hours, how do these ladies remain flawless? We’ve gathered their skin care and makeup beauty secrets, which can be used at any altitude.
1. In-air skin care When travelling from city to city, it’s important for cabin crews to consider different weather conditions before embarking on a skin-care regimen. Identify your skin type—dry, oily or combination—then plan a skin-care routine for the weather you’ll be travelling to.
2. Take it off As tempting as it is to just fall into bed after a long day, never forget to remove your makeup. If makeup sits on the skin overnight, the cells don’t have a chance to renew themselves. This bad habit can age the skin. Try quick-and-easy one-step cleansing cloths if a rinse-off cleanser seems like a hassle.
3. Match it up Test foundation on your jawline, not your wrist. The colour will be more accurate, and will blend into your neck for a natural look. The right tone will make your skin look fresh and clear, even if it’s breaking out from travel.
4. Smooth it out Whether you use a sponge, brush or fingertips to apply foundation, there’s only one rule: use a downward sweeping motion. This application will smooth out fine hairs on the face. 5. Bottled hydration station Hydration sprays keep the face moisturized in dry atmospheres. A few spritzes overtop of makeup keeps foundation from cracking and looking cakey. The Emirates crew recommends Evian Mineral Water Spray Duo To Go.
6. Be neutral Neutral shadows suit everyone, so stick to a single nude palette—and you’ll also make space in your makeup bag. Simply find the right tones for your skin tone—cool, silvery shades if you have pink undertones and golden shades if you have yellow undertones. 7. Keep it light If you’re feeling fatigued, stick to lighter colours on the eyes. Dark shadows can make eyes look drawn down. As for eyeliner, applying it to your top lash line will make eyes look more open. Skip bottom liner, since it can emphasize dark circles.
8. Prime time Waterproof mascara is handy but it can dry out your lashes. Opt instead for a primer followed by regular mascara to help with water resistance while keeping lashes hydrated. Always apply in a zig-zag motion to prevent clumping.
9. Matchy-matchy The Emirates ladies wear deep red lips and nails to correspond with their uniforms. Don’t go overboard with colour coordination, but matching lips and nails in hues like coral, plum and pink can pull a look together. 10. Soft smooch If you suffer from dry, flakey lips, exfoliating is key. Applying lip balm over and over will only create buildup. Try using a small exfoliating brush in the shower.
11. Rule of thumb Test out lip colour on your thumb pads. Since thumbs contain the same acidity that lips do, this test spot will reveal how the shade will show on your pout.
12. Colour inside the lines Use lip pencil all over the lip to make colour last all day. Do not top with lip gloss, as this step can change the shade of the pencil and make it wear off more quickly. Read more: How to dress for business travel—our tips!
Our editors share the items they are coveting this February—and they're all under $100.
As much as we love shopping, what we love even more is a good deal. Which is why we asked our style editors to share the items that they'll be shopping for this month. The good news? Everything is under $100, which means you don't have to feel guilty about picking a few things up yourself.
As I think about spring, I always begin to think about what sneakers I’m going to pick up. Spring is sneaker season, at least if you ask me. This year, I’m going back to basics with a classic pair of Vans. Bonus—they’ve been spotted on bloggers, models and off-duty actors, so you know this style is making a comeback. At the very affordable $80 price point, this will be money well-spent seeing as how I'll be living in them for the season. - Alexandra Donaldson, contributing editor
Graphic pants are everything at the moment. Dress them down with sneakers, add heels for a more professional look, pair it with a form-fitting top to keep it sleek. They'll go with everything. - Noelle Gauthier, style intern
Uniqlo women smart style ankle length pants, $40, uniqlo.com.
Easy to apply eyeshadow
If I’m wearing makeup beyond my under-eye concealer and mascara, it needs to be efficient. Which is why I have my eye on this Nudestix eye crayon. The metallic hue will add a bit of pizzazz to my makeup look, without too much extra effort.
Nudestix Magnetic Eye Colour in Twilight, $28, sephora.com.
How come boyfriend jeans always seem amazing in theory, but never translate into the model-off-duty look when worn? These "girlfriend" jeans have a tailored fit making them far more wearable.
Animal motifs have been hot on the runway—but if you can’t afford to spring for Gucci (and really, who can?) you can pick up this panther cropped sweatshirt from Forever 21. At $25 it’s a steal—and super cute to boot.
A few years ago I never could have imagined loving the kitten heel like I do now—but these days everything is old new again. The low-heel allows me to survive in them all day, so I'm thinking they'll be sticking around for awhile.
