Tofu con Higos
(tofu braised with figs)
More TV cooking tonight, this time a veganized Daisy Martinez set of recipes. The braised fig recipe starts off very French with the brown sauce recipe (subbing homemade hickory-smoked tempeh bacon and veg stock) and a shot of cognac to deglaze the pan. The tofu was also hickory-smoked, pan-fried and thrown into the sauce at the last minute rather than spending an hour in the liquid. That's because the tofu gets very soggy from braising which doesn't really work as a texture for cutlets. Surprisingly, the smoked tempeh cubes hold together in the sauce pretty well.
The tofu and fig sauce were served over rice, colored with achiote oil and flavored with sofrito, olives and veg stock.
The real reason for including this overhead shot is to show off my belated Christmas present from my sister-in-law -- a lovely green Bakelite silverware set with an orange chevron motif.