This was our first time making tamales--and it was definitely a joint effort. The recipe is from the Modern Vegetarian cookbook. The filling is a mixture of seitan, peppers, and spices. The "dough" was actually very simple and contained some olive oil, hot water, salt, and a lot of masa harina. The tough part was forming the tamales--which became easier as we did more of them. The side is the recommended accompaniment in the cookbook--a mixture of pinto beans, onions, roasted tomatoes, and spices. We modified the side recipe a little and used canned beans instead of starting with dry beans and added beer when cooking (because beer +beens always = yum).