Friday, April 25, 2014

Tamales

It's been a long week...

On Wednesday I had no small children. It was a gift. The day was dark and overcast and I decided early on to try something I don't normally tackle myself. It isn't a difficult task, per say, just time consuming.

I started with the chuck roast in my fridge. It went into the crock pot early in the morning, about 7 o'clock, with a package of onion soup mix, and then I did some cupboard searching to see what kind of supplies or ingredients I might be missing for the feast. I found a partially used package of crushed red chile from New Mexico (something like this...) and dumped some in a pan of hot water to simmer, but I had no masa and no corn husks, so off Hannah and I went to the Mexican Market in the neighboring town.

By mid afternoon I had a nice piece of beef that shredded easily and a tasty red sauce to stir into it. I realized a little late that my corn husks should soak for about three hours. They were probably in for one and a half. Then I mixed up the dough, found my trusty helper Hannah, and we did the assembly together. It was kind of fun actually and it wasn't long before we filled up the roaster and put them on the stove to steam.

I heard they were very good. My favorite "New Mexican" said they were delicious and my kids have been gobbling them up. I haven't had one yet, my stomach has been off, but we have a bag in the freezer and I'm sure to find one on a plate in front of me before too long.

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  1. Never had those...look great!
    It has been a long week, hasn't it Martha!
    Time for some relaxation...sure, really?
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. Since my husband spent a good deal of his childhood in New Mexico, his Mom has made them often.

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  2. They were delicious. I had a couple yesterday for lunch.

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    1. I have to try it again sometime because now I have a big bag of masa in my freezer.

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  3. They look wonderful, Martha. Since two of my SIL are Mexican, I do get some authentic ones at Christmas. Wish they would make them more often. I've never tried.

    I've packed, showered, clean out the frig so I don't come home to green mold..haha...now I'm taking a break to visit a few friends before we head out in the morning.

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    1. Have a good trip and give that baby a kiss for me.

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  4. I've done that, well himself helped. it's worth every little step. yum.. when one finds it's way to your plate, take a picture of it unfurled. then I will drool more.

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    1. Unfurled... I like that word.
      :0)

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