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…

Vegan Garlic Herb Flatbread

I'm into yeast based breads now. Years ago I tried my hand at it and quite enjoyed it. I've since revisited the process and it's just as enjoyable as it ever was. There's something very satisfying about kneading dough, then allowing it to rise. You set it aside as something small and incomplete and an hour later it's grown twofold and is fortified and ready to become something real that can nourish you and your loved ones.

I really prefer adding seasoning to the dough itself. I like the way the flavorings enhance the bread as it cooks. They marry during the cooking process. I think it really strengthens the flavor profile.

Make a basic bread dough.

3/4 cup almond milk warmed to 100 F
1 packet yeast
2 tsps salt
1 tbl sugar

In a large bowl dissolve yeast in the warm milk. Add the salt and sugar. Stir to combine. Let sit 5 minutes to activate the yeast.

5 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp crushed pepper flakes
1 tsps dry basil
1 tbl vegetable shortening, melted
2 cups all purpose flour

Add remaining ingredients to yeast mixture and stir to form a dough ball. Add more flour a tbl at a time to create a nice dough.

Knead on a floured surface for 3 minutes. Form into a ball.

Add a tsp of oil to original bowl. Put dough ball into the bowl and roll around to coat in the oil.

Cover with a towel and let rise until doubled.

Punch down dough and work into thin flattened disks. Let rest 5 minutes. Flatten a little more.

Brush with olive oil on the top sides.

Heat a skillet with oil. Add bread dry side down, one at a time to the hot skillet. Cook until golden and bubbly on one side, then flip and repeat.

Fresh bread makes life worth living.