Scrambled Tofu

Regular followers of this blog will know I am a huge fan of tofu. When I hear someone say how horrid and tasteless it is I always think to myself that they don’t know how to cook it. Tofu on it’s own is pretty tasteless stuff. But then so is a piece of chicken unless…

Persian Fava and Tofu Stew

Growing up as the child of German immigrants, I never saw much of my extended family. Grandparents, an aunt and uncle and cousins in West Germany, A grandmother in the East who was not allowed out to visit (and it was rather uncomfortable going to visist: something I only did once), and an aunt in…

Tofu and Mushroom Black Bean Udon with Stir Fried Greens

Celebrate Chinese New Year (or any other time of year) with a Chinese inspired stir fry with tofu and noodles and a plate of steaming hot, sweet and spicy greens. This looks like a lot of work, but it so simple. it’s all about preparation and timing as you need to cook both dishes simultaneously….

Miso Soup with Noodles

One of the easiest soups to make and can easily be adapted to your personal tastes. This is also great as a portable lunch. Just make everything up then add boiling water when you get close enough to a kettle. Nice alternative to a limp sandwich You can put pretty much whatever you like into…

Sesame Crusted Tofu

I was watching Nigel Slater’s Simple Suppers a few weeks ago. To be honest I’m not a big fan. Too much unnecessary meat added to the majority of his dishes and he tends to eat most of his meals alone and always when the food is still just hot enough to burn his mouth. On…

Stir Fried Tofu with Chili and Thai Holy Basil

The late summer weather means al fresco lunches in one of West London’s many squares, parks and public places. After a while however hummus gets a little boring and so I’ve been eating way, way, way too much cheese. Much as I love my lunchtime picnics, I miss this place. To be honest, it’s a…

Braised Tofu with Spinach

I received a text message the other day from a friend who had been watching Gok Cooks Chinese on Channel 4. It was meant to be the recipe for his tofu omelette, but was somewhat garbled. All I could work out was to braise the tofu in a mix of sauces then place on top…

Vegan Month – part 1 (Chinese)

After years of “issues” I thought I’d go see a nutritionist. Ange suggested I take a MetaMetrix BloodSpot test to check against 30 food types for any sensitivity. After much hesitation at the thought of deliberately and consciously injuring myself to take blood samples I went for it – a tiny prick on my middle…

Chinese Vegetable and Tofu Stew

An early celebration of Chinese New Year. Inspired by (and almost copied from) Ken Hom. 100g or so of each of the following – trimmed whole mange tout – shredded savoy cabbage – finely sliced red pepper – sliced courgette – mushrooms – halved of quartered depending on their size – broccoli – cut into…

Marinated Tofu Fritters

I’d planned to make this for the veggies in my house and serve fish and chips to the others, but they all wanted this so I went without supper. 4 clean plates though made it all worthwhile. 4 tablespoons light soy sauce 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 teaspoon dijon mustard 1 red chili – sliced…

Stir Fry

Stir fries don’t always have to be made at the end of the week from the left over veg. The trick with stir fries is not to overdo the number of different vegetables and to always use a base of finely chopped ginger and garlic, spring onions, chopped chili and cashew nuts. For this version…

Healthy Junk Food

It’s been one of those days. Stuck in traffic trying to avoid the A40 closure, thinking not only about how I can negotiate my way round West London to get home, but what to eat when I get there. West London suburbs seem to be teeming with fast food joints. The smell of fried onions…