Say what you want about the Kardashians, but they have the perfectly tousled California-girl waves I'm after. Enter this new haircare line by their trusted hairstylist, Jen Atkin. I'm eyeing this texturizing spray to recreate their manes.
We asked some of Canada's top celebrity designers to spill the beans on their best-kept design secrets—and did they ever! Read on for expert advice on everything from space planning and choosing paint colours to styling shelves and how to create a foolproof gallery wall.
The inside scoop on space planning
How much space do you need around your dining room table? Can you really make a room feel larger? Our experts weigh in.
Tip 1: Sofas should be two-thirds the length of the longest wall, and seating is placed close enough around so no person is more than eight feet from another to allow for easy conversation. — Glen Peloso and Jamie Alexander
Photography by Arnal Photography
Tip 2: One easy rule to figure out what size dining table you need: allow for a minimum of 30 inches walking clearance on all sides. — Karl Lohnes
Tip 3: Space planning is critical. For a kitchen island, for example, leave three feet of space between the island and surrounding counters. Ensure that appliances (like the fridge or dishwasher) can open without blocking traffic flow or hitting neighbouring walls or cabinets. Not leaving enough room is a mistake people make all the time, before they call a designer in a panic to help fix it! — Lisa Canning
Photography by Arnal Photography
Tip 4: Use mirrors strategically to expand space and increase the amount of natural light reflected in the room. Framing a wall with floor-to-ceiling mirrors adds a dramatic effect to the feeling and scale of the room. — Brian Gluckstein
Photography by Arnal Photography
Tip 5: Allow for 18 inches between the sofa and the coffee table so people have enough room to pass by and to make it easy to reach for drinks or food. — Amanda Forrest
Tip 6: Want to make sure furniture fits before it arrives at your door? There are a host of free sites (like planyourroom.com) that allow you to put furniture onto a scaled floor plan. Another option? Many furniture and decor stores offer free design services, and they'll do the calculating for you. — Janette Ewen
Light it up
Follow these five rules and your lights will shine in all the right ways.
Tip 2: Install dimmer switches; they're a practical way to control light and energy consumption. — Amanda Forrest
Tip 3: The bottom of the shade of your bedside reading lamp should be at shoulder height when sitting in bed. Do the math! — Karl Lohnes
Tip 4: Choose a pendant or chandelier that's one-third the size of the table or kitchen island. Hang it approximately 30 to 36 inches above the table or island; if there are more than one, place them 12 to 18 inches apart. — Mia Parres
Tip 5: Incandescent bulbs are great for atmosphere lighting, but LED bulbs are more suited to task lighting, when you really need to see what you're working on. — Janette Ewen
The inside scoop on paint and palette
Did you know that paint selection should be one of the last decisions you make when decorating a room?
Tip 1: I'm a firm believer in mood boards. They're not just for designers! Gather together fabrics, paint samples and inspiration images for a room before starting. It will create a picture and a trajectory that you may not have thought of. — Steven Sabados
Tip 2: When you design a room, pull your palette from one inspiration fabric. Whether you use a whimsical print or a more traditional pattern, take all the colours present in that material and allow those to guide fabric selection for pillows, throws, drapery and upholstery in the room. Take that same fabric to the paint store and have a custom colour mixed that matches one of the hues exactly. — Lisa Canning
Tip 4: Fine finish Choose a fresh trim colour in a semigloss, such as Benjamin Moore's Chantilly Lace OC-65. It creates a subtle separation from a matte wall, and it's a much more durable finish, which comes in handy since trims are usually the most touched, bumped and scuffed parts of our homes. — Mia Parres
Tip 5: Colour pop If you buy that cool orange statement chair, give it a buddy. When you're adding a colourful piece to a space, always have at least one other subtle hit of that colour elsewhere in the room to create a cohesive feel. — Tiffany Pratt
Tip 6: Want to make a room feel taller? Paint baseboards and crown moulding the same colour as the walls. Want it to feel huge? mix one-third of the wall colour into the ceiling paint. — Karl Lohnes
The inside scoop on styling
You've bought the sofa and painted the walls. Now what? Our experts show you how to style a room like a pro.
Tip 1: Shop at stores that have liberal return policies and buy three times as much as you think you need. This gives you plenty of merchandise to play with to see what works and what does not. Mix in unique family heirlooms and vintage finds with the new pieces you purchase to create a naturally curated look. — Janette Ewen
Photography by Magdalena M
Tip 2: For a no-fail pillow combination, you need only three: one 20- by 20-inch, one 16- by 16-inch and one 12- by 16-inch. Those sizes look good together no matter how you arrange them! — Jo Alcorn
Tip 3: Beauty is in the details When styling a console, include framed art on easels or leaning against the wall; it's a great way to display smaller pieces. Create a dynamic vignette by mixing in boxes, vases and vintage pieces in differing heights and dimensions. — Brian Gluckenstein
Tip 4: Mix and match Use these common elements when styling shelves: stacks of books, gorgeous flowers and at least one accessory that has a lot of shimmer and shine. Varying heights and textures is also really important for visual interest. — Lisa Canning
The inside scoop on art
Take the mystery out of hanging art.
