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.

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…

Curried Cauliflower Steak

Again I'm indulging my penchant for combining Latin and Indian flavors. This time creating a curry sauce which includes traditional Indian spices and some Latin additions to shake things up a bit.

Curry Mix
3 chilies de arbol, deseeded, broken into small pieces
Guajillo, deseeded, torn into small pieces
3 pieces allspice
2 cloves
2 cardamom pods
1 tsp cumin seed
1 tsp coriander seed
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp turmeric
2 tsps salt

1 lime, zest and juice
3 small cloves garlic, broken in half
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tbl vodka

1 head fresh cauliflower

Buzz up the spices in a grinder. Mix with liquids in a small bowl until a thin paste is formed.

Slice cauliflower in half down the center and then slice 1/2 inch thick slices from the center of each half outward. The innermost slices should hold together nicely. As you slice further outward the cauliflower will start to break up into smaller slices and eventually at its outermost you'll only get florets.

Lay your best slices out on a baking sheet in a single layer. Line it will foil or you'll turn your baking sheet yellow from the curry mix.

Use a brush to paint the cauliflower slices with the sauce mix.

Add the smaller pieces of cauliflower to the bowl with the remaining sauce in it. Add a little more oil and vodka if necessary. Toss to coat. Add contents of the bowl, including liquid, to a separate baking sheet. Arrange cauliflower pieces in a single layer

Bake in the bottom third of the oven at 450 F for about 15-20 minutes or until cauliflower is nicely charred.