January 16th, 2009

Spicy Tofu Stirfry

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Serves 4


Ingredients
1/2 tsp ground turmeric
1/2 tsp ground ginger
2 tsp cumin
1 tbsp coriander seeds
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp black peppercorns
1 tbsp caster sugar
500g firm tofu
1 bunch of scallions
4 celery sticks
2 red peppers
1 yellow pepper
175g courgettes (zucchini)
175g mangetout (snow peas)
1 tbsp lime juice
1 tbsp honey substitute
Oil for frying, up to you how much you use and which oil


1. Dice the tofu up and dry fry it until it's golden and smells like popcorn (or is that just me?). Alternatively dry it out in the microwave or just dice it and don't mess around with it. Oh the options!

2. Crush the coriander and peppercorns. Put the turmeric, ginger, salt, pepper, cumin, coriander and sugar into a bowl and mix together until well combined. Put the tofu into the bowl and mix it around until it's coated in the spice mixture.

3. Chop the scallions, celery and peppers into 2in thin strips. Cut the courgette into thin slices and trim the mangetout.

4. Heat some oil in a frying pan or wok and cook the tofu until it's crispy then set it aside on a warmed plate.

5. Add slightly more oil and stirfry the vegetables over a medium heat for about 8-10 minutes. You'll know when they are done to your liking.

6. Add the tofu to the pan and toss it around a bit to make sure it's nice and hot. Then drizzle over the lime and 'honey'. Give a minute or two more and, ta-da, it's ready to serve!


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Cheezy Mashed Cauliflower

 My sister got me Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything Vegetarian for Christmas. There are a ton of recipes I want to try. Most of his recipes are easily veganized, however, he had a recipe for mashed cauliflower that called for milk or cream and 2 cups of shredded cheese. So I decided to experiment and veganize it. Here is the recipe and a picture!

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Not the best picture (I wished it looked like Ariane's mashed cauliflower from Top Chef!) but it was pretty tasty along side some meatless meatballs. I bet this would be a good side to go with a neatloaf. When I made this, I think there may have been a lot of liquid in the cauliflower itself because it was a little too liquidy. Next time I will put in 1/2 cup of soy milk and save the other half if it needs it.  
 

Popcorn kernels

So I don't really have a recipe, but thought there might be a few people here who are addicted to popcorn like I am :) So I was at the store before Christmas and noticed they were selling different kinds of kernels (not just the normal white/yellow kind that is like always used to make popcorn and the only kind I can find in the store). I was super excited as well...I had never seen other kernels. But they didn't have any more the next time I went back, and I had stupidly not purchased them when I saw them so I searched the internets and found: http://www.popcornlovers.com I got one of the variety packs and tried two of them and oh my goodness! They are delicious! And so much better than normal popcorn!! And both had a different flavor and were pretty good all by themselves! I usually don't like normal popcorn plain as it doesn't have much flavor, but these are delicious! So if you are addicted to popcorn I would suggest checking them out. And hopefully you think it is as delicious as I do!!