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How to cook with tofu: Crispy

My favourite way to cook tofu is to marinade it. However, it’s also really yummy when it’s cripsy. This way of cooking tofu is slightly less healthy but a lot quicker, and requires fewer ingredients than marinading! Recently, I had some crispsy tofu as part of a meze of lunch foods. You can see it at the bottom of my plate below my dolmades. I realise dolmades and tofu aren’t usually served together, but hey, you’ll never know if you don’t try it! I love dolmades, they go with everything. If you want to eat crispy tofu like a normal person, it’s delicious on top of a salad or a bowl of noodles. The cripsy tofu itself is vegan.

Cripsy Tofu 1

You will need:

Tofu
Flour
Soy Sauce
Oil

Crispy tofu 2

Step 1: If your tofu needs to be drained and firmed  up (if it does, it will say so on the packet!) I wrote some tips on how to do this here. If your tofu is called “firm” or “ready to eat” like mine, then you can skip this step!

Step 2: Mix a small bowl of one part water to two parts flour until it forms a paste. Roll around your tofu in it until it looks like this:

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Step 3: Fill a frying pan with about an inch of oil, and put it on a high heat. When your oil has heated up, carefully place in the tofu. When it is golden brown on one side, turn it over and sprinkle on some soy sauce. When the tofu is golden brown all over, you are ready to serve!

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When I was cooking this at my parents house, we were having our kitchen re-done so my mum set us up a camp kitchen outside. It was kind of fun like camping, but mostly it ws cold, with no campfire songs or marshmallows. If I can make tofu on a camping stove, then anyone can do it!

What are your feelings about tofu?

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How to Cook with Tofu: Marinade

When I first became a vegetarian, I did not like tofu. I thought it was tasteless, with a weird soggy texture. I’d even been served tofu in a nice restaraunt and that was gross, so I thought there was no hope for me. I was never going to like tofu. But I was wrong! When cooked right it can be really yummy. It’s not particularly difficult, you just need to remember a few top tips.

Tofu Marinade 1

My personal favourite way to cook tofu is to marinade it. This way it picks up all the saucy flavours. This is my recipe for marinated tofu, but you don’t have to follow it exactly. Once you have the basics, you can use any sauce, and any veggies that you like.

You will need:
Sticky Plum Sauce
Teriyaki Marinade
Black Bean Sauce (I would usually substitute all 3 of these sauces for a sticky teriyaki marinade sauce but I couldn’t find any in the supermarket so I decided to experiment with this combination instead. I think it worked well!)
Tofu!
Veggies (I used 1 onion, 1 aubergine, a handful of baby tomatoes, half a yellow pepper, and half a green pepper)
Rice or noodles
Soy Sauce
Vegetable Oil for cooking
Spices to taste (I used a sprinkle of cayenne pepper and a generous shake of chinese five spice)

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Step 1: Most tofu requires some draining and some firming up first. (If your tofu says “firm” on the box then you can skip this step!) Your family / housemates will think you’ve gone crazy, but trust me, it’s worth it! Open your tofu packet and drain the excess liquid. Then wrap your tofu in a clean tea towel and sandwich it in-between two chopping boards. Place something heavy on top, and make sure that it’s sturdy! You could use a heavy frying pan or a big book. I used a radio. Leave for 2 hours. If you’re in a rush, you could leave it for half an hour, but the longer you leave it, the nicer your tofu will be.

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Step 2: Make your marinade sauce. I mixed half a bottle or teryaki marinade with two tablespoons of the sticky plum sauce and a small shake of soy sauce. If you want to make your own marinade, a combination of ginger, garlic, chilli, soy sauce, sugar, and sesame oil is lovely.  Lightly fry the tofu, and then put it in a dish with the marinade sauce. Leave for 2 hours in the fridge. Again, you could leave it for half an hour if you’re short on time, but the longer you leave it the better. Overnight is good! If your sauce doesn’t cover your tofu, make sure to turn them over every now and again.

