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 …

2 Ingredient Spicy Pepper Puree (Vegan)

This is a really simple pepper puree that packs a lot of flavor. With just two ingredients, plus salt and pepper, it's incredibly easy to make, yet boasts plenty of excitement for your tastebuds.

1 jars of roasted red peppers
Several chiles de arbol
salt and pepepr

Add peppers, liquid and all to your blender. Add 3-6 chiles de arbol. I added 6, but only one with the seeds intact. The rest of the chiles I broke open and discarded the seeds.

At least 1 tsp each salt and pepper.

Buzz it up and taste. Add more salt and pepper if desired. I like to refridgerate it for several hours to thicken it up.

It's awesome on sandwiches. It's also good on salad, pasta, beans.

When sandwiches can't include cheese I think that a puree such as this one really fills the void.

It's pictured above with red robin spiced and chpotle lime seasoned lentils and barley and an assortment of fresh veg.

But let your imagination run wild. This stuff is versatile. It would make an awesome gazpacho with some roasted roma tomatoes. And it's a great sauce or drizzle on most anything. Tofu marinade. Pasta topping. The flavor goes for miles.