Monday, May 28, 2012

More food! More food!

Several months ago, I found a amazing recipe through Pinterest. I am fortunate to have a husband that will eat tofu. There are many people out there that won't. I'm even more fortunate that he will also eat meatless veggie crumbles, meatless sausages, and all sorts of other fake meat products. He may draw the line at turkey bacon. I know I do.

Yes, turkey is real meat. But turkey bacon is fake bacon.

Earlier this week, I was feeling a little lazy and not quite up to making whatever concoction I had planned, so I went with the Carmelized Tofu recipe from 101 Cookbooks. I actually have Heidi Swanson's cookbook, Super Natural Every Day. I bought it at Patina the same day I bought this thing. Both have been handy, but really...this is a much better way to cook eggs in the microwave.

This recipe is a delicious way to make tofu - I'm sure that is primarily because it has three tablespoons of sugar in it (that doesn't sound like a lot...but when you are scooping it out you just think, "holy moly, that's a lot of sugar!"). It also has a lot of brussels sprouts, so it's all good.

So, here is everything you need.

Sugar! I used some raw sugar that I have had for approximately eight years. It was bought when I still worked at St. Ben's and made a disaster of a jerk chicken for my then-boyfriend. The relationship was kind of a disaster, too (I was going to say he was kind of a disaster, but that's mean). I did use the powers of the internet to find out that sugar lasts indefinitely, so I could use this when I'm 98. There are also some toasted pecans, cilantro, salt garlic, the brussels sprouts, and peanut oil. How can you not be excited about a recipe that uses peanut oil? The recipe calls for a splash. My splashes are quite generous and would be suitable for swimming by very tiny children that have been shrunk by that laser ray thing in "Despicable Me".

Where is the tofu you ask? It's off to the side, getting a little tofu massage by it's buddies, the cans of chickpeas. I am amazed how much water there is in tofu.

Now, I am not the type of person who cooks all  Rachael Ray style and chops while something else is boiling. Save time? Bah! For me, cooking is fraught with stress and worry that everything in the pan will burn while I mince the carrots, so I prefer to get all my ingredients ready to go before hand. This is called "mise en place". It also gives me a chance to use my wee little prep bowls. Those French know what they are doing!

Of course, this occasionally leaves me standing around with nothing to do while my tofu gets squished. More time for this, I say!

I like to drink my wine from the little tasting glasses we got at the New Glarus Brewery. I was also surprised that this wine actually had a cork, because it seemed like more of a screw-top brand to me. Whatever. I don't know what I mean by that.

So,  I had a couple glasses of wine and then started to brown my tofu. Recipes always state about how long it should be before your tofu or meat or onions should be browned. It always takes longer for me. But, it does look lovely when it gets all golden. Then I added my pecans and the sugar. It is just so pretty, I think.

It gets a chance to rest on a plate where it makes the acquaintance of the cilantro. A match made in heaven if you ask me.

I had no problem getting the brussels sprouts all nice and crispy.

Then it all comes together. David felt it could use a little something else, perhaps some red pepper flakes. I'll try that next time because I appreciate a little zing with my food.

This is AMAZING. You should make it. You will love it.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Behold! A Sock!

Yes, I finished this sock. This is really nothing short of a miracle. It has taken me a year to knit this one sock. I purchased this yarn and pattern one year ago at the Shepherd's Harvest Wool and Sheep Festival. It has been so long since I finished knitting anything that I had to pull out my Vogue knitting book to see how to graft the toe. I discovered that the instructions in that book are really pretty crappy. Fortunately, I had other sources.

Fortunately, it fits! Although, I should have added a few extra rows to the cuff sot the ruffly edge aligned better with my ankle. Next on the needles will be the second sock, and also a baby sweater for a co-worker's little peanut. Since I have no baby-friendly yarn in my stash, I think I'll need to go shopping.

Today has been spent alternating between being incredibly lazy and trying to tackle the pile of crap that hangs out in my bedroom. By being incredibly lazy, I mean playing solitaire on my phone. I'm not talking a game or two here or there....large chunks of my day have been lost to "40 Thieves". Combined with the allergies/cold thing I've got going on, I feel like a slug.

I believe he is checking out the fish skeleton we saw.
My sister and her fam did come over today for a bit and we took a nice little walk along the river. The Little Guy has this "Walk Around the World" personal project. I forget the story, but he's pretty into taking walks and seeing different parts of the state. He did pretty well, although he was getting a little whiny towards the end, so I asked him if he wanted to sing. He didn't, but did not object to MY singing (as anyone else would), so I began with "The Ants Go Marching..." and whad'ya know? He joined in and sang all the way back to the car, including up the long flight of stairs we were sure we would need to carry him up! Am I a miracle worker or what?