Broccoli Olive and Corn Salsa Recipe

I'm just mixing up cultures as I see fit. All cuisines, from all over the world, have the human palate in common. They can blend in some amazing ways. 
This has a really fresh and clean flavor. It's light, but filling. Ideal for the end of summer. It just needs a little bread or rice to go with it. 

Make sure when you serve it to coat the bread or rice with some of that scrumptious sauce!
Salsa Recipe Ingredients
2 broccoli crowns, chopped small
1 can small black olives, halved
2/3 cup frozen corn
1/2 cup frozen peas
2 shallots, diced
1 jalapeno, minced
1 poblano, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tlbs olive oil
1 tbl hot sauce
2 tsps spicy mustard
2 tsps salt
1 tsp black pepper
2 tsps dry thyme

Add all the ingredients to a large mixing bowl and stir to combine. Let rest overnight. 

The broccoli cooks in the acid and the frozen ingredients thaw without losing their color or flavor.

Vegan Recipe Tofu Powered Thai Green Curry

This is a variation on some early recipes I've done for Thai green curry sauce. This time I incorporated tofu into the sauce to thicken it and also to bump up the protein factor.

Coconut milk can sometimes be grainy. Using a blender to puree together the coconut milk and tofu helped to create a smooth texture on the sauce. It's thick, creamy and luscious.

Using the blender also made easy work of the ginger and garlic. Instead of having to microplane them, I let the blades of the blender do the work for me.

Depending on where you live it can be hard to find Thai green curry paste. I just got mine on Amazon.

You could, in theory, make your own paste, but good luck obtaining all the authentic fresh ingredients. Perhaps if you live in a big city, you'd be able to do so. Otherwise, the paste is the real deal. If you've had Thai takeout and wondered how to recreate it, the paste is the secret.

1 can coconut milk
1 can Thai green curry paste
1/2 block silken firm tofu
1 pint white mushrooms, sliced
1 inch ginger, peeled and chunked
5 cloves garlic
2 shallots, sliced
1 jalapeno, halved and sliced
1 poblano, diced
3 dried japanese chiles, seeds discarded
1 can black beans and the liquid
2 tbls olive oil
2 tsps salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp celery seed

In a blender puree the coconut milk, tofu, garlic, ginger and a 5 of the mushroom slices. Set aside

Saute rest of the mushrooms and shallots in olive oil until nicely caramelized. Add coconut milk mixture, black beans/liquid, salt, black pepper, celery seed, curry paste and japanese chiles. Stir to incorporated paste into the liquids. Simmer 10 minutes. Add jalapeno and poblano. Continue simmering until sauce is reduced by 1/3 and nicely thickened.