Seitan and Okra Stew
(seitan, onion, garlic, okra, salt, pepper)
Red Peas and Rice
(red kidney beans, jasmine rice, coconut milk, salt, pepper)
(collard greens, dinosaur kale, chayote, yam, scallion, okra, Scotch Bonnet pepper, veg stock, tamari, coconut milk, thyme, garlic, salt, pepper)
Time to fire up Lee "Scratch" Perry and King Tubby on the iPod and get on down with the dub stylee...
The red peas (kidney beans) and rice is a Jamaican classic, as is the okra stew -- surprisingly our son is really digging the okra these days as well. The Pepperpot Soup was sublime -- loads of flavor, texture and controlled heat (from the Scotch Bonnet pepper). Leftovers for lunch tomorrow!
Friday, June 30, 2006
Thursday, June 29, 2006
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Raw Food Wednesday: Zucchini Spaghetti with Cherry Tomato and Crimini Mushrooms,Yellow Tomato Gazpacho, "Greek" Salad
Raw Food Wednesday 6/28
Zucchini Spaghetti with Cherry Tomato and Crimini Mushrooms
(zucchini tossed with olive oil, salt, pepper; mushrooms/tomatoes tossed with olive oil, salt, pepper, nama shoyu, and dehydrated for 30 minutes at 110F)
Yellow Tomato Gazpacho
(yellow tomato, cucumber, garlic, scallion, basil, apple cider vinegar, olive oil)
(from Trotter/Klein: "feta" cheese, kalmata olive, yellow beans, cucumber, tomato, cinnamon, lemon juice, olive oil, sea salt, pepper, pea shoots)
another sort of "greatest hits" night -- and in fitting in with this week's quick-and-easy theme, the meal was made in the last 30 minutes before eating (although the "feta" was started in the morning).
Because of family scheduling, RFW may have to take a couple weeks of vacation, but it'll be back as soon as possible...
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Oyster Mushrooms over Rhombi Pasta with Tomato Sauce
Steamed Broccoli with Vegan Parmesan
You can tell summer has arrived in Ohio -- the humidity is up around 90% again. We're definitely in "easy-and-quick" meal mode these days...
Posted by tofu at 11:54 PM
Monday, June 26, 2006
* yes, that's a joke... ;)
Posted by tofu at 11:42 PM
Sunday, June 25, 2006
(tomato, zucchini, scapes, onion, garlic, salt, pepper)
sadly, the battery died before I could get shots of the corn and asparagus, but at least it hung in there for the bruschetta ;)
Posted by tofu at 11:37 PM
Saturday, June 24, 2006
Roast Tofu with Jerusalem Artichokes
(tofu, olive oil, green olives, garlic, shallots, lemon peel, lemon juice, thyme, salt, pepper)
Homemade Ciabatta Bread
Spinach Salad with Dried Cherries, Pine Nuts and Raspberry Vinaigrette
Jerusalem Artichokes (a.k.a. sunchokes) are very crisp and work really well with the lemon in the sauce...
Posted by tofu at 11:45 PM
Friday, June 23, 2006
Griddle Cakes stuffed with Scapes
(scapes, onion, harissa)
(lemon dipping sauce)
Honestly, it's the last of the griddle cakes ;) We were out grocery shopping and to make room in the fridge, we needed to eat the last griddle cakes and the kids had the last batch of the frozen potato pierogi and a stray one escaped from the kids dinner onto our plates...
(By the way, hello to all the folks who have visited from this page...)
Posted by tofu at 11:31 PM
Thursday, June 22, 2006
(seitan, soyrizo, onion, fennel, cayenne, chile powder, jasmine rice, veg stock, salt, pepper, parsley)
Tomato and Okra Stew
(olive oil, onion, okra, tomato, parsley, salt and pepper)
Just before the seventh level of hell opened directly above the house and unleashed about a foot of rain, it seemed only appropriate to have some New Orleans style food.
I don't know if I can convey how just how odd it is that a guy who has lived in the shadow of the Great Lakes all his life can love Okra as much as I do. Admittedly, it came to me late -- only 10 years ago or so, but it is real soul food to me...
