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 …

Charcoal Grilled Mushroom Ragu

When vegetables are roasted over the coals some really richly flavored juices are released. This vegan ragu uses those juices to capture a depth of flavor that's not easy to extract from only veg sources.

2 cups roughly chopped white mushrooms
1 cup diced red onion
5 cloves garlic
1 tbl canola oil
1 tsp each salt and black pepper

1 large red bell pepper, 1 large orange bell pepper, 1 large yellow bell pepper
1 ear of sweet corn, husked and desilked

Add the first set of ingredients to a foil packet and poke several holes in the top of it.  Grill over a hot charcoal grill for 15 minutes.

Grill corn on same grill for 24 minutes. Turning after 10.

Grill peppers for 30 minutes. Turning after 10 and again after another 10.

Grilling times are for a small table top grill. Adjust times based on the size and heat of your grill. Rotate and shift foods to get even chars.

Add all ingredients from the foil packet to a large sauce pot, being careful to also get all the liquid from the packet into the pot.

Remove corn from cob. Add to pot.

Cut a small hole in the top of each of the grilled bell peppers. Pour liquid from inside the peppers into pot. Chop the flesh of the peppers and add 2 cups of it to the pot, in whatever color combo you prefer.

2 cups water
1/4 cup tequila
1/4 cup beer
2 chipotles and 1 tbl the adobo sauce
2 tbls pickle brine
1/4 cup fresh cilantro

1 tsp coriander
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp cayenne
2 tsps paprikia
2 tsps onion powder
2 tsps crushed red pepper flakes
1 small heel from a loaf of whole wheat bread
2 tsps salt and 1 tsp blackpepper

Add remaining ingredients to pot. Bring to a soft boil and then simmer for 15 minutes. Use an immersion blender to partially puree the contents, leaving it still sorta chunky.

Serve with cilantro infused rice and black beans.