One of my favourite dishes is Brazo de Reina (the arms of the queen) made with masa….. a dough like mixture made from ground corn…… Similar to a tamale.Originally the dough encloses boiled eggs but I like it with just cheese in the middle topped off with lots of fresh tomato salsa.
But today I was teaching one of my employees how to make it . Yes you read right I was teaching a Mexican how to make one of his own special platos . This brought lots of laughter in the kitchen and so we continued.
To the masa we added chopped chaya (see my blog on chaya) salt ,oil and a little water and mixed together thoroughly. We then filled the mixture with cheese and wrapped up the tamale like masa with banana leaves From this it was placed into a Bana de Maria to steam for about 40 mins or so .The smell
Increases as the heat and the pot does its stuff.Mmmm time for a cup of tea!
This dish makes a great alternative for the vegetarians out there and is quite filling.
I hope this article dispells the theory that one person wrote on trip advisor that all foods in my kitchen are pre bought, frozen and re-heated and that nothing is actually made on site.
So why dont you come out and try it but call me first so I can be prepared.