Friday, February 15, 2008
labor of love
We don't go crazy over Valentine's Day here. No decorations, a few little gifts. Nate had been craving tamales for a while, so I thought they would be a nice Valentine dinner. Have any of you made them before? It's kind of an all day affair. I started at about 9 am, and just had them finished for dinner at 6 pm. I used this recipe from the Food Network. It wasn't a great recipe, at least for a tamale novice. I found I needed more specific instruction. For instance, when describing how much masa to spread over the corn husks, it didn't give a quantity. But it did offer the strident yet vague admonition, "Do not use too much!" I could only guess what "too much" might mean. A lot of my problems probably stemmed from the fact that I'd never eaten tamales before last night. So I was really unsure what they should even look like.
But, when they were finally done, they tasted good. Nate gave them the thumbs up. He also gave me some beautiful flowers. Awwww.
Hope everyone had a sweet Valentine's Day.