Dec 24, 2009, 6:03 PM
Post #14 of 14
This is one of my favorite tamale stories.
When we stayed one winter in Melaque one winter for five months, an elderly man would pass by the house, randomly(or so it seemed to me) with his cry of 'TAMALES!!!!'
His tamales, made my his wife that day, were fresh and delicious and spoilt us for any others.
Planning to have a birthday party for mi eposo, and to include all the trabajores building the bridge next door during our stay, I commissioned the tamale man to provide tamales for la fiesta.
Date and time of delivery pre-arranged. (or so I thought)
A few hours before the fiesta, the tamale man, came by, saying, 'No tamales'.
It was a bit of a scramble(not impossible though) to get another menu together in time por la fiesta. Plus the easy back-up plan of buying mas cerveza.
Afterwards, when I mused on the situation, I thought perhaps, I had inadvertedly put undue pressure on the tamale man and his wife. They had their scene. It wasn't a catering type enterprise. A few years later, when our daughter learned to make tamales from scratch in Mexico. And then went on to make ALL of the tamales for a small restaurant in Canada for many years, I learned during the 'work party' how much time and effort, it takes to make quality tamales.
And why. So many are made at one time for special events. Frozen and reheated. No thanks!