I'm happy to report that my tamale making was a success! They're so much easier to make than I ever imagined! I once worked with this woman who made tamales like once a month or something, and she always described it as an all day event that left her kitchen completely trashed. It just seemed like a lot of work. I was so wrong. I guess that saying about assuming making an ass out of u and me is true. At least the me part.
|Getting ready for their steam!|
|After steaming, before being dressed up.|
The tamales took an hour to steam, but to prepare them it was only like twenty or thirty minutes at the most. The dough doesn't have to rest or rise. And, the dough is super easy to work with. And the ingredients are so cheap! I paid like two dollars for the Masa flour, and we all know how cheap black beans are. And you don't need vegan cheese to make these delicious either. And it feels like a fancy meal. I felt happy while these were steaming, because I made something a little special for myself, ya know?
Before I sign off to go take the longest walk in the sun, I wanted to leave a link for the newest Vegan Warrior Princesses Attack podcast. It really hit close to home in a lot of ways, and inspired me. I love that they inspire me in very non judgmental ways. Through discussing their own feelings, and being honest about their own struggles, it makes me feel safe to see where I'm making mistakes, or slacking off. I feel like sometimes leaders, speakers, "experts" whatever you want to call them can be hard to relate to, like they're talking at you, not to you. That's when you lose me. Anyway, I seriously cannot say enough good things about this podcast. Listen to it when you're doing something really mundane, I swear it will make the time fly!