Archive for May, 2014

RIP, Payton

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

It was a year ago today that you went on your last insane hunting safari…..and leaped like a maniac after that MARINE iguana.  Silly girl!

I miss you every day.  EVERY single day.  Paytie, you were the best cat ever!  Miss you so much.

Payton ~ the Empress....knows clean when she sits on it

Payton ~ the Empress….knows clean when she sits on it

~ Blonde Gator

P.S. Blonde Mom misses you too!  Happy hunting, your Highness!

 

Happy Today, Happy Tamale!

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

Every once in a while I get the Jones’ for Tamales.  And serindipitously, the banana trees just happened to push some beautiful, new, unblemished (untorn) leaves.   (Click here for the “before” pics)….. So, before the yard guys got here to trim up the bananas, I cut some of them to make my favorite tamale wrappers.

Delicious!

Delicious!

While I love chicken enchiladas, I just don’t think the chicken filling works as well as pork with red chili in the red tamales, so those are my go-to.  I roasted off about a seven pound pork butt, and made two big trays of red enchiladas, as well as about a dozen tamales.

The recipe for roasting the pork for both applications is here.  Making the enchiladas is here.  And the recipe for tamales is here.

Steamed Banana Leaves (rolled up), Steamer Basket w/2 Layers of Tamales, 8 Quart Pot, Ready to Steam

Steamed Banana Leaves (rolled up), Steamer Basket w/2 Layers of Tamales, 8 Quart Pot, Ready to Steam

Bon Appetit!

~ Blonde Gator

P.S.  I found out I could FREEZE the steamed banana leaves, so I will no longer have to wait for a sufficient number of perfect leaves to make tamale wrappers out of.  Woo Hoo!  Merely cut out the center stem, pile atop one another, roll them into a tight cylinder, steam and then wrap them tightly in plastic wrap, then foil, for the freezer.  Voila!