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.

Ingredients
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 Vegan Buttermilk Biscuits

I was in the mood for biscuits. I've always been a fan. KFC biscuits first turned me on to the them as a child. Pilsbury fueled the fire. The first time I had those Red Lobster cheddar bay biscuits, I was practically dumbfounded. None of those, sadly, are vegan.

A quick google search for vegan biscuits will yield a plethora of contenders. I decided to go with the "southern vegan's buttermilk biscuits". That recipe just felt the simplest and most authentic. I did modify it though.

Rather than go out and get vegan margarine, I used vegetable shortening, which I already had. I also added fresh cracked black pepper, crushed pepper flakes, minced jalapeno and minced garlic.

I used about a 1/2 cup shortening to 2 cups flour. In retrospect, a little more fat would've been ideal. I'd say a few tablespoons of olive oil would work nicely in the mix. I also think a little more salt would've been nice. The original recipe calls for only 1/2 a teaspoon. 1 full teaspoon could really punch up the flavors.

But on the whole, a delicious vegan biscuit anyway you interpret it.