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Posada

Well, I experienced my first Mexican Posada on Saturday night.  I have to admit, I was a little trepidatious before it.  As you may know, I have little time for all thing religious.  It just gets under my skin, and makes me feel like my brain is being sucked out.  Don't get me wrong : I have a lot of respect for the kind of person who can, in the face of mountains of contradictory evidence, still insist on believeing the various tenents of any of the world's religions.  I mean : talking snakes? Jeeeeze...

Anyway, I digress.  I was very nervous about people coming into my house to take part in what is, after all, a religious cermony.

I really needn't have been.  As I might have guessed, most people where only really interested in the food, the drink, the dancing and the piñata.  Yes, there was the part where they ceremoniously re-enact the nativity.  But it was actually very pleasant. This is where some of the the people go outside and sing a special "let us in" s…

Piñatas finished, and making tamales.

We worked long into the night finishing the Piñatas and the tamales for the posada party.

Our good friends Tom and Alfa came round, and helped us - then (finally - after getting a bit lost) Michaela arrived to lend a hand too.  The 5 of us worked hard - mixing the dough, making the mole & salsa roja, constructing the tamales and finally getting them cooked. 

But even after everytone left, Jacqui and I stayed up, finishing the tamales and putting finishing touches to the Piñatas.  While waiting for the tamales to finish, I also made several batches of Fairy Cakes (or cup cakes - same thing I reckon).   Hard work, but absolutely worth it.

Here's some photos of the preparation.  I'll do another post after this one with some images from the posada proper.


The Piñata; complete. Isn't it beautiful?


Tom getting his hands messy - making the tamale goo (thanks tom!)




Mole - delicious chocolate & chilli sauce.  Goes in the tamale.



These are the corn husks.  Yes, in a laundry bas…