Tamalada 2012: Sweet Christmas Tamales

 

Up before the sun to check on the pork.  It’s done!  I take it out of the crockpot to begin cooling and will shred it when I get a chance. Continue reading

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Tamalada: Night 1

For the un-initiated, tamales are a foodstuff that’s been around since 5000 BC.  They are believed to have originated with the Aztecs and Mayan cultures when women were taken along into battle to cook for the men (many of said women were kidnapped from their villages to do this service).  At camp, cooking was your standard tortillas and gruel but this still left the warriors hungry while out on the battlefield so out of necessity, the tamale was born.  Continue reading

It’s Tamalada time!

 

If you have spent any holiday time in a community with Hispanic influence, you are likely familiar with tamalada.  For those who haven’t, a tamalada is a get together of family and friends where everyone pitches in to make dozens upon dozens of tamales.  In years past, these events would normally be for women only and would take place either just before Los Posadas or on a night during the tradition.  Making tamales isn’t hard but it is amazingly labor intensive and the addition of lots of helping hands where everyone gets their own assignment makes the process go by faster.  Continue reading