I’ve always wanted to know what tamales were. It’s one of those dishes you hear about now and then but rarely get the chance to try – at least if you live in Europe as I do. So of all the countries where tamales are eaten, I jumped for the first one that came along in this alphabetical cooking project. This happened to be Belize, which has its own delicious take on this classic Central American dish. These little packages of maize meal and assorted fillings sure are time-consuming. But how lovely once you sit down, breathe a sigh of relief after your labours, and sink your teath into a freshly steamed, piping hot tamal.