Today was to be kiln loading day over here at Whynot, mother nature laughs, loudly.
If left up to me, I would pack a bag, close, and head out for a warm place to escape to for a few months.
I am pretty sure, 99.9.9%, that Mark would go with me.
We are like most of the south in that we are enjoying about 6 inches of snow with a little ice on top.
Now it is raining and we are going to add a good slick to the snow.
Let's call it winter here in the south.
But, as most of you know, we have been very lucky.
I have a brother in upstate NY that has had one snow after the other and he has not seen one degree above 0 temperature in weeks. Snow and brutally cold weather there.
So, really, we have little to complain about.
We are, warm, dry and the coffee pot is on.
The kiln will just have to wait a day or two.
A friend and I have been talking about doing this for months.
He finally had a day off, it was snowing, the kiln was cooling it seemed a perfect time to joined forces for some making of Tamales.
They were good!
We are already planning on doing them again.
This time we stayed on track with them, using ground pork, a bit of sauce on it, and Masa done up with essence of pork. Or, as we like to call it lard.
I was watching a cooking show one day and as the bacon was being rendered the person keep calling it essence of pig. New to me this fancy word for lard.
I can see why the whole family gets involved in making these, next time we will all be rolling and tying.
Also, I am going to look at a good steamer if I plan to do a lot of these.
We also invited a couple of customer/friends in from the cold to share in the eating. They had headed out of Atlanta for a vacation and are kicking around Seagrove for a couple of days.
It looks like the weather could be better tomorrow for riding around the back roads out here.
They may be with us a little longer than they expected to be.
Keep the home fires burning, we will be back with pictures later this week.