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…

Cucumber Salsa 2.0

I've done cucumber salsa recipes before. This new version takes a cleaner,  more refined approach.

By now it's no secret that I love spicy cuisines like Mexican, Indian and Thai. For me the complex heat and spice profiles they provide are the perfect way to make vegan food really pop.

This version of cucumber salsa is simpler,  but actually packs a bigger flavor punch into a less fussy recipe. This definitely takes a less is more approach.

Bright acid from the lime, a little heat from the peppers and fresh diced summer tomato and cucumber dance on the palate.

1 large cucumber, diced
1 large tomato, diced
1/2 medium red onion, diced
1 poblano, diced
1 jalapeno, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced

2 1/2 tbls olive oil
1 1/2 tbls hot sauce
1 lime, zest and juice

2 1/2 tsps salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp crushed pepper flakes

Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Toss gently to mix well.  Allow to chill for a few hours in the fridge.

After their stay in the fridge, the cucumber and tomato will have released their juices. Stir again before serving to thoroughly incorporate those flavors into the salsa dressing.

A refreshing and hydrating summer salsa with a touch of heat. Simple to make. Excellent to eat.