July 30th, 2005

Mango-fried-tofu salad with chili-lime dressing

My friend and I made this last night for a potluck, and it vanished.

The salad
2 cups chopped (between bites and dice) mango, preferably Manilla variety
1 lb. tofu, cut in dominos and deep-fried, or a pound of tofu-age; cut dominos in half lengthwise before adding to salad
1 cup jicama, cut small (think thick, short matchsticks)
1/2 cup whole, toasted, unsalted cashews
1/2 cup cilantro, coarsely chopped
1/3 cup very thinly sliced red onion

The dressing
Juice of two limes
Several shots tamari--probably about 1/4 cup
1 Tbsp. palm sugar (or other sweetener) or to taste
Several shots chili oil (I think minced jalapeno would be great, too)

Toss everything together and try hard to wait at least 30 minutes (tossing occasionally) for the flavors to soak in.

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getting the right texture with cookies

I recently made some chocolate-chip style cookies, using a typical recipe but leaving out the eggs. (I looked through the many cookie recipes in the memories section, and finally decided to try the simple thing first.)

The resulting cookies were plenty tasty, but had a very crumbly texture. The dough almost had to be pressed together, and the baked cookies crumbled.

I notice that sometimes people use Ener-G egg replacer in baked goods, sometimes people mention applesause, and there are probably other egg replacers that I don't know about. Can anyone tell me which replacements work to make cookies less crumbly?

creamy mango frozen dessert

hey there :)
i'm a community junkie and also a cooking addict, but i rarely post and felt i should start contributing to my favourite community :D

i'm 19, from england and am always on the lookout for new things to try.

i've been taking loads of photos of whatever i happen to create for dinner lately, simply because they look so damn good, and i'll post some recipes soon.

however, this afternoon i whizzed up
1 mango
4 fresh lychees (could use banana or another fruit instead)
a few pieces of frozen pineapple
2 tablespoons of plain soya yoghurt
a dash of monin coconut syrup, i got a bottle for 50p..mm (you could use any sort of sweetner but it isn't really needed. or try some coconut powder or milk)

by the time i'd made this creamy-thick smoothie i wasn't really so hungry, but it tasted so luxurious and custardlike..soo...i put it in my freezer. i've been stirring it every so often to break up all the ice (i do have an ice cream maker but it wont fit it my freezer at the mo :| )

its damn tasty, like a cross between sorbet and mango ice cream. i shall have it later with papaya slices. i thought i'd share since it was so simple.
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mama mia!

this is, by all means, a far stretch.

as we were watching the godfather the other night, I noticed some cookies that looked to me like christmas cookies. by "christmas cookies" I mean those shortbread cookies that I see around the holidays here in the states- some dyed green, some red, some with seasonal crystal sprinkles... all in one box.

the boy recognized them as being the same kind of cookies his grandmother always had around. he didn't do much in the way of describing them, but said they could probably be found in an italian market of some sort.

I found an italian market today (which was actually surprising to me, as I hardly associate them with my area), but didn't go in. the point is that I know where to go should I find out what exactly I'm looking for.

do these cookies ring a bell to anyone? italian grandmother cookies (my own loose terminolgy)?

I'd like to make or find some for him, but I'm afraid everything about them seems terribly vague- including this request.