Tofu Garlic Vegan Mayo

I don't currently have the luxury of a lot of ingredients lying around. The coronavirus has turned everything on its head. Still, I'm trying to find comfort in familiar hobbies like cooking and origami.

What I did have was half a package of silken firm tofu that needed to be used and a whole head of garlic that wasn't getting any younger. That is the inspiration for this recipe. That, and my love of all things creamy and garlicky.

1/2 package silken firm tofu, drained
8 cloves garlic, stems removed
1 habanero, deseeded
1 serrano
3 tbls olive oil
3 tbls white vinegar
1 tbl salt
1/2 can chick peas, drained and rinsed

Puree all ingredients in your food processor until a creamy mixture is the result.

It's great right away, but you can chill it in the fridge for a few hours to thicken and let the flavors coalesce.

This is extremely garlic forward and also hot from the chiles. Because the mayo is tofu based and tofu has no flavor of its own, the full on flavor …

Vegan Ramen with Carrot, Black Beans, Jalapeno and Kale

Ramen noodles are famous for being super cheap, but they can also deliver exceptional flavor if treated correctly. The soy sauce flavor of Nissen ramen is vegan. It's okay as is, but a few fresh additions take it from desperate lunch to amazing feast.

I always cook my ramen in a very small pot. I find that this concentrates the flavor. I never, ever cook it according the package directions. They are just wrong.

The proper way to cook a packet of ramen is to crack the block into sevveral pieces. Add to small sauce pot. Fill with water. Stir in flavor packet. Bring to a boil and then simmer until noodles are just tender. Remove noodles from liquid with a fork. Discard all, but 1 tbl of the liquid. Pour that on the bowl of noodles.

They're pretty good that way, but there's still much room for improvement.

I'll add all sorts of ingredients to the cooking ramen to amp up the flavor. Ginger, garlic, mushrooms, celery. All do wonders.

This version is especailly nice because the carrot adds a little sweetness and the jalapeno a little heat. They play off one another quite nicely.

These ramen are enhanced with carrot, jalapeno, garlic, kale and black beans. Because ramen cook so quickly you can just add all your additions right from the get go. After about 5 minutes, simply strain and enjoy.