I have always wanted to make tamales but heard they were hard work, so I pushed it off for many years. However, lately it feels like it’s a good time to start checking off the bucket list.
As my daughter, Heaven, and I watched videos and went through the process we laughed so much. We had a blast making these and yes the process, at least your first time, is very time consuming.
We made the meat a day ahead in the crock pot. We made beef barbacoa with brisket and then I used the same juice to cook chicken breasts. The fat from the brisket ended up making a very tender and moist chicken. The meat was the easy part and so tasty. So I figured since the meat was ready it was going to be an easy breezy process but I was wrong…
Before we began the process we decided to call Heaven’s friend because her family is Hispanic and I figured the best thing to do was to ask an expert. Lala’s mom gave us tips on things like the husks and she just happened to have some available because she was cooking corn, so she was able to show us what they should look like.
So, our first step was soaking these husks. I was going to do it in a pot but then Heaven came up with the brilliant idea to fill the sink with warm water and put them in there, one less dish to clean. After they soaked for about an hour we started the process.
Heaven made the masa. It should look like the consistency of peanut butter, nice and light.
Then we broiled poblano peppers, skinned them and chopped them up.
Then the fun part. You spread a decent sized spoonful (level ice cream scoop full) of masa on the husk, put sauce, meat, poblano peppers and cheese on top (those are the ingredients we chose). Then fold it in half, lengthwise, and up from the bottom.
We sent pics to Lala and her mom and got her approval on the dough but she said next time we should put the dough in the middle of the husk because it will ooze out of the top when it’s to high. Now steam them for 45 min…
They actually ended up taking about 3 hours, may be because we used a steamer instead of a pot with a steamer basket, but doesn’t matter, they were worth the work and the time, I can’t believe I put it off so long. Next time, we will add way more ingredients though. Yum…
I just can’t imagine not being able to do things like this with my baby girl because the people who are supposed to take care of and protect us, are slowly controlling us. I can’t imagine not standing up and doing something about it. I mean if we are going down, we may as well go down fighting but what does that look like?
Many are just waiting for the war to begin but that isn’t going to bring our children a bright future and make things “normal” again, by that time it will be too late, what can we do now? We can’t keep putting things off because it requires hard work, like I did with my tamales, but at least putting off tamale making won’t alter my future.
We all have different gifts and qualities that we were created with. If we bring all of our ideas together maybe we can conquer this situation. The situation I am talking about are the “vaccine passports”. Even if you chose to get the vaccine you can still stand for freedom of choice. I believe that if we don’t stand for the freedom to choose, NOW, we will lose it shortly and we will all suffer.
Revelation 13:16-17 He causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their forehead, so that no one may buy or sell, except he who has the mark or the name of the beast or the number of his name.