This is my boyfriend's TLT (tempeh, lettuce, and tomato) sandwich with Vegenaise. Sooooo good.
The entire TLT plate. www.tempeh.info says that "tempeh is a fermented food made by the controlled fermentation of cooked soybeans with a Rhizopus mold (tempeh starter). The tempeh fermentation by the Rhizopus mold binds the soybeans into a compact white cake." The result is chewy, slightly meaty, delicious, and interesting. The tempeh used on this sandwich is smoked, to give it a somewhat bacon-ish flavor. It sounds weird, but it's good. :)
My own lunch: the tempeh reuben sandwich (a big slice of fried tempeh, sauerkraut, and thousand island dressing on rye toast), vegan red potato salad, and a homemade chocolate chip cookie.
A close-up of my sammich. I love this place.
This stuff all seems simple enough to make, I just need to get over my fear of screwing up tempeh at home. Anyway, I thought this might inspire some of you who have asked what one does with tempeh. :)