Since the New Year I have been trying very hard to eat healthier. I’m eliminating tortilla chips (okay, maybe trying to cut down) and have been drinking a green juice every day — I even wrote about my new routine here. I am human and like everyone I have cravings and indulge once in a while. It’s all about balance and my life would be no fun without some of the foods I love most…like red chile and pork tamales.
I only eat tamales a couple times a year. Usually we make them during Christmas, but this year since we were traveling I was unable to make any, so the craving was still there. I had to get the craving out of my system and hosted a tamalada (tamal-making party).
It was a wonderful day and I am thrilled that I was able to share the experience with friends and family.
Thank you to Ansh, Heather, and Chris for sharing some of your photos while I was busy en la cocina. Thank you Michelle for jumping in an rinsing corn husks with my daughter. Thank you to my cousin Brenda who stayed behind and drank wine (ahem) I mean helped me wash all the dishes. Thank you to all my friends who came over and spent some time with me in my home.
We even had an apron contest and my cousin Brenda was the winner. I have admired her apron ever since she wore it for this party. Thank you Princess House for donating this lovely bamboo chef’s board for the contest.
Most everyone left with tamales in hand to freeze or steam for a quick dinner. I’m exited that I have tamales in the freezer to pull out and celebrate Día de la Candelaria (Candlemas) and Super Bowl on February 2.
And just incase you missed the tamalada video here it is again.
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Thank you to Princess House for an impressive steamer and KitchenAid for my new lovely blender.
And special thanks to Chris for capturing such a magical video.
For more photos and complete Red Chile and Pork Tamales recipe please visit the KitchenAid blog, for tamalada hosting tips visit The Latin Kitchen, and for a variety of tamal recipes to celebrate Día de la Candelaria visit Parade.com.
Kitchen products I used:
- KitchenAid Stand Mixer
- KitchenAid 5-Speed Diamond Blender
- Princess House 15-Quart Stockpot and Steaming Rack
- Princess House Straining Skillet
- IMUSA Mexican Molinillo
- Manual Food Press Processor With Stand and Pestle
- LeCreuset 3 1/2-quart French Oven
Written by Yvette / Video by Pure Cinematography