Thursday, September 14, 2006

Spice Crusted Tofu with Green and Red Tomatoes

First ---cookie swap. I'm planning to assign partners for the cookies swap at veggin'out soon. If you want in on the vegan cookie swap, head over there and let me know.

Last month, I sent Tania these cookies. They are a variation on Dreena's Homestyle Chocolate Chip cookies. The additions were oatmeal, peanut butter, hemp nuts, and coconut. These tasty little buggers packed an extra omega-3 punch!

Tonight I cracked open a cookbook I found on clearance a few months ago that is called: All-American Vegetarian: A Regional Harvest of Low-Fat Recipes. Since I had fresh red tomatoes from a friend's garden and my garden has green tomatoes, I cooked up spice crusted tofu with green and red tomatoes. I'm a fan of spicy foods, but this was almost too spicy for me. It was necessary to mix the tofu and tomatoes in each bite to actually finish this dish. Though the recipe is titled spice crusted, the description explains blackened spices. This is really blackened tofu.

Perhaps I will try it again with slightly less cayenne next time. The green tomatoes were surprisingly tasty. That reminds me, I've never tried fried green tomatoes. Have you?

All-American Vegetarian has many interesting recipes. I haven't finished flipping all the way through it. Some of the dishes seem rather strange, but I'm always tempted to try something new. Tonight I saw boiled new potatoes and cucumbers with sour orange sauce. (Raw cucumbers, boiled potatoes, herbs, and the orange sauce.) It sounds intriguing enough to try once.

What else... Oh, Carrie tagged me for the top 5. I'm still thinking on that. I'll try to post my answers by Sunday.

Tomorrow is Friday, can't wait for the weekend. Hope you all have a relaxing weekend planned!


Anonymous said...

The spice crusted tofu looks delicious!!!!

Valerie said...

The tofu and the cookies bothe look wonderful. Fried green tomatoes are the best. It is actually the only way I have ever eaten green tomatoes. I've never fried them myself, but I can't imagine it would be that hard. My mom just breaded them and pan fried them in a little vegetable oil.

Emmy said...

The food looks great. I've had experiences where there was a little too much cayenne pepper in a dish. A few years ago I switched over to Penzey spices and they are much more flavorful. I made a chickpea curry but didn't adjust the cayenne literally brought tears to our eyes!!

Hope you have a nice weekend :)

Harmonia said...

Awesome post! Thanks for pimpin' Veggin' Out, too! These cookies and cookie swaps of yours are going to make many V.o. Members happy!

Harmonia said...

I have been looking for the cheesy sauce recipe - can't find it...I hope to post it tonight! I know I have it at home! :)

Maybe in the future I will participate in the cookie swap...I love the idea...just not that good at making cookies...yet. :)

KleoPatra said...

I have not tried fried green tomatoes, haven't seen the movie either. What a loser i am!

Sorry the dish was so spicy. That always bugs me when i make something myself or when i eat out and it's way hot. It's difficult to enjoy food when you can't taste it! It's always good to have something to put the spicy food with to mellow it out, but that's not always the case (when eating out especially)... glad you could salvage your meal. It certainly looks good!

FYI, i am still enjoying my Summer's End soap, how apropos as it is almost Autumn. I have great memories of the cookies you sent me, Jody!

theONLYtania said...

Ouhp, didn't have sax dinner yet, it's this Friday. I'm planning some seitan burritos.. I'll let you know how it works out!

Mannn I really wish I knew how to cook tofu.

funwithyourfood said...

give us the tope fiiivve!

I love that thing


Carrie™ said...

Your variation on the cookies sounds really, really good! Oatmeal, pb & chocolate. mmmmm! With hemp seeds thrown in? Why didn't I think of that?
Your tofu does look very tasty. I have to be careful with cayenne. I've learned my lesson the hard way. I start out with a little bit and then add more if it needs it. Once it's in there, you can't take it out. I've actually had to throw food away because I just couldn't eat it.
Bring on the top 5!