Sunday, March 6, 2011

Homemade Tamales

As of yesterday I am 38 weeks pregnant. I spent my late morning and afternoon making tamales. Jarom is so adorable and wonderful that even as uncomfortable as I can be at times I did this for him. He asked if I would be willing to make tamales about a year and a half ago. He has been so patient and it is a miracle that I agreed to try (as most of you know before getting married I did not cook at all and never thought I would). I just love making that boy happy!

The end of January I was at a friend's house (Jessica Wheeler) and she had made tamales and wanted me to try one. It was my first time and I liked it with sour cream. The corn flour called masa is more coarse than our flour (so texturally I need the sour cream). When I came home and told Jarom that I am committed to trying to make them before we have the baby he was so excited. So doing this for him has been on my list of "things to do before the baby comes" since then. Jessica told me to let her know if I needed any help.

Some of the recipe was in spanish and so I didn't realize that the masa it called for was already moistened (I had the dry flour). So instead of a nice light dough it was a dry crumble. I called Jessica and she came over to help, yeah! I knew it needed more chicken stock and/or water I just wasn't sure how much. I used fresh banana leaves and so they had to be washed and then softened in the oven. Jessica told me you can buy frozen ones that are ready to fold. On friday I prepared the pork in the crock pot. Yesterday I did the dough, guajillo chili sauce, assembly and steaming of the tamales. It was wonderful having Jessica to show me the best way to fold and Jarom was in the kitchen cheering us on (the recipe gave directions but to have someone show me is so much easier). Jarom was able to try one before he left at 3:30 to go on a long run with his Dad and he was a very happy and grateful boy. He was so proud of me. Because he is so encouraging and complimentary it makes me want to make them again (plus it was kind of a cool new cooking experience). It will probably be a couple months (once I have my head on straight from having this baby).

Hope you are all doing great and we'll let you know when our new addition is here!!!


ALANNAH said...

Congrats on your accomplishment! Now that you know how, we can make tamales the next time we spend Christmas together. Christmas isn't Christmas without tamales. Bella and Helenna are pretty good at wrapping them too.

Doug said...

Also Alannah could translate the Spanish for you. Also good luck with the baby.

Heather Mowrer said...

I purely love tamales, but have only made them once because of the hassle and my inexperience. I did mine in corn husks though. It would be fun to make them together some time Rose. :)

Sarah Webster said...

Alannah and Heather I would love to make them in Oregon with other beautiful girls like the two of you. The more hands the easier the task. If one or both of you wants to lets do when I'm in town for 4th of July. It might be easier than the Thanksgiving trip this year since I get to stay longer in the summer. Let me know. Doug, great idea I wish she could have done that for me. It would have saved me some time and worry. I'll keep you posted about the baby. I am so ready to be done!