Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Bad food pics but yummy food

This first dish is up there with my favourite tofu dishes, and I really like the method for dry frying the tofu first and love the orange sauce It was a perfect way to use up some excess oranges from the food co-op and I think I will add it to our dishes that we have again and again.

I don't want to risk losing the recipe so here is it:

Orange Tofu with Broccoli from Vegan Homemade

1 lb.(450 grams) extra-firm tofu, cut into cubes or triangles
bunch of broccoli, cut into florets
4 cloves garlic
4 green onions
3/4 c water
1/4 c orange juice
1 Tbs lemon juice
2 Tbs seasoned rice vinegar
4 Tbs soy sauce
1/4 c brown sugar
1/2 tsp red pepper
1 Tbs cornstarch

Dry-fry tofu until browned, or saute in oil if preferred. Steam broccoli until crisp-tender.

Whisk remaining ingredients in a small bowl. Heat a large skillet to medium, and add tofu, broccoli and sauce mixture. Bring to a simmer, then continue to simmer until the sauce is reduced to your liking, stirring occasionally.

Serve over brown rice or noodles.

Erin also linked to this handy link on how to dryfry tofu.

This second dish was so great when I was sick. Ginger is awesome for both nausea and colds/flus. We followed her recommendations and used soy sauce instead of braggs. I love the unusual combination she uses, it actually works.

Carrot Ginger Cashew Pasta from Vegan Soul Power

*This recipe is casual with portions, because it can easily be stretched. I usually use about 3 carrots and 2 handfuls cashews.

-Raw, unsalted cashews
-Carrots, peeled and chopped
-1-2 cloves garlic, peeled
-1" ginger root, peeled and sliced
-1/2 tbs agave nectar
-Whole wheat pasta
-Kale or swiss chard, loosely chopped

1. Bring a large pot of water to boil for your pasta. Bring a small pot of water to boil for your veggies.
2. Using a steamer insert, put equal parts carrots and cashews, along with the garlic and ginger in a pot to steam. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, and steam for about 5 minutes, or until carrots can easily be pierced with a fork. Meanwhile, cook desired amount of pasta.
3. (Carefully) add steamed veggies to food processor or blender. Add a dollop of olive oil, a splash of braggs, and agave nectar. Blend until smooth-ish.
4. Once pasta is al dente, pour over kale or chard. Then toss with carrot sauce, adding a tiny pasta water if desired.

And finally not a food pic but a pic of the graffiti from my favourite safeway in Brunswick. It's my fav safeway because they sell tofutti cream cheese, often has good buskers, is right near radical grocery and I can take the bike path the whole way to get there instead of having to cross Sydney or Grantham St.

1 comment:

  1. marzipan balls! i didnt recipe this on the blog because i cant remember what i did differently exactly besides doubling the marzipan recipe and making one awesome batch of hard-set ganache and one kinda failure batch of hardset ganache. so i wanna figure that out before i blog it. i first made marzipan ages ago using this recipe: its a real good egg free guide. and so for this i made twice the amount and moulded them into balls and coated them in ganache. set in the fridge on a cookie tray covered in glad wrap and voila, roo poo lollies :D