Tamales at the Soil&Water Garden

On Saturday, August 18, Soil&Water garden held a cooking demo making and enjoying tamales.  A huge thank you to Dulce and Agustina for demonstrating their traditional method for making tamales using the corn leaves (not husks).  Everyone attending watched the demo, learned the recipe and then washed their hands to have a try at wrapping these lovelies.

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 Tamales really are a family event; always made in bulk with everyone pitching in to wrap them up. 

Tamales really are a family event; always made in bulk with everyone pitching in to wrap them up. 

We steamed them right at the garden! During tamale steam time, Jason held Dirt Detectives, a science activity using microscopes and magnifiers for the kids (and adult kids!). Here is the earlier blog post link about that event with a few more pictures below. Some of the things observed under the microscope were corn stems, cabbage leaf cross section, carrot root, sunflower pollen, dandelion fuzz, pine needles and bug parts. You're awesome Jason for putting this together, I loved this about as much as my kids.

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 As part of the scavenger hunt, the kids observed  sunflower pollen  up close using magnifiers. That is pretty cool but you can also bet that we take every chance to show them how amazing bees are. 

As part of the scavenger hunt, the kids observed sunflower pollen up close using magnifiers. That is pretty cool but you can also bet that we take every chance to show them how amazing bees are. 

Once finished, we enjoyed the tamales topped with fresh tomatillo salsa, cotija cheese and sour cream.  Minati and Dulce each made salsa using tomatillos and chillies grown at the garden.  These tamales were a vegetarian version but can be made any way you prefer to stuff them. They were so good!

We've also made it a regular thing to have infused water at most workdays.  It is easy to use a fresh selection from the garden.  This day's selections were cucumber & mint infused water and refreshing hibiscus tea. 

Thanks everyone for making this event so much fun!  It really is what this Soil&Water project is all about....  To bring people together around food and learning. 

And for those of you interested in growing hops, we are growing them! These cascade hops seems to be doing well.  

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