Vegan Dad, a blogger for whom I have great respect. It amused me that the other blogger I took some inspiration from was Your Vegan Mom. (Mom, Dad, you're the best vegan parents!) I followed Vegan Dad's advice and pressed as much water out of the tofu as possible (see my tower of weighty tins above) rather than marinating them as Vegan Mum suggested.
Sarah's Queso Dip.
Cookbook Challenge. The theme was crunchy. (See what others made here.) Not a great theme for the past few weeks when I have had toothache and then a cold, which left me wanting soft comforting soups. After the Easter excesses, however, I was ready for a virtuous salad.
I joined the Cookbook Challenge to nudge me into using cookbooks that get neglected too easily in this online world. The salad was from the Rose Bakery's Breakfast, Lunch and Tea cookbook that I got for Christmas from Fran and John. I admired the book greatly and then lost it in the clutter. Having now made the salad and pancakes I must try and use this cookbook more.
I hope everyone (those with children and those who mother others) has had a nice Mothers Day in Australia and America. We celebrated with a lovely trip out of town yesterday, which was just as well because I spent most of today in bed with a cold. I thought it might be a good time to update you on Sylvia, who continues to entertain us.
babushka dolls, beaded necklaces and baking pumpkin scones with me. Her favourite book is a Rupert Bear annual. She loves all the characters - Bill Badger, Algie Pug, Lord Ozrik, Dicken of the Dell, but most of all she loved Gregory Guinea Pig. She asks where they are and loves us to sing songs about them. There have been a few firsts recently. Sylvia has mastered the kazoo, had her first visit to the dentist (to watch me), and broken a drinking glass. She is less and less keen to sit in the highchair, though there are still times it saves my sanity to strap her in. She is still attached to dolly but now dolly has her own dolly, known as dolly's lady.
Update 2014 - I have updated the photo of the salad at the top of the post, having had a chance to photograph it in natural light without the tomato sauce drama to distract!
Previously on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
This time last year: Strawberry and mascapone scones and dumpling soup
This time two years ago: Surprising Beetroot Risotto
This time three years ago: MM Roasted Vegetable Vindaloo
This time four years ago: Seeking carrot dip in a sea of recipes
adapted from Vegan Dad
- 500g (about 1 lb) firm tofu
- oil spray
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1 tbsp seeded mustard
- 1 tbsp chopped chives (optional)
- 1 tsp chilli paste
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup wholemeal flour
- 1 tsp bush spice seasoning (or other seasoning mix)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1 cup crushed cornflakes (or about twice the amount in uncrushed cornflakes, crushed in a bag)
- 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
Press tofu for about 30-45 minutes. Slice into fingers (mine were about 2 inches long and half an inch thick).
Place milk, flour and half the crumb mixtures into three shallow bowls and mix each well. Dip a piece of tofu in the milk, then in the flour, then in the milk again and then in the crumbs. Repeat with all tofu pieces. I found that the crumbs got a bit soggy so I suggest only using half at first and refilling when you use it up.
Place crumbed tofu pieces on a lined oven tray. Spray with oil. Bake at 220 C (I had my oven on 200 C on fan forced) for about 10 minutes. Turn them over and spray the other side with oil. Return to the oven for about 15 minutes or until crisp.
Update: made these with cauliflower instead of tofu - lightly steamed florets of the head of cauliflower for about 10 min until tender. Once dipped in the crumb coating I baked it for 20 minutes at 240 C. Delicious!
Update 2021: made these with panko breadcrumbs instead of crushed cornflakes, also fried them not baked, and they were excellent and so crispy.
Carrot and Sunflower Seed Salad
adapted from Rose Bakery's Breakfast Lunch and Tea
- 4 medium carrots
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
- handful chives, chopped
- Dessertspoon of lemony guacamole (or extra tbsp lemon juice)
- juice of a smallish lemon
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 1/2 tsp castor sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
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