Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Tamale Festival at Mestizo, London

Thursday sees the beginning of Mestizo's first ever tamale festival, a week long celebration during which customers will be able to sample 12 authentic tamale recipes from Mexico. Much easier than making them at home!

According to the website: the tamale (from the word Nahuatl Tamalli, meaning wrapped) is a generic name given to several Latin American dishes of Amero-indian origin. They are usually prepared with cooked corn dough (usually steamed), wrapped in corn husks or banana leaves. They can be savoury or sweet, flavoured or filled, and can contain a variety of meat, vegetables, cheese, chile, salsa & fruit. 

In Mexico, 2nd February marks the celebration of the ‘Virgin de la Candelaria’, when it's customary to make tamales to enjoy with family and friends. Traditionally, the host of the tamale party is the one who found the figurine of Jesus hidden in their ‘Rosca de Reyes' (a sweet bread shaped like a wreath) on 6th January.

For further details, go to www.london.mestizomx.com

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