Tofu Garlic Vegan Mayo

I don't currently have the luxury of a lot of ingredients lying around. The coronavirus has turned everything on its head. Still, I'm trying to find comfort in familiar hobbies like cooking and origami.

What I did have was half a package of silken firm tofu that needed to be used and a whole head of garlic that wasn't getting any younger. That is the inspiration for this recipe. That, and my love of all things creamy and garlicky.

1/2 package silken firm tofu, drained
8 cloves garlic, stems removed
1 habanero, deseeded
1 serrano
3 tbls olive oil
3 tbls white vinegar
1 tbl salt
1/2 can chick peas, drained and rinsed

Puree all ingredients in your food processor until a creamy mixture is the result.

It's great right away, but you can chill it in the fridge for a few hours to thicken and let the flavors coalesce.

This is extremely garlic forward and also hot from the chiles. Because the mayo is tofu based and tofu has no flavor of its own, the full on flavor …

Curryish Barley and Lentils

I've never bought ground turmeric before, but I recently purchased some. I love the flavor. It's the magnificent backbone of all the world's great curries. And it has the awesome power to transform ordinary ingredients into something exciting and exotic.

This isn't a true curry. It's more of a indian inspired minimalist approach. It's got a little heat and a lot of flavor. But it's not quite as assertive as a true curry.

1/2 cup dry pearl barley
1/2 cup dry lentils
12 ounce package frozen broccoli and cauliflower mix
2 cups onion broth (see instructions below)
3 large garlic cloves sliced extra thin
1-2 small jalapenos minced (retain the seeds and ribs)
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground cayenne pepper
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper

To make the broth...
2 cups water
1/2 cup dry white wine
2 green tea bags
Skins, roots and tops from 2 large spanish onions
3 cloves garlic roughly chopped
Ribs and seeds from 2 jalapenos
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
1/4 tsp turmeric
5 dashes hot sauce
1 tbl butter

Bring all ingredients to a boil, then lower heat and let simmer for 15 minutes. Remove tea bags. Simmer 5 more minutes.

This completes your broth.

To your broth add the barley and lentils and simmer for approximately 20 minutes. Check often and add more water as needed to keep cooking the barley and lentils until they are mostly tender.

When the barley and lentils are fairly tender add the sliced garlic, minced jalapeno, the rest of the spices and cook just 2 minutes more over a low flame.

Kill the heat and add the frozen veg mix. Stir to combine. Cover and let sit 3 minutes to heat the veg through.

Serve immediately for a hot dish or let cool and refridgerate for a chilled experience.