All posts tagged: tofu

4 Quick, (Mostly) Vegetarian Dinners for Spring

Typically, the weather is yet to make up its mind about which season we’re currently experiencing. I’ve been pushing on with spring regardless under the guidance of the calendar alone – sometimes eating outside, sometimes on the sofa under a blanket wondering how long it’s been since I’ve seen the sky. That’s April for you. Quick, easy dinners that can be rustled up on a weeknight after a long day at work were my most requested post last year. This year (now that I have a proper job where I have to actually use my brain) that’s all I have time for anyway, so you can expect plenty of these in the months to come. Spaghetti with Tuna, Capers and Lemon Boil 150-200g spaghetti in salted water according to pack instructions. Reserve about 1/4 cup of pasta water just before draining. Put it back in the pan with the splash of pasta water and add the juice of a lemon, a can of tuna, a tbsp capers, a generous knob of butter and a drizzle …

How to Cook Crispy Tofu

I don’t profess to be an authority on tofu. I haven’t titled this post ‘how to cook the best crispy tofu’ or ‘how to cook the perfect crispy tofu’ because we all feel differently about what ‘the best’ and ‘the perfect’ is. My version of the perfect crispy tofu is a result of me chasing the crunchy texture of the stuff they serve at Pompoko (Brighton residents: if you know, you know). When adding tofu to a dish I like it served on top of a meal to add a different texture and that delicious, fried, beige flavour. If that’s not your game, this is not your post. There are many others out there. See all that moisture? That’s why pressing tofu is absolutely rule number one if you want it to get nice and crispy. There are a few ways to do this, and most of them are a ballache. I used to lay a block of tofu on a plate covered in kitchen towel, top it with more kitchen towel and then stack …

Vegan Christmas Sandwich

When I told the boys at the office that I was working on a vegan Christmas sandwich recipe, they all took the piss. Mercilessly. I don’t know what it is about the word ‘vegan’ that drives some people to immediate outrage. People have no chill. As regular readers know, I’m not vegan myself but do take part in Veganuary every year and have the utmost respect for those that choose a vegan lifestyle. They’re doing their bit for the planet and for animal welfare and I think that’s a pretty cool way to do life. So it grinds my gears when people take the mickey out of them, and it grinds my gears even more when people suggest that vegan food is shit. It’s really, really not. Vegans eat some of the filthiest, dirtiest, junkiest food there is. It’s entirely possible to make absolutely droolworthy food with just plant based ingredients. I, as an omnivore, wanted to prove this with a pornographic triple decker Christmas sandwich. Just as a two fingers up to anyone who …