Sort of a Tamale

Sometimes watching videos can be a pastime (a waste of time?) and sometimes it can move one to action.  I saw a young man being taught Mexican cooking by grandmothers and it inspired me to do something along the tamale line.  This is in no way meant to be an authentic tamale but it made a nice dinner and kept this gardener occupied while waiting for the weather to be more auspicious for gardening.  Previously, as far as I can remember, the only tamales I have eaten came in a can.

I cooked some meat like I do for pork BBQ (boiled, basically) and steamed some leeks from the garden while it was simmering.  I stuck four whole tomatoes down in there just until they cracked, then removed and set aside for a sauce.

I made the corn flour mixture using half the fat called for.  I think 2/3 cup must have been a mistake.  So 2 cups corn flour, 1 tablespoon baking powder, ¾ tsp. salt, 1/3 cup lard and duck fat that we had left over and 1 ¼ cup bouillon from the meat.

I didn’t have any banana leaves or corn husks so I used parchment paper.  I set them to steam for 2 hours in our couscoussier.

For the sauce I used the Vitamix blender and the four tomatoes, one shallot, one clove of garlic, some salt, cumin and paprika.

While they would not win any prizes for elegance, they were a very satisfying meal and I was happy that they did not turn out as falling apart blobs.

one tamale

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About djdfr

Daily life experiences by a Franco-American woman living in the Breton countryside form the basics of this blog. Gardening, watercolour, choral music, food, are some of my interests. I seek to balance the physical, mental and spiritual. I am a free believer praying from the Bible, the Qur’an and The Revelation of Arès. In 1974, with Jesus as the messenger, and in 1977, manifesting as a stick of light, Our Creator spoke directly to a man in Arès, France, named Michel Potay. The message is in the book “The Revelation of Arès”. It is a call for us to change, to practice love, peacemaking, forgiveness, to free ourselves from all prejudice, to develop our spiritual intelligence, the intelligence of the heart.

One response to “Sort of a Tamale”

  1. fatoscan says :

    Looks delicious , In Turkish we say ‘ Afiyet olsun ‘ , which means good to your health .

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