Posted by tofu at 11:51 PM
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Raw Food Wednesday 6/21
Yellow Beet Ravioli stuffed with Cashew Cheese over Tomato Confit
(romaine lettuce, yellow tomato, "feta" cheese with a dressing of celery, date, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper)
Mango, Avocado and Coconut Soup
(serrano chile, thai basil, scallion, coconut water, mango, avocado, salt, pepper)
Not-Quite-Raw Chocolate Pudding with Raspberries
sort of a greatest hits night -- the beet ravioli stuffed with cashew cheese, the caesar salad and chocolate pudding -- along with a new soup -- mango/avocado/coconut...
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
(stuffed with diced scapes, harissa, onions)
Pomegranate Eggplant and Tofu over Mashed Potatoes
We still have a bit of scapes left from our haul at the Farmer's Market, so we decided to make the griddle cakes again, but tried a different approach to folding them -- all in an effort to get as much of the dough hitting the pan evenly, so there are no undercooked spots. Tonight attempt looks a bit like a Taco Bell advertisement, but works nonetheless...
Posted by tofu at 11:09 PM
Monday, June 19, 2006
Refried Jasmine Rice
(sesame oil, rice, tamari)
(shiitake mushroom, napa cabbage, mushroom sauce)
Seared/Steamed Brussel Sprouts
(brussel sprouts, canola oil, salt, pepper, tamari, sake)
big thunderstorms = little cooking time ;)
Posted by tofu at 11:31 PM
Sunday, June 18, 2006
(hickory smoked tofu with a barbecue sauce made from mustard seed, cumin seed, smoked paprika, smoked salt, black cardamom, black pepper, apple cider vinegar, jalapeno, red onion, tomatoes, tomato paste, agave)
(petit yukon, sherry vinegar, vegenaise, salt, pepper, parsley, scallion)
Green Bean and Yellow Tomato Salad
(blanched haricot verts, yellow tomatoes, romaine lettuce, vegenaise, parsley, salt and pepper)
yes, summer is here with BBQ and two types of summer salads -- just working out some ideas for a future catering gig. The BBQ sauce in particular was very smoky with a good balance of heat and sweet...
Posted by tofu at 11:19 PM
Saturday, June 17, 2006
(tofu, garlic, ginger, rooster sauce, black bean sauce, tvp, sherry, tamari, water, cornstarch, scallions, szechuan pepper)
Steamed/Seared Broccoli with Shiitake Mushrooms
As we (finally) wind down our yard renovation, the simple, yet spicy, Mapo Tofu (Doufu) is a well earned reward... now to relax and let the sunburn heal ;)
Posted by tofu at 11:28 PM
Friday, June 16, 2006
(artichoke braised in veg stock stuffed with a mixture of olive oil, parsley, garlic and pine nuts)
(fava, olive oil, salt and pepper)
Herb Stuffed Focaccia
(oregano, thyme, rosemary)
I've been promising to cook the artichokes differently for ages, and tonight I finally broke down and did one of them as a braise -- just in case it didn't work out there was the regular steamed artichoke as back-up ;)
We didn't need it, as the classic method was intensely flavorful. The broth, after it had reduced down, was so tasty that we ended up using it as a dipping sauce, and the rest was soaked up by the focaccia.
The kids again helped with the Fava Beans, cutting the prep time by 2/3rds -- and was a nice time to sit around the table and just talk as a family...
Posted by tofu at 11:11 PM
Thursday, June 15, 2006
Raw Food Thursday: Pistachio Tart with Red Pepper "Cheese", Fennel Salad, Beet Chips, Red and Yellow Gazpacho
Raw Food Thursday 6/15
(We felt bad about skipping RFW a few weeks ago, so we decided last week to go two nights in a row this week. Tonight's theme was a raw tapas selection...)
Pistachio Tart with Red Pepper Cashew Cheese and Marinated Baby Shiitake
Shaved Fennel Salad
Red and Yellow Gazpacho
the tart was easy to make -- the pistachios were soaked for an hour, then chopped up in the vita-mix along with a zucchini, almond flour, flax seed powder, paprika, nama shoyu and pepper and pressed into a tart mold and dehydrated for 4 hours at 110F. Then the Red Pepper Cheese -- 1 cup of Trotter's cashew cheese mixed with the puree of 1 red bell pepper, 1 tbs. of lime juice and a pinch of salt -- which was dehydrated for 6 hours at 110F -- was piped inside the tart and dehydrated for another hour or so. Topped with baby shiitakes which were marinated in olive oil, garlic, nama shoyu, salt and pepper.
The Fennel Salad was shaved baby fennel, marinated in olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic. topped with fronds and scallion.
