Happy 2021! What a a strange, often difficult year 2020 was…. Sneaking suspicion, I’m not the only one who’s glad it’s over am I?
Truly, I don’t want to complain. I do recognize I’ve been blessed in many ways this past year. I have not suffered the hardships or pain that many, many, people have gone through. People have lost their jobs, their health, even their loved ones. My heart aches for those who have been through these and so many other hard things. We all know someone at this point who’s been through the ringer don’t we? It makes me very aware of how protected I really am and I am deeply thankful.
However, I (like many others) have struggled with loneliness and a sense of isolation this past year. While it is not the same as some of the more extreme difficulties others have endured, it has been painful and hard not to see so many of the people I love the most.
Crossing the invisible line from 2020 to 2021 isn’t going to magically fix all that has been going on. Yet, maybe we have hit the beginning of the end of some of the difficulties, if that makes any sense? I find it a little easier to breath with 2020 in the rear view mirror anyway.
I’m just tentatively starting to think about when we might be able to see family and friends again, go back to church in person, or even just walk into the store for an item I don’t absolutely need this minute. It feels like a fragile thing, that might break if I look too closely. But I am hopeful.
But How To Hang In There A Little Longer?
I also realize that I need to continue to stay busy with good and fun projects, or I just will not have the patience to continue to wait, because those things are not quite here yet. That has been a big part of my coping mechanism for 2020. Keeping busy with a good project leaves me a little less time to dwell on what I’m missing.
Cooking and baking has definitely been one of those good activities for me. Throughout the pandemic I have rediscovered my love of the kitchen. It’s definitely one of the reasons I’ve made my way back to posting here at Feed Me I’m Hungry.
Lets Kick The New Year Off Right And Make Some Tamales!
So, I say lets kick off the New Year right with a delicious kitchen project, homemade tamales! It might help us keep patient as we wait for a little bit of normal. At least they will most certainly be delicious.
I have always loved tamales. My Dad introduced me to them as a kid and I have never looked back. What’s not to love about tender masa stuffed with flavorful meat? Smother that, preferably with green chile, and I’m in heaven.
Naturally, as an adult I wanted to learn how to make tamales myself. I had the pleasure of taking a class on the topic a few years back, which was a total blast. The best tip I picked up in class, is to always season your masa. Not sure if this idea if this is a traditional step in tamale making or not, but it majorly ups the flavor of the tamales so I’m sticking with it.
The other thing the class helped me realize is that tamales are such a versatile food. While I will always love the traditional style pork tamale, I have made wonderful versions filled with chicken, beef, or even just vegetables and beans. I’ve even tried my hands at dessert tamales. I’ve tried to write my recipe here to reflect this versatility. So experiment with your flavors. Go wild and please share the delicious things you come up with in the comments.
Step By Step Visuals For Tamale Making
Please excuse the ugly pictures in the slide show. (Took them a while back with the cell before my pre fancy fancy camera days.) However, I do think they still give you a good idea of what to expect for each step.Print