i am finally home! a beautiful day with my parents and the dogs. as i walked into the kitchen, the familiar, succulent smells and sights melted my heart, watered my mouth and ignited my belly. fresh, crispy patacones were just coming out of the skillet, i ate them with frijoles molidos, there was a party in my mouth. exploring the kitchen, i came across this beautiful item here shown, the legendary costa rican tamal. shiny beads of water running down the plantain leaf covering, a calling to discover the treasure within. alas, these are no ordinary tamales. these are special vegan tamales ma made just for me! words will not make justice to this beautiful food, but here is an attempt. home-grown basil, rosemary, tomillo, veggies and other special secrets blended with ground corn ‘masa’ and home-made hummus. a blissful, creative and unique delight. gracias ma!