Archive | December, 2008

Making Tamales 101

20 Dec

The only thing i ever ask my mom for my birthday is tamales. She makes the most delicious tamales ever. So this year i decided to document the making of our family’s almighty tamales.

My mom learned how to make tamales from my grandmother, who has then taught me and my sisters how to cook them. Even though i have assisted in the preparation, wrapping, and eating of tamales, by no means could i ever accomplish this alone. You always need at least 2 to 3 people in the conveyer belt of folding the tamal in the banana leaf.

Heres most of the process…Enjoy….

It begins with the base. This is rice, liquified in the grinder, and now boiled to make it nice …
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and pasty…

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… el recado is tomato based…

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… with chilles, seeds, garlic, and other spices grilled and toasty …
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… only to liquify them all together to make the spiciest and tastiest recado …

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…The tamales this year included turkey ones …
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and veggie tamales …

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…4 hours later after your ingredients are finally ready, they need to be wrapped in banana leaves…

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… fold ’em up …

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…stack ’em up…
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… up, up (66 tamales counted)…

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… and now cover it with some leaves, throw some plastics bags over it and some cloth so that the steam remains… (brought to you by liborio’s – L.A.’s central american super market)

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Then, you finally have to let it cook for another two hours….it was midnight by the time we finished cooking.

so for my birthday breakfast i had tamales…and then for lunch the CP mafia came over and enjoyed them…

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….and then i ate them again for dinner with the homies…and for one more breakfast, squeeze in another lunch meal with tamales… and 24 hours later only 2 were left…

tan tan, este cuento se a terminado


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Full moon tonight!

13 Dec

full_moonIts great to be a sagitarius.

By sunset you can catch jupitor ( sagi planet, the biggest one in our solar system) and venus glowing in the south west.

the moon will be at its closest to earth since 1993. high tides come along with it.

annual gemenid meteor shower on the 13th/14th between 10PM and 2AM.

dec. 2nd was UN slavery abolition day, dec 10 was international human rights day, dec. 18 is international immigrants day.

yes it feels good to be a sagi. truth seekers and wisdom speakers.

se me cuidan. and enjoy the blessings of tonatzin.

International Human Rights Day

11 Dec

Did you take time today to reflect on your human rights?

12/10/08 - International Human Rights Day Vigil in front of Federal building, downtown L.A.

12/10/08 - International Human Rights Day Vigil in front of Federal building, downtown L.A.

On Dec. 10, 2008, International Human Rights Day,  Los Angeles, community organizers supporting immigrant rights called a candle light vigil and march to the downtown federal building today to remind people and this government of the human rights they violate daily towards immigrant people. Ending family separations between U.S. born children/citizens and their mothers and fathers would return some humanity to us all as a nation.

This country however was founded on the violation of human rights. First; Indigenous genocide, land theft, enslavement, punishment for spiritual and cultural practices,  degradation of life, and boarding school teachings. Second; Forced migration and enslavement of African peoples, lynching, chaining, beating, raping, owning, segregation, and assassination of freedom fighters. For every ethnic community that arrived on this country, they have been met with xenophobia, racism, segregation, relinquished to ghetto life, recruited into wars, under-educated, punished, imprisoned, over worked, underpaid, physically, spiritually, and mentally oppressed.

After the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, a border was drawn by man on a map. Ownership over lands once shared are now deserts with spirits still walking to cross the border, pushed out of one’s own country and homeland because of the economics at play since the conquest. Relegated to third world status, Latin American countries are good for exploitation from the sugar cane plantations of the Caribbean nations to the fabricas/maquilas using womyn for control and production.

I do not understand peoples hate towards our human brothers and sisters who are seeking a future. A future that is not guaranteed in their homeland. From Filipino womyn who become bride ordered to womyn who leave their child behind so they can send money to feed them, the level of oppression and exploitation, and lack of human rights has created an exodus from poor countries to the United States, a “first world” country. People are here to work, survive, find love, create families, educate children, keep culture alive, create businesses and share knowledge. But the U.S. government only know to humiliate, detain, deport, and seperate families.

Human rights have been denied in the United States since before 1776. This is a fact and this country still doesn’t know how to treat all humans with respect and equality.

So where do you stand today? Where will you stand tomorrow? Check yo’self and all your privileges.

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if i write something

7 Dec

will it come out on my homepage….

testing, 1, 2, 3…