The Beets were cut on the benriner, tossed with olive oil, salt, pepper and raw agave -- dehydrated for 2 hours at 110F
as for the soups: red bell pepper, red tomato, cucumber, braggs liquid amino, garlic, paprika, serrano chile, salt, pepper, olive oil. yellow bell pepper, yellow tomato, cucumber, braggs liquid amino, garlic, cumin, serrano chile, salt, pepper, olive oil.
both topped with scallions.
all we needed was a green soup ;)
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
Raw Food Wednesday: Eggplant Ravioli stuffed with "Ricotta" Cheese, Yellow Beet Borscht, Romaine Salad with Caesar Dressing
Raw Food Wednesday 6/14
Eggplant Ravioli stuffed with "Ricotta" Cheese topped with Marinara Sauce over Zucchini Spaghetti
(ricotta: macadamia, cashew, pine nut, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, sea salt)
Yellow Beet Borscht
(yellow beet, orange juice, lemon juice, olive oil, jalapeno, scallion, avocado, red cabbage, apple, dill, sea salt and pepper)
Romaine Salad with Caesar Dressing
(dressing: celery, dates, garlic, lemon juice, sea salt, pepper)
The eggplant was a grafitti -- smaller and thinner than a regular purple ones -- less bitter and fewer seeds -- which made the "dumplings" smaller as well.
The borscht was a riff on Juliano's Borscht #2, swapping out the regular beet with the brightly colored yellow variety -- tip: after juicing the beet, add the orange juice to keep it from oxidizing and losing the beautiful color.
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
Black Bean and Seitan
(with shiitake mushrooms and scapes)
sort of a riff on the traditional Chinese Black Beans and Beef. We added the scapes -- from Bill at Rootstown Organic Farms -- for the garlic punch, and the shiitakes -- from Thomas Wiandt of Killbuck Valley Mushrooms -- both of which we picked up at the Shaker Square Farmer's Market last Saturday.
Posted by tofu at 11:05 PM
Monday, June 12, 2006
Deep-Fried Baby Artichokes, Grilled Asparagus, Focaccia with Grilled Portobella Mushrooms, Bistro Salad
Deep-Fried Baby Artichokes
(with Garlic Aioli. Trimmed and cut in half, then deep fried at 375°F for 8-10 minutes)
(Blanched, then marinated with olive oil, tamari, salt and pepper, and finally, grilled)
Focaccia with Grilled Portobella Mushrooms
(romaine lettuce, shallots, vegenaise, soy parmesan, salt, pepper)
Another meal made mostly from the Farmer's Market -- the asparagus were outstanding, grilled just the way we like 'em -- plump, juicy and bursting with flavor. You would think the baby artichokes would disintegrate in the oil over the 8 minutes of cooking time, but they come out perfectly cooked and are eaten in one shot after being dipped in the garlic aioli (roasted garlic mixed with vegenaise).
Posted by tofu at 11:45 PM
Sunday, June 11, 2006
Saturday, June 10, 2006
Smoked Purple Potatoes, Morels Mushrooms, Grilled Asparagus, Ciabatta, Salad, Strawberries in Balsamic Vinegar
(pan-fried with a splash of tamari at the end)
Smoked Purple Potatoes
(with hickory wood)
(blanched, then marniated with olive oil, salt, pepper and tamari, and finally, grilled)
Mixed Greens Salad with Cherry Tomatoes
Straberries Macerated in 25-year-old Balsamic Vinegar
The strawberries came from our trip to the Shaker Square Farmer's Market. Sadly, I didn't bring the camera like last year's trip, but we'll be going back up there soon enough... The strawberries however -- OMFG -- they were amazing! Combined with the 25-year-old balsamic, I could have eaten the entire 2 pints without coming up for air ;)
Posted by tofu at 11:18 PM
Friday, June 09, 2006
(smoked tofu, carrot, red bell pepper, scallion, garlic, ginger, tamari)
Refried Jasmine Rice
(rice, tamari, sesame oil)
(scape and crimini mushrooms)
We're out working in our yard this week -- re-landscaping some of the side and backyard areas, with lots of weeding and mulching going on (no chemicals however... ah, don't get me started).
