Thursday, November 19, 2009

Spicy Tofu Bento Bowl

Made this tonight for our weekly vegetarian dinner and it was so delicious I had to share.  Vegetarian Times Magazine.

Spicy Tofu:
1/4 c low-sodium soy sauce
1/4 c chile-garlic sauce
2 Tbs. dark sesame oil
14 oz extra firm tofu ( I cubed it and let it drain on kitchen towel all day)
5 green onions, finely choppped
1/4 c plain yogurt
2 Tbs. lemon juice

1/4 c low sodium soy sauce
2 Tbs. lemon juice
1 Tbs. minced fresh ginger ( I opted to grate vs. mince)
1 tsp. chile garlic sauce
cooked brown rice
mixed baby greens
carrot (optional)
cucumber, seeded and choppped (optional)
avocado, peeled and sliced (optional)
Toasted sesame seeds (optional)

Spicy Tofu: Whisk together the soy sauce, chile, and sesame oil in bowl.  Heat a skillet over medium heat.  Dip tofu in soy sauce mixture and place into oil.  Fry until nice and golden brown.  Cool the tofu.
Mix the onions, yogurt, and lemon juice in remaining soy-chile mixture.  Toss with tofu.

Make Salad:  Whisk the soy sauce, lemon juice, ginger, and chile sauce in bowl or mason jar.
Place dressing on bottom of bowl.
Mound the rice on top.
Top with greens.
Shave carrot strips over top with peeler. (optional)
Top with tofu.
Top with cucumber and avocado. (optional)
Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds.  (optional)


Sunday, November 1, 2009

My bread

This gorgeous bread was made using the book My bread by Jim Lahey with Rick Flaste.  Lahey is the founder of the Sullivan Street Bakery in New York.

Of all of the methods for cooking bread, I have to say that Lahey has turned me into a dutch oven believer.  The crust is bubbly and chewy, and the crumb is custardy and moist which is a nice contrast to the crust.  I love bread.

Thanks for starting me on this path Ethan.  I love it and hate how much I do.

Homework assignment #3

Finally completed my homework for the Seasonal Table.  Love this class and will be sad when I won't be able to sign up for it.  Maybe I'll sign up using Ryan's info?  I decided to make pizza, cake, and frosting from the book for vege Wednesdays and to celebrate Erica's birthday.  I decided not to post the recipes, but instead just tell you what pages they can be found in and what we all thought of it. The picture used was actually the cake with some mascarpone - espresso filling, vanilla ice cream, and a homemade marshmallow "ghoul."

Pizza dough page 60
Chocolate cake page 370 - 371
Simple frosting page 386