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…

Ginger Lime Dressed Roasted Potatoes

You don't typically encounter potatoes in Thai cuisine, but lime and ginger are a winning combination with any beige starch.

Baked and then broiled potato chunks dressed with a ginger lime vinaigrette. Served with a spicy ginger broth. The broth is from an older recipe. The combo really works.

These potatoes are extra crispy on the outside and pillowy soft in the middle. For a variation on classic potato flavor I decided to create a ginger and lime vinaigrette to dress the cooked potatoes.

Cut potatoes into 1 inch chunks. Coat a bowl with olive oil. Pour 2 tbls in the bottom of the bowl and then gently rotate the bowl to coat the sides and bottom with the oil. This ensures that the first few potato chunks you add to the bowl don't soak up all the oil. This way all the potato wedges get a nice even coating of the oil.

Add cut raw potatoes to the bowl. Season with salt, pepper and thyme. Toss potatoes to coat evenly. Add more seasoning as needed to evenly coat all chunks.

Bake potatoes in a single layer on a sheet pan in a 425 F oven. Bake near the bottom of the oven, but not at the very bottom. Bake for 25 minutes.

Switch oven to high broil and move potatoes to the bottom of the top third of the oven. Broil for 10 minutes or until nicely browned and crispy.

In the bowl from earlier, add juice and zest from 1 lime. 1 tsp salt. Grate in 1/2 inch fresh ginger. Grate in 1  clove of garlic. Whisk in 2 tbls olive oil.

To keep potatoes crispy, dress them with the vinaigrette immediately before serving.