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Step 3: Fry your veggies, and then add the tofu and sauce. If you didn’t make much marinade, make up some more to use as sauce. At this stage I added the jar of blackbean sauce. Heat through, and then serve on top of noodles or rice.

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And that’s it! It might take a bit of forward planning, but it really is a tasty and easy way to make dinner. I hope you enjoy 🙂 What are your experiences with tofu like?

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Brioche French Toast

At uni, me and my friends take it in turns to make each other breakfast on the weekends. It’s so much fun, breakfast with friends is the best way to start the day! The last time I cooked, I made french toast with brioche, and it was so yummy I’ve been making it every time I want to treat myself. The recipe I am about to show you has been adapted from this one from bbcgoodfood, and makes enough breakfast for two people.

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You will need:
Brioche! I used four brioche rolls, but you could also use four slices of brioche loaf, or make your own brioche if you’re feeling particulary adventurous.
1 egg
1 mug of milk (I use soy milk, which makes the brioche extra sweet)
Sugar
Cinnamon
Allspice
25g butter
A punnett of blueberries, or whatever berries you like best – rasberries, strawberries and blackberries work too!

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Step1: Whisk together the egg and soy milk with a teaspoon of sugar.

Step 2: Slice the briche rolls in half, and dip them in the eggy mixture. Melt the butter in the frying pan on a low heat, and put the brioche slices in the pan. Once they have browned a little, turn them over and cook the other side.

Step 3: Whilst your french toast is frying, put the berries in a pot on a medium heat. As they heat up, the juice will spurt out and it will become lovely and jammy. At this point, stir in a teaspoon of sugar and a teaspoon of allspice.

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Step 4: Once the second side of your brioche has browned, put them on a plate and sprinkle some cinnamon on top. Spoon on your juicy berry mixture, and then add some cream, if that’s your kind of thing.

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Enjoy your breakfast! Remember to serve with a nice big cup of tea, the morning paper and some friends. 🙂

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What do you call a fake noodle? An impasta!

I’ve been a vegetarian for two years now, and I have (even if I do say so myself) a much more exciting and varied diet than most people think. Last year I couldn’t get enough of hearty food, and I was eating lots of chilly, curry, risotto and stew. Recently I just love anything that includes tofu or noodles. Yum! I am here to show you how to make spicy noodle soup. Because I am too busy (or too lazy..) to cook every day, I will make a huge pan of noodle soup, and freeze it so that I can have some whenever I’m too sleepy to spend time in the kitchen.

Noodle 1

One of the great things about this recipe is that it’s so flexible! You can use whatever vegetables / sauce / spices you like. I often substitute the mushrooms for some fried tofu. This recipe can also be vegan if you make sure that you are using vegan noodles.

(Serves 6-8)

You will need:
6 shallots
Two small green chillies
A palm-sized chunk of ginger
Two cloves of garlic
Vegetable stock cube
A mug of frozen peas
Half a punnet of mushrooms
Sesame Oil
Soy Sauce
A bunch of spring onions
A handful of coriander
Asafoetida (optional)
6 nests of noodles (If you are vegan, make sure to get the kind that doesn’t contain egg!)

Noodle 2

Step 1: Peel and chop the shallots, ginger and garlic. Chop up the chillies and onions. Fry together in a little sesame oil for about 5 minutes.

Noodle 3

Step 2: Transfer the vegetables into a large pan. Mix together the stock cube with 500ml of boiling water and add to the pan. Also add the peas, noodles and asafoetida spice, if you are using it. I have recently discovered this spice, and it’s so exciting, it has such an unusual flavour! At this stage, you can add whatever spices you fancy.

Step 3: Put the pan on a medium heat and simmer until the noodles and the peas are cooked.

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Step 4: Add four tablespoons of soy sauce, and four table spoons of  sesame oil and stirr well. Chop up the spring onions and coriander and add these.

And you’re finished! I hope you enjoy this recipe, what sort of food are you into at the moment?