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.

Ingredients
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 Cheddar Biscuits Recipe 2.0

So I took another crack at my vegan cheddar biscuit recipe. I thought it could be improved and/or tweaked for the better.

I add some olive oil to the mix for flavor and fat. I also added some panko breadcrumbs for a different texture. They are moist and tender on the interior, but there's a pleasant crunch on the outside. The textural contrast adds an unexpected dimension beyond just the flavor sensations.

Also ditched the sugar and the baking soda. Changed out the water for almond milk. Tweaked the spice mix.

Extremely pleased with the results.

2 cups ap flour
3 tbls nutritional yeast
1/4 cup panko
3 tbls olive oil
3 tbls vegan mayo
1 tbl baking powder
2 tsps salt
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp dry basil
1 tsp dry thyme
2 tsps crushed pepper flakes
1-2 cups almond or soy milk as needed

Add all ingredients except almond milk to a medium sized mixing bowl. Add 1 cup milk. Gently stir. Add additional milk in 1/4 cup increments until a dense, yet moist dough is formed. Try not to stir too much. The less you stir the more tender the biscuit will be. Add just enough liquid so that all the dry can be incorporated into the dough. You're shooting for the same consistency as classic bisquick drop biscuits.

Drop by rounded mounds onto a non-stick or lubed baking sheet. You should get 6-8 biscuits.

Preheat oven to 450 F. Let the biscuits rest at room temp while the oven preheats. I like the dough to rest before putting it in the oven. So I don't preheat before I start mixing. This allows some of the starches to soak up some of the moisture. They stay tall and fluffy as they bake instead of spreading.

Cook at 450 F for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned.

Cool for 10 minutes before serving.