I remember waking up to the smell of caldo de albondigas on Sunday mornings. It was my favorite thing to have during the winter! This Mexican broth traditionally contains meatballs and veggies. But as I turned vegetarian I couldn’t have caldo de albondigas. My mom and I were […]
You Will Need
3 Cups of corn flour (I used Maseca)
500 grams of vegetable shortening
2 tbsp of table salt
1 cup of water
1tsp of baking powder
Making the masa!
You want to add your dry ingredients into a bowl and gradually add the water and vegetable shortening into the mix. Alright, time to get messy! With this recipe, you will need your two hands. Not a wooden spoon or a spatula, but your actual two hands. The point of this technique is to mix everything perfectly and the warmth of your hands will make it easier to mix the vegetable shortening with the rest of the ingredients. It’s just like making cookie dough. Once you are done making your dough you can start making your tamales.
It’s that easy! This recipe makes around 15 tamales and it is delicious, enjoy.
This past weekend I had the honor to check out one of the many coffee shops on my boyfriend’s bucket list. It was Menotti’s Coffee Stop located in Venice Beach, California. As I walked towards the door the welcoming tunes lured me in. Right there and then I knew that I was not going to order the usual boring latte. As I looked for something appealing to order, two gentlemen greeted us with open hands and asked us where we were coming from. My boyfriend happily replied, “the bay area”. I am not sure if this is a common thing in Venice for a barista to ask where their caffeine enthusiast customers are coming from. But it felt good that they seemed interested in us. As the chatter came to an end my boyfriend asked what they recommended us to order. Reaching for an old photography frame they quickly handed us their special hidden menu. At first, I was like, okay why do I need this image of an older man for? But it was obvious, the menu was behind it, so clever! The title of Vegan Spanish Latte quickly caught my attention.