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 …

India Meets the Southwest Chick Peas in Gravy

Ends and skin from one large red onion
1/4 cup red onion, diced
1/2 cup vodka
1 tbl olive oil
2 cups water
1 tsp salt

1 poblano pepper, diced
1/4 cup carrots, diced
3 quarter inch thick slices from a large sweet onion
1 jalapeno pepper, sliced into rounds
1/2 a serrano pepper, sliced into rounds
5 cloves garlic, smashed
2 chipotles and 2 tsps of the adobo sauce
1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
1/2 cup beer

2 green tea bags
2 tsps cumin
2 tsps turmeric
2 tsps paprika
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 bay leaves
3 pieces allspice

1 can chick peas, thoroughly rinsed
3 tbls cold butter

In a large sauce pot, uncovered, bring the first set of ingredients to a boil and then simmer over medium heat for 10 minutes.

Discard onion skins and ends. Add the second set of ingredients to the pot. Simmer 5 more minutes. Add the third set. Continue simmering over medium heat 5 more minutes. Remove tea bags. Add garbanzoes. Continue simmering until sauce is reduced by half.

Turn off heat. Remove bay leaves. Add butter. Stir to combine. Let sit 3 more minutes before serving.