Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Sunday. Sunday! SUNDAY!

This is where I was Sunday, December 20:

This is where I was Sunday, December 27:

That photo was taken through the window because we haven't gotten around to digging out the back door (and probably won't bother). On a day like that, there's really nothing to do except put on some comfy pants and cook. I started with a couple of recipes for Isa Chandra Moskowitz's upcoming whole foods book: broiled blackened tofu over butternut coconut rice.

The tofu is great because you don't have to spend a lot of time marinating it. It's dipped in a bit of olive oil and soy sauce, dredged in the spice blend (which is almost too hot for a baby like me, but perfect with the rice) and broiled for about 12 minutes. That's it. Simple, fast, easy, tasty.

The butternut coconut rice, took about an hour to make, which is a little long, for me, for a side dish on a day that I'm not snowed in, but I had time to kill and it was worth it. It's also got shallots, garlic, ginger and things in it, so it's flavorful enough to be eaten on its own (maybe with some greens), but still mild enough to balance the Cajun-esque spices of the blackened tofu.

When I was done with that, I was still missing Barbados, so I tested Vegan in the Sun's Bajan Coconut Bread.

Maybe it was the conversion from Celcius to Farenheit, but as you can see, my bread came out a wee bit too done. That said, it was still tasty and my mother rated it a five (on a scale of one to five, but she loves everything even more well done than I do and considers most properly baked things raw). It a looks a little better from the inside (why did I photograph the whole plate?):

And a little worse from the bottom:

(But I did get to eat the bit that got stuck to the pan and that ruled.)


melissa bastian. said...

Ahh, the juxtaposition of climates.

So, uh, when do I get to come over and have you cook for me all day? Better yet, when are you coming over to cook for me all day? My birthday *is* coming up, you know. :P

Seitan Said Dance said...

Dude, you're just as good of a cook as I am (if not better), but I'd be happy to make you a birthday dinner!