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…

Spicy Charred Cauliflower

Cauliflower has unique properties that make it ideal for certain applications. It browns well. It readily absorbs flavors. It retains great texture at high heat cooking.

This cauliflower dish works well as a snack. It's a delicious munchie. Pop 'em like chips or nuts. They're addictive.

A little bit sweet and a little bit spicy. The sugars in the beer and sriracha carmelize during the cooking  to create a nice brown crust on the versatile veg.

It's also really simple to make.

1 head cauliflower

1/4 cup olive oil
3/4 cup beer
2 tbls hot sauce
3 tbls sriracha
2 tsps dried dill
2 tsps ground garlic
1 tsp each salt and pepper

Cut cauliflower into small pieces.

Whisk together the marinade ingredients.

Toss the cauliflower in the marinade to coat.

Arrange on a baking sheet in a single layer. Most of the marinade should have been sucked up by the cauliflower. Pour the remaining onto the tray with the cauliflower pieces.

Roast at 450 F for 30 minutes or until cauliflower is nicely charred. Turning halfway.