Friday, February 27, 2009

Hot Tamale Pie

I love fresh vegan tamales, but from what I've heard, making them is an all-day process. And I'm a gal on the go, so I ain't got time for all that mess. That's why I developed this Hot Tamale Pie for my cookbook:

It has a polenta-esque crust and it's filled with beans, veggies, and TexMex seasonings. Yummy in my tummy! I had some last night and today for lunch (served with a small romaine salad).

In other news, my kitty Seymour learned to drink from the sink this morning. He always sits on the counter in the bathroom when I'm getting ready in the mornings. Sometimes he'll lick the water left in the bottom of the sink after I wash my face. Today, I turned the sink on just a little, and after testing it with his paw, he tilted his head and started drinking!

Here's what he looked like afterward ... with water dripping from his little fuzzy chin:

38 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

Yum pie and cute cat!! :-)

Melody Polakow said...

he's so cute!

shelby said...

That is one sexay cat! haha Look at those seductive eyes ;)

Laura said...

ooh i hope you post this recipe soon....tamales are so good!! i can see this in my future served with some blue corn chips and yummy guacamole. i am excited!

snackaroni said...

Get ready for your water bill to go through the roof. It's impossible to say no to a cute little furry face who wants to drink from the tap. Just pray he doesn't learn how to work it himself.

Macie said...

What a cutie kitty! That pie looks amazing. I cannot WAIT until the cookbook. I'm sitting here with my friend from New Orleans (she's not vegan, but I'm working on her) and she's drooling over your blog :D

poopiebitch said...

Awwww, Seymour! So cute, even for an allergy-inducing little fur-ball (you know I love your cats).

I can not wait to test that tamale pie!

shellyfish said...

I love tamale time! I usually just pour something chili-like and cover it with cornbread batter...so easy but so, so good!
When I lived in the desert my kitties were always licking the spout on the bathroom sink. It was so cute!

Gina said...

Hahahaha, oh my gosh, your kitty is SO cute!! We have 5 cats in my house right now (only one is mine and we can't wait to move), and 3 of them like to drink out of the faucet. My cat will only drink out of "people" water glasses....its all very cute!

And, I want some of that pie, it looks so yummy.

Tami (Vegan Appetite) said...

Your cat is adorable! I can't wait for your cookbook...the idea of making tamales scares the hell out of me. But this pie is perfect!

Beazle said...

My cat does the same thing. I discovered her licking the sink one day and thought turning on the faucet would distract her. Nope. Now she will go into the bathroom and sit on the counter and call for me to come in and turn the water on.

Lisa (Show Me Vegan) said...

I love your tamale pie idea, for a quicker version of these ingredients. And the picture looks scrumptious.

Cyn said...

Yum! I love tamales, but I can never find corn husks or an entire weekend to spend making them. Tamale pie sounds awesome. I can't wait to try it out!

thedalyn said...

I used to think that it was cute when my cats drank from the sink, until I got my newest addition. He demands it even though i have never ever given in. Not once. Instead I bought him a fancy drinking fountain. He still races for whichever bathroom he thinks I'm headed to yowling his fool head off. Yeah...it's not so cute anymore.

omnidudemeandthebean said...

My kitty does that too! It is adorable. That tamale pie looks great.

Vegan On Stage said...

ahhahahahahah your cat looks like hes got a sassy attitude osososo cute :)

Kiersten said...

Aw, Seymour is a cutie

The Voracious Vegan said...

That pie looks so good! I have some polenta I've been meaning to use.....but even better than your pie is your handsome kitty! That last picture is just priceless!

Veg-a-Nut said...

I can't wait for your cookbook, I want to make that tamale pie now! :o) If you have testers they are so lucky to be one. Both my kitties love drinking out of the faucet. Everytime I go into the bathroom one of them runs in before me, jumps on the sink, and waits for the water to be turned on. Arn't kittie's wonderful? :o)

Avery Yale Kamila said...

The pie looks delicious! I can't wait for your cookbook to hit store shelves!

The Vegan Snorkeler said...

Too cute!

Mike K said...

I haven't tried making full-blown tamales either, but this pie looks like a great alternative. I'm impressed with the cat's new water fountain...both of my dogs pretend to be toughies, but they're totally water-phobic.

jessy said...

oh my goodness, Bianca - your tamale pie is genius & glorious all at the same time! mmmmmmmm! it sounds so darn deeeelicious! i can't wait to try it out! huzzah!

Seymour is the cutest ever! that's too awesome on him drinking from the sink! awwwwwww!

Vegan_Noodle said...

I"m totally with you on no time for making real tamales, but your tamale pie is just the thing for us busy gals, isn't it?

Jennifer (of Veg*n Cooking) said...

What a sweet kitty! Nermal used to drink out of the sink and it got so bad that she refused to drink any other way, we've had to make some concessions (having the water bowl BY the sink), but at least she will drink out of a bowl now.

Tamales are wonderful but they DO take forever to make, I am loving the idea of a tamale pie!

tahinitoo said...

That is one sassy, satisfied kitty!

The tamale pie looks pretty darn fantastic.

Zucchini Breath said...

That looks really good! I make a tamale pie type dish with quinoa, very tasty

Andréa N. said...

Oh my god, that face is perfect, priceless! Awesome picture of him!

happyherbivore.com said...

i have a recipe like that in my next cookbook too! I think we need to arm wrestle. :P

Ruby Red Vegan said...

Oooh oooh oooh, I want that tamale pie! I love that you say, "Yummy in my tummy"! You rock.

And so does your cat! Next time turn on the water a little when he has his head under the faucet, hahaha!

TavoLini said...

LOL!!! That's a happy cat!!

I've been a lurker for a hot second--I really dig your page and your recipes.

And that cat picture just made my day :D

Sal said...

the pie sounds delicious. damn when is this cookbook coming out already cuz all the tester pics i've seen look so good!!

seymour is so cute!!

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

Tamale pie?! Yes, please. Hello Seymour!

Shenandoah Vegan said...

Seymour is precious! What a lover!

Sheridanna said...

Omigod! He looks like Ellie!!! She's been wearing a little red collar with a bell too and he looks like her boy twin. ha! cute pic!

Alice said...

hahaha :D so cute! My kitty too loves to drink from the sink ;)

Summer Fae said...

Your pie looks amazing. I cannot wait for your cookbook to come out.

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