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 …

Lentils and Barley in Vegan Beef Broth

I was going for a hearty, cold weather soup here. Something with spice and personality. The spice base is mostly mexican. While the broth base has its roots in France. It's an unusual pairing, but it turned out pretty great.

Even though it's vegan, the broth has a beefy, meaty punch. It's very satisfying.

The neutral combo of lentils and barley easily bridges all cultural divides. I especially find the red wine works famously with the typical mexican spices.

1 can black beans, plus can brine
1/3 cup red wine
1/4 cup dry lentils
1/4 cup dry pearl barley
1/2 medium red onion, sliced
1/2 pint cremini mushrooms, sliced
1 poblano, diced
1 jalapeno, diced
1 serrano, diced
3 cloves garlic, sliced
1/2 bag steam in bag broccoli/cauliflower mix
1 cup fresh parsley
2 tbls olive oil
1 tbl spicy mustard
1 tbl soy sauce
1 tbl sriracha
3-4 cups water

2 tbls nutritional yeast
1 tsp cumin seed
1 tsp coriander seed
1 tsp cayenne
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp turmeric
2 tsps each salt and black pepper

Sweat off the onion and mushrooms in the oil with satl and black pepper. When nicely browned deglaze with the red wine. Cook off wine for 5 minutes. Add beans, brine, mustard, soy sauce, srirach, garlic, jalapeno, serrano, poblano, yeast, remaining spices, 3 cups water, lentils and barley. .

Simmer until lentils and barley are tender. Adding more water in 1/2 increments are needed to cook the lentils and barley. When they are done stir in the broccoli/cauliflower mix and the parsley. Turn off flame. Rest for 5 minutes.