Tip 1: Make your own art! Buy a canvas in a size you're looking for, then grab some paint in the colours you're decorating with, and see what happens. Great masterpieces are born of happy accidents or beautiful mistakes. — Tiffany Pratt
Tip 2: When hanging art on an empty wall, the middle of the art should to be hung 66 to 72 inches off the floor. — Karl Lohnes
Tip 3: Art relates to furniture, not the ceiling: Keep art about six to eight inches above the sofa, or any piece of furniture, when hanging it. — Glen Peloso and Jamie Alexander
Tip 4: For a gallery wall, use different-size frames in one single finish and select artwork with a consistent theme in colour or subject matter to keep the display cohesive. — Brian Gluckenstein
Each year, top designers and brands showcase the best in innovative and inspiring design from around the world at The Interior Design Show in Toronto. We’ve picked our top Canadian designers that you may not have heard of yet, but should.
With the growing trend of love blending with technology, there are a variety of online dating sites with mobile apps that are helping connect more people. Whether you're looking for a casual encounter or something more serious, there’s a dating app to suit almost every need. Here are seven top dating apps for you to consider.
1. OkCupid (free for both iPhone and Android devices) This popular online dating site also has a location-based mobile app that allows you to take your experience on the go. Users can sign in via Facebook or directly through the app to find local singles. The app allows you to watch the activity stream for potential matches, "favourite" a profile and rate your potential matches through the Quick Match feature. With over five million registered users since 2010, you never know whom you might find.
2. Match (available on iPhone, Android and Blackberry devices) Match.com, a pioneer dating website that launched in 1995, has users based in 24 countries around the world. People can sign up through Match.com and then download the app on their mobile devices. The app allows members to view profiles, upload up to 24 images, add users to their "Favourites" and rate their "Daily Matches." Subscriptions range anywhere from a month to a year. Pick one that suits you best.
3. eHarmony (available for iPhone and Android devices) This popular online dating site launched in 2000. Its claim to fame? Over one million people who used eHarmony went on to find lifelong partnerships. Users can sign up via the app, complete a relationship questionnaire, upload photos from their mobile phones or from Facebook, and receive daily matches—all free of charge. Paid subscribers get access to email and can also see who has viewed their profiles. It's the perfect app for those of all ages who are looking for long-term commitments. 4. Badoo (free for both iPhone and Android devices) With a community of more than 208 million users, Badoo is perfect for those looking to socialize and meet new people. The free basic service allows users to chat with and message other members, and upload photos and videos. Members can sign in with a Badoo or Facebook account via the mobile app or website to connect with locals who share common interests. The app also features a fun game called Encounters, which allows users to view potential matches and then tap "yes" or "no" to indicate whether or not they would like to meet. If you're not looking to date, Badoo is also a great app for social networking and friendship.
5. Plenty of Fish (free for both iPhone and Android devices) Plenty of Fish (POF) allows users to find potential dates and perhaps even their soul mates for free! It does have paid services as well, but users don't really need to upgrade; most of the best features such as Meet Me, which allows members to flirt with locals in their areas, are free of charge. This app allows users to search for singles using filters such as education, height, religious affiliations and body type. Another cool feature is Date Night, which tells other singles in your area that you're available for a date.
6. Zoosk (free for both iPhone and Android devices) Zoosk is one of the top mobile dating apps for iPhone users and is one of the Top 10 grossing social networking apps in the iTunes store. This app is available for free and also has a paid subscription option that allows you to access more features. If you’d rather not pay, you can still browse millions of singles, create a profile, upload photos, see who has viewed your profile, and scan and show interest in another member by using the Carousel feature.
7. Tinder (free for both iPhone and Android devices) Tinder has quickly become the go-to dating app for young adults. And the best part? The app is completely free and works on the premise of anonymity. Users, who need a Facebook account to create a profile, can upload up to six profile photos and scroll through recommended matches from your area. If you don't like what you see, you can anonymously "like" or "pass" on the person. But it isn't just for the younger demographic: Tinder reports that 31 percent of its users are aged between 25 and 34, making it a great app for anyone looking to casually date or form potentially long-term relationships.