Jueves: Convivio – preparar una comida tipica (tamales)
Jon and I were taught to make traditional Mayan tamales last night. We had a great time.
We started with peeling boiled potatoes by hand (tricky and very messy). Then mashing them into a dough. The dough was kneaded until soft. A liquified fresh salsa (mostly peppers) was poured into it and kneaded a lot longer until uniform.
Jon and I cleaned palm leaves and tore them to the right size. Next, we put a large spoonful of dough on the leaves and added chicken (some with bones), dried fruit, red pepper strips and one tiny chile. We folded them into bundles. They were transferred into an enormous pot with hot water at the bottom. The pot was placed on the grill surface over a wood fire.
While we were waiting for the tamales to steam, almost everyone played Spanish word bingo several times. The winner received a large beer. I won once, but it meant I had to read out the next round. It was a little nerve-wracking.
The tamales were really great. You ate them with a fork picking out bones and prune pits and the tiny chile. I ate one of the tiny chiles and decided I wasn’t going to do that again.