Wednesday, February 24, 2010

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Tofu is great because you can do anything with it. It just soaks up the flavors of whatever it’s prepared with. Like this crazy thing!

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I love the IDEA of egg salad, but it’s just too… eggy?

I know that sounds insane, but there’s just something about the yolks and the gloppy mayonnaise and the sliminess that is just… ick. But I love the idea of a cool, crisp, slightly creamy, protein-rich, salad with dill and paprika and onion, so I set about making it with TOFU!

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And it was awesome. Tofu, minced green onion, minced celery, capers and their juices, mustard, yogurt as my binder (regular readers know how I feel about mayonnaise blecccch), salt and pepper, paprika, and dill. SO YUMMY!

Another component of this lunch I kinda just ad libbed and it was so great. Chopped apple+ chopped pecan+ cinnamon+ glob of plain yogurt on top for garnish.

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I thought about heating up the fruit but since this was right after a workout I, as usual, only wanted cold food. And I liked both angles so you get two pictures!

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Pecans are so naturally sweet. How do they do it?!

Along with snow peas (yum! I eat ‘em raw!) my delicious lunch.

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SO well rounded, too! Got allllll my food groups! This is how I like to eat- well rounded nutritious meals with lots of flavors and textures that take a nice long time to eat. The thing with the insane amounts of noshing that has been going on since I got home is ENDING!

On another tofu note, baked tofu always appeals to me in other peoples’ blog but since I always wing it when I make it, it’s never been totally satisfactory. So, wild and crazy, this time I actually followed a recipe! I consulted those experts in vegetarianism at Moosewood, specifically my copy of Sundays at Moosewood and made myself a tofu topper consisting of miso, green onion, and tahini (!) thinned with a bit of water.

Into the oven:

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And out:

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Okay I know this will sound crazy, but the topping when it gets all crisp and brown tastes like CHEESE! It’s like the edgy bits of a lasagna, mmm.

The first time I had it (all aloney, while my mom was still on her trip) I had it with a salad of greens, shrooms, celery, and the salad dressing with which I’m currently having a love affair, Annie’s Gingerly:

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Mm, crispy goodness!

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Since I had this following the injera-fest at the Ethiopian restaurant, I wasn’t feeling a grain-y side dish, so I just had it with a delicious orange and ginger tea.

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Someone asked how I made tea with fresh ginger:

I keep a knob of fresh ginger in my freezer (it NEVER goes bad!). When I want ginger tea, I peel back just enough of the skin to cut off 2 or 3 nickel-sized slices of ginger. Then I pour boiling water over them and let them steep 5 minutes or so. (Confidential to the ladies- ginger is a natural anti inflammatory and I drink oodles of this stuff that time of the month!)

When my mama returned, I used the copious amounts of leftover topping (despite the fact that I had made 1/4 the recipe!) to make it again, this time accompanied by some bok choy. My bestest friend, Noodles (well, some weird people call her “Lydia”) makes really really great bok choy and I asked her to send me her technique and she TOOK HER SWEET TIME but I was distracted with other veggies.

Anyway, copied word for word:

chop up tons of ginger and cook it in spray oil for a couple of minutes (real oil would get it too crispy.. though that's really good with carrots..), then add the chopped bok choi with soy sauce and let that steam. then the sesame seeds.

The result:

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It’s GOOD.

This time I sliced the tofu thinner and also put it in triangles to maximize crispening possibilities.

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For dessert, we dug into a fun souvenier that my stepmother got whilst on her layover in Japan: MOCHI!

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Due to my unfortunate lack of knowledge of Japanese, I have no clue what the flavors are. I tried the pink one (the only one I can fairly confidently state is probably strawberry), the one I’ll call “green”

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And the “darker green with powdery stuff”, which had red bean in it.

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Love love love Asia’s fondness of bean desserts. I did not eat a savory bean dish the whole time I was in Taiwan or Bangkok, but I ate so many fun bean sweets!

13 comments:

theUngourmet said...

I need to work on my tofu skills. Everything looks so tasty! I'd also love to try those Japanese goodies! ;)

Katherine Aucoin said...

I don't have any experience working with tofu but it would be itneresting to try this on my family to see if they noticed the difference.

Your little japanese treat look adorable!

Tamara Marnell said...

The green/powdery green was probably matcha (green tea)--they like to put it in everything!

Veggies 'n' Cake said...

I really, really, really wish I liked tofu. I have a problem with the texture of it.

Anais said...

I only made baked tofu once but it was a disaster! it was like eating rubber... and I followed the directions, so I'm not too sure what happened. I'm going to try a recipe with tofu this week so hopefully it turns out ok :)

Michal said...

Oh yum i love tofu! Your eggless salad looks yummy :)

Katie @ Health for the Whole Self said...

I absolutely LOVE the idea of making an "egg salad" but with tofu! I can't wait to try this!

Molls said...

oh wow your tofu baked with [cheese] looks so so good! Very impressed.. I haven't mastered my tofu skills yet!

Laurie said...

I love mochi.. my 16 year old son introduced it to me one day at Traders. It's so good for dessert, especially with this dish!

Vanillastrawberryspringfields said...

This is delight full and Joanne being ur sweetfren too, am inviting u here for her little party(its her birthday dear -i know that u know dear) which is a suprise party for her ...do leave her a wish in the sprinkles ok.....my feeds arent working or updating ,so am trying my best to find all her pals to leave her a wish in the sprinkles before she gets there or even after....will ya help too to make it a little sucess....and leave her a wish too?

http://vanillastrawberryspringfields.blogspot.com/2010/02/joannes-birthday-middle-eastern-chicken.html?showComment

Joanne said...

Firstly I absolutely DETEST mayo also. Yogurt substitute is ALWAYS the way to go.

I LOVE baked tofu. Totally know what you mean about the crispy edges. Like lasagna without the guilt! Not that I ever really have any guilt...lasagna is too good for that.

Red bean mochi are quite possibly one of my favorite desserts EVER.

The Healthy Apple said...

I Love your creative tofu dishes...they look fabulous...I love Tofu...so yummyyy.
Have a great weekend!

rollerkoesterrun said...

Oh my gosh- LOVE your idea of a Tofu salad, as opposed to Tuna. I am the same way about mayo, but do love those type of salad mixtures. I've never had Tofu, but would love to try this out- sounds delish!!!

Thanks!

~Christie (http://rollerkoesterrun.wordpress.com/)