Saturday, December 19, 2009

Bar B Que Tofu and a package

I have been slowly unpacking the kitchen and beginning to cook. Just some of the basics, nothing to dramatic. Here is an extremely simply recipe for a great Bar B Que Tofu dish that only take a few minutes and it very low maintenance.

Bar B Que Tofu

1/2 pound of firm tofu
1/2 cup of Bar B Que sauce
1 teaspoon of water
1 teaspoon of hot sauce (optional)

Cut the tofu into rectangular slices about 1/4 of and inch wide. They should be fairly thin. At the same time, heat a non-stick skillet to low - med heat. If you drop a few sprinkles of water on the pan it should sizzle. Once the pan is hot, gently lay the tofu down on the pan. In several minutes, it should begin to brown, go ahead and flip it. You may want to flip it several times. Once both sides are browning, add the hot sauce and Bar B Que sauce and flip again so that each piece of the tofu is coated. When the Bar B Que sauce begins to scorch, add the water and cook until the water evaporates. Serve.

I have also made some nice mashed potatoes, spinach, jalapeno fried rice (a recipe for another time) and a few other random things.

It seems that a number of people that I have been spending time with have had very little exposure to some vegan staples. Tofu for example. I have introduced three people to tofu in the last couple of weeks. The Bar B Que Tofu recipe was used as an introduction to tofu for Ashley who thought that is was going to taste spongy. As an eleven year vegan, it is beginning to shock me that there are still people that have not had tofu. I guess I need to get out more.

My mum is awesome! I got a huge box in the mail the other day. Super excited, I opened in to discover a nice setup for one of the bathrooms in my house! I could not even get though all the items in the bid before I was crying. I was so happy. It made me feel like my mum was really proud of me and my house that I have worked so hard for.

My house has been (and will continue to be) a long road. I bought a foreclosure that was pretty beat up (tree in the roof, no H VAC, destroyed wood panel walls, destroyed kitchen etc.), $42000 later, I live here. Lots of big decisions that very few people can imagine having to make on a regular basis. It was tough and it makes me very happy to think that the people that matter the most are proud of me. Thanks mum!


Tara said...

Your bathroom looks great! I think it is amazing that you bought a house and fixed it up. You've been very inspiring.

Anonymous said...

Good job with all the decisions etc. I didn't realize how extensive the renovations were. glad you feel supported by your mom :)

the bbq tofu looks ok, and the pistachio kind looked pretty good too. I would agree with your friend about not wanting it to be spongy. I haven't had much tofu. the college cafeteria made fried tofu, which was strange and looked like small triangular french toast.

btw, with the atheist holiday thing... you don't like getting gifts?? or, you dont like getting "Christmas" gifts?