Not only is Christmas Eve one of my favorite holiday time cooking traditions, but making tamales with my mom, my boyfriend’s mom, and my nana is too. This year was our second year getting together to make some of the best tamales ever. My boyfriend’s mom, whose name is Elsa, is such an incredible cook that she could make a crap sandwich taste good; therefore, she is the one who teaches us.
Cooking the meat over night, soaking corn husks, boiling and grinding down chilies to make the special sauce, mixing and spreading the masa, and finally putting them all together to be steamed in a gigantic pot is all the hard work that goes into making perfect tamales. Although I do not usually make the tamales, my nana and I watch while Elsa tries to teach my uncoordinated mother, which can be pretty entertaining. This year my mom literally crawled inside the tamale pot while Elsa pulled her around!
Some people think it is weird when they hear that my mom and nana hang out all day long with my boyfriend’s mom but they are all amazing women who I love very much. Not to mention that when they are together they are hilarious to be around. These days are some of the best because I get to spend quality time with women I hope to grow up to be like. I will always cherish this time of year filled with laughter, love, and unbelievable food.