I spent most of last Friday afternoon making Christmas tomales with my "little old ladies" that I teach aerobics to. They were making them to sell and we ended up making about 200 tomales. They were so excited that I was helping them and learning to make tomales so that I could make them back in the states and/or for my Tico husband. They couldn't seem to decide which outcome they would rather see but had a great time debating the two.
It was a lot of fun and the tomales turned out ricisimo. Here's what I learned....
First you roast the banana leaves
Then you cook some stuff....
The tomales are masa (corn meal dough stuff), rice (no lack of carbs here), potatos, carrots, green peppers, pork, and chayote (a tropical vegitable) rolled in plantain leaves.
Then tied with love by little old ladies (Emphasis on the little, I don't think that either of them hit 5')