Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Happy Plate

Today for the fist time in weeks I actually ate all my food. My mom used to call a clean plate a happy plate. I was certainly a happy camper after eating this:
  • crisp red grapes
  • sugar snap peas
  • crunchy bell pepper strips
  • balsamic vinaigrette dipper
  • chicken tamale
I was just thinking, do you guys like tamales? Do you even know what they are? I never loved them as a kid because my parents didn't make them and when I finally was exposed to them they fell into the "wet bread" category of my self made food pyramid. Anyway, I started liking them a few years ago when I took a Mexican cooking class. I particularly like sweet tamales (cherry is my favorite) but those are hard to come by here in NYC. I did make the mistake of buying a pineapple tamale from a lady selling them out of a shopping cart on 157th Street. My stomach still hasn't forgiven me.

Anyway, I have jury duty tomorrow so I'm not sure what to do about lunch. Should I pack a full box or just throw a sandwich in my purse and call it day? We'll see.


  1. I love tamales! Red, green, sweet...they're all good. They take a lot of time and effort to make but the end product is well worth it. I wrote about an adventure in tamale making here:

  2. i have been wondering what a tamale was! do you make your own, or buy the bread and add your own filling?