Thai Green Curry with Apple Eggplants, Tofu and Chicken – Cucumber and Cabbage Salad

It’s Thai dinner night again and I love it. The rest of the family, especially the kiddos, not so much. No matter, I’m craving a rich spicy coconut based curry with tons of flavor and that’s what I made. A refreshing crunchy tart Thai salad is always a must to balance the meal. Making the…… Continue reading Thai Green Curry with Apple Eggplants, Tofu and Chicken – Cucumber and Cabbage Salad

King Trumpet, Miso, Fried Tofu

I was picking up some ingredients for another dinner of Ramen the other day and stumbled on these awesome looking King Trumpet mushrooms. They looked fresh and plump, so I picked a few clusters up. The first thing that came to mind is to treat them as if they were the more prestigious Porcini or…… Continue reading King Trumpet, Miso, Fried Tofu

VDP: Homemade Tofu

Monday, March 25, 2009 I tried making tofu a few months back and it was a total failure. I used Mark Bittman’s recipe from his vegetarian cookbook. He offers several options to curdle the soy milk and produce tofu including vinegar. I chose to use Epsom salt. It is used in a very small quantity…… Continue reading VDP: Homemade Tofu

VDP: Tofu with Yellow Peppers

Wednesday, February 11, 2009 Here’s another very easy last minute tofu dish. I had a couple of yellow bell peppers on hand a nice block of soft tofu. I sautéed the peppers with onions, ginger garlic, a good dose of chilli oil, homemade pickled ginger and soy sauce. This makes for an awesome base for…… Continue reading VDP: Tofu with Yellow Peppers

VDP: Green Curry with Tofu with Rice Noodles

Wednesday, August 20, 2008 Thai curry paste preparation is typically a bit complex. The number of items that go into the past can be huge, anything from dried shrimp to Kefir lime leaves to coriander roots. This one is a fairly simple one I improvised to make a quick weekday dinner. To make it faster…… Continue reading VDP: Green Curry with Tofu with Rice Noodles

VDP: Ma Po Tofu with Eggplant

Saturday, April 26, 2008 Ma Po Tofu is a very common item you see on most Chinese menus. This classic from the Szechuan cuisine of China is usually made with minced pork and some meat stock in addition to the tofu. It is flavored with chillies, zippy and numbing Szechuan peppercorns and hot bean paste…… Continue reading VDP: Ma Po Tofu with Eggplant

VDP: Tofu, Asparagus and Mushroom Stir Fry

Monday, March 10, 2008 Tofu is good when cooked right. I just never attempt to substitute it for a meat preparation. Crap like tofu dogs or tofu chili sound ridiculous and do not treat this product with the respect it deserves. I usually buy the soft tofu for almost any preparation. I love its smooth…… Continue reading VDP: Tofu, Asparagus and Mushroom Stir Fry