Spicy Barbecue Tofu

Tofu tends to get a bad rap. If it's not prepared properly it can feel like eating an old sponge and taste of absolutely nothing. On the other hand, when treated well, tofu can be a scrumptious treat for the senses as well as powerful nourishment for the body.

I first fell in love with tofu through my local Chinese takeout. They have deep fried tofu with sauteed vegetables. Deep fried tofu has the perfect chewy exterior and pillowy soft center. It tastes of all the vegetables, oil and soy sauce from the wok.

I've experimented with cooking tofu at home. I don't really deep fry. But there are other great ways to prepare tofu as a main protein. I like to broil it. I use a classic meat eaters method to give it flavor. I brush it with a glaze before and mid cooking. It works brilliantly both in terms of flavor and texture.

It's totally vegan.

Ingredients
1 package extra firm tofu
4 tbls olive oil
2 tbls hot sauce
2 tbls sriracha
1 tbl apple cider vinegar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp…

Celery and Scallion Relish

Here's an easy condiment for dressing up most anything. It has only a few ingredients and is easy to prepare.

Ingredients
2 cups chopped celery
1 cup chopped scallions
3 cloves sliced garlic
1/4 cup white wine
1 tbl spicy mustard
1 tsp white vinegar
1 tsp olive oil
coriander, paprika, cayenne powder, salt and pepper

In a frying lightly salt celery and cook over medium heat until tender. Add scallions and wine. Cook 3 more minutes. Add garlic. Cook 2 minutes more.

Add mixture to a blender or food processor. Add mustard, vinegar, oil and spices to taste. Blend until desired consistency.