Tamales are a typical Christmas dish in Costa Rica. When we were in Guatemala, the Spanish school we were attending had a cooking class every week. Both times we made tamales. Ever since we went to Mexico in April last year I had wanted to try and make my own tamales. Now that we are living in a place with a kitchen I decided to give it a try.
We did some shopping for Christmas dinner and I picked up a few things for tamales: tomatoes, chicken, onions, masa (some sort of corn flour used for making tamales). I found a recipe on the internet for a filling and made it on the evening of the 23rd. It ended out tasting good. Cooking this simple mixture was more fun than you could imagine for me, since we’ve hardly done any cooking in the last 5 months. We’ve done really simple cooking, but nothing that is even the slightest bit labor intensive. To be able to spread out and just cook like at home is fun by itself.