Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The Making of Tamales, part two

After prepping what we could at home, we loaded our wares into the SUV and headed to Tampa. We used the kitchen at my dad's church to finish the birthday meal for Agustin. Part of our reasoning for moving the party to Tampa was because---that is where most of our friends live! It saved them an hours drive out to our house, plus the fellowship hall gave everyone ample space to move around and play.

The corn shucks must be immersed into warm water to soften them before spreading them with the masa.

Here my mother in law is adding the shredded chicken to the base.

YUM! My fave-the fresh cilantro!

Let the spreading begin! Masa first, then---

after coaching me on how thick to spread the masa, my mother in law filled the tamales with the chicken and green salsa mixture, which includes tiny cubes of carrots and potatoes. She also adds peas. We made 200 tamales that evening!

Elias gives a helping hand while Clint (the gringo) tried to get into the spirit of things!

Agustin making the salsa Mexicana!

Clint got bored with the entertaining of the troops and started cleaning more shucks for us. He had to check each one to be certain no corn silk was left on any.

The hungry mob filling their plates with home made tamales, frijoles guisados,
arroz Mexicana y salsa Mexicana!

Dad and Sydney discuss the Scriptures!

Shawn experiencing his first tamale. It was a winner!

Agustin enjoying his mama's home cooking on his birthday! I was so happy for him!

Pablo, Shannon, Sydney, Michael, John

Mom arrives with the birthday cake.
I cheated! We bought it at Publix. Due to the labor intensiveness of making the tamales, no one wanted to fiddle with baking a cake!


MightyMom said...

homemade tamales!!

and it isn't even Christmas!!! wow.

Betty said...

Those tamales sound so good. I would love to taste them some day.
Looks like everyone had a great time!

Mrs. C said...

That does look like a lot of work. Except the cake LOL! Happy birthday, Agustin!!

Anonymous said...

As you know, I love seeing the different traditions and differences in cultures between our family and Beto's family. I've learned much and enjoy watching his family enjoy their food and fellowship. I know you enjoy it all, too!

Happy birthday to your glad he had his family to be with him and his food to savor.

Jungle Mom said...

I could almost taste them. the picture of dad with Sydney is precious!

Aliene said...

Hi Pam, Haven't heard from you in awhile. Might be because I did not check in for awhile with the passing of my Mom.
I'm having company tommorow. A coule from our church. I'm fixing Taco soup over Totillo chips topped with sour cream and cheese.
But I cna't get into the cilanto.
My grandaughter sais you have to cultivate a taste for it.
Have a good week.