Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Hot tamales!

I can't believe I never ate a tamale until I moved to California.

Now they are my ultimate comfort food. On days when I really need to relax, there's nothing better than turning a bowl of masa into beautiful tamales.

It is the exact opposite of fast food -- the tamales are handcrafted with care, a dollop of masa followed by a spoonful of filling, each one carefully wrapped in corn husk, then steamed. It is a slow process, but one well worth it.

Steamed

For this batch, the masa was made with the basic recipe from "Veganomicon." They are stuffed with a mixture of organic goodies from my CSA share: Zucchini, summer squash, carrots and onions, black beans, chipotles and other spices.

Tamale lunchbox

It makes the greatest lunch. The other people in my office always gaze at me with envy.

3 comments:

jennycestcake said...

I watched a PPK video the other day that showed Isa and Terry making tamales. They made it look so easy! Your tamales look fabulous! I've never had one, so maybe I'll put "make tamales" on my to do list.

Rach-ums said...

I am also envious of your lunch! Tamales rock.

Katy said...

I've never had a tamale, but they sound great!