We smoked the tofu with oolong tea tonight -- this time with the smoker box as opposed to the chopstick and wok version like we did the last go around. The same outstanding results though... ;)
The tempura, as always, is fabulous -- the trick is using soda water in the batter ;)
Posted by tofu at 11:52 PM
Thursday, June 08, 2006
Griddle Cakes Stuffed With Scapes
(from Paula Wolfort's Mediterranean Grains and Greens)
Pomegranate BBQ Tofu
(tofu, tamari, pomegranate syrup)
Chickpea and Arugula Soup
(onion, garlic, celery, carrot, smoked paprika, veg stock, tamari, salt, pepper)
(monster artichokes -- the biggest we've ever seen)
It's scape season, so that means we break out one of our all-time favorite recipes from Paula Wolfort -- Griddle Cakes. The filling is a mixture of onion, scapes (both the the tip and body) and herbs. The filling is wrapped inside a dough and pan-fried. Expect for scape action tomorrow...
Posted by tofu at 11:39 PM
Wednesday, June 07, 2006
Raw Food Wednesday 6/7
Raw Pad Thai
(from Charlie Trotter/Roxanne Klein: young coconut, zucchini, carrot, red cabbage, carrot, jalapeno, apple, scallion, tamarind sauce)
Yellow Bell Pepper, Coconut and Thai Basil Soup
The young coconuts were very easy to crack, and peel for a change -- usually it's something akin to a horror film, entailing a hatchet and lots of screaming ;)
Tuesday, June 06, 2006
(onion, seitan, roux, veg stock, mustard, soy sour cream, salt, pepper)
(pan-fried in olive oil with a splash of tamari at the end)
Smoked Fingerling Potatoes
(tossed with olive oil, salt, pepper, smoked for 30 minutes with hickory wood)
Smoked Tomato Salad
(tomatoes smoked for 15 minutes with alder wood, pureed with olive oil and sherry vinegar, salt and pepper for the dressing)
OK, the whole 666 thing, yada, yada, yada -- of course we made seitan, how could we not be soooooooo obvious? ;)
the really frightening thing? the two starches (pasta and potatoes)...
Posted by tofu at 11:51 PM
Monday, June 05, 2006
Spaghetti with Cherry Tomatoes
(onion, garlic, olive oil, cherry tomatoes, soy parmesan, pepper)
Braised Kale and Chickpeas
(onion, garlic, olive oil, dinosaur kale, chickpeas, baked tofu, tamari, pepper)
Artichoke and Red Bell Pepper Salad
(artichoke, pepporcini, red bell pepper, vinegar, olive oil, romaine lettuce)
Our kids are of the opinion that pasta tastes better when it's a "funny" shape. This explains why we don't eat spaghetti more often... However tonight, I'm reminded of the line from Raising Arizona -- "unless you think round is funny." ;)
Posted by tofu at 11:38 PM
Sunday, June 04, 2006
Hoisin Tofu Stir-Fry
(carrot, red bell pepper, scallion, ginger, garlic, hoisin tofu)
we haven't had the hoisin tofu in a while -- it was a good change of pace with the stir-fry...
Posted by tofu at 11:21 PM
Saturday, June 03, 2006
(onion, garlic, smoked paprika, rice, veg stock, smoked tofu)
Avocado and Orange Salad
Chickpea and Kale Soup
(onion, garlic, celery, smoked paprika, chickpeas, wilted dinosaur kale, veg stock, tamari, pepper)
Peanut Butter Pie
The Peanut Butter Pie will end up in the cookbook -- but the trick is using agar agar instead of gelatin to firm it up...
Posted by tofu at 10:58 PM
Friday, June 02, 2006
Potato Thread Wrapped Tofu Stuffed with Roasted Garlic, Morel Mushrooms, Braised Leeks, Ciabatta, Caramelized Pear Salad
Potato Thread Wrapped Tofu Stuffed with Roasted Garlic
Caramelized Pear Salad with Wilted Arugula, Pine Nuts and Dried Tart Cherries
yep, the potato threads again -- this time combined with the tofu stuffed with roasted garlic -- add the leeks and morel mushrooms and the drool will not stop for days... This may be the second best dish we've ever made -- only behind the Seitan Bourguignon...
Posted by tofu at 10:41 PM
Thursday, June 01, 2006
Green Bean and Tempeh Dinner Salad
(green beans, scallion, celery, tomato, vegenaise, stir-fried tempeh, romaine lettuce, salt and pepper)
Keeping with the quick and easy theme tonight -- a rare dinner salad that was refreshing as it was filling...
Posted by tofu at 11:58 PM