January 11th, 2005

tofu rescue

please help!! my flatmate & i attempted our first tofu marinade last night, with disastrous results. our first mistake was trusting the advice of a vegan friend who only eats fruit & crisps [too lazy to cook]. i've just read back through the memories & now possess all manner of knowledge about the various kinds of tofu & how to press it & so on. but our tofu still needs rescuing.

basically, we had a box of silken tofu, not frozen, just straight out of the box. my flatmate said we needed to press it, so we squished it between 2 plates, which obviousy left us with a pile of mush. anyway, we went ahead & stuck it in a dish of mango & coriander marinade which is delicious, so we don't want to waste it. we were going to stirfry it, would that still work? would baking everything work? what sort of results will we get from that? or should we just dump it & chalk it up to experience?

any tips would be incredibly appreciated!

Ranch Tofu Nuggets

Ranch Tofu Nuggets - Very Kid Friendly

1 packet fat-free HVR ranch seasoning (or other vegan ranch seasoning)
1 cup cornflakes
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1 lb. of extra firm tofu
Soy milk for dredging

Preheat the oven to 400.

Slice tofu into 8 slices. Press for 10 minutes to get out extra water. Cut each slice into four nuggets and set aside.

Crush cornflakes into fine crumbs. Mix with ranch seasoning and nutritional yeast.

Dredge tofu nuggets once in the coating mix. Dip the nuggets into soy milk and dredge again to recoat.

Spray a cookie sheet lightly with oil. Arrange nuggets in a single layer on the sheet. Spray the nuggets themselves lightly with spray.

Bake for 10-15 minutes or until coating is dry and crispy.

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I have always been more of a homemade cookies kind of girl, over pre-packaged ones. However, I recently got an ice cream maker and I do enjoy oreo chunks in things (cookies & cream ice cream, oreo cookie crust, etc). Wild Oats brand oreo-type cookies (and Newman's Own Brand) are really very good for this purpose. However, yesterday I went to get some more oreo cookies to make some vegan cookies and cream ice cream and saw Newman's Own oreo cookies which were HINT OF MINT flavored. I bought them reluctantly - I love chocolate mint, but I had kind of envisioned this tasting like fake, plasticty overpowering mint.

I was wrong. They are AMAZING. They taste like Girl Scouts Thin Mints. They are vegan. I employ everybody to try them.

I have made great chocolate soy ice cream and am working on the vanilla base now to put these cookies in. I'm not quite as confident in it. Anyone ele have any experience making vegan ice cream and have a good base recipe for vanilla? It may turn out okay, I'm not sure. I'm using a plain tofu, vanilla, sweetener, and soy milk combination - using Soy Creamer to add thickness. I'm considering adding a package of Mori-Nu vanilla pudding mix for flavor, but not sure if it will work or not.

Either way, try the cookies!

no-margerine cookies

SO! anyone have a cookie recipe that doesn't require margerine? like, maybe veggie oil or......something.....lol. my husband's dying for cookies right now and it's snowing like mad outside and i'm out of margerine. i actually have earth balance stick, but i absolutely despise them and think they make everything taste absolutely wretched. ;) i used up all my tofu. must i remain cookie-less? :(

Do you know the muffin man??

I just found out that the yummy Jiffy Muffin mix i LOVE so much contains lard (uber grossout!) Oh how disgusting i feel. That leads me to my question. I am a lover of muffins in the morn and was wondering if anyone has yummy recipes so i could make them myself.

***i love blueberry, banana, and apple cinnamon muffins but i'm so willing to try any kind!***
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