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…

Harissa

I've only ever had harissa from Stonewall Kitchen. It was a gift. I'd never heard of it before. It was delicious.

I don't know how authentic it was or wasn't. I have no context. That is the only harissa I've ever had. I've looked for it in the supermarket, but haven't found any.

Since I enjoyed it so much, I decided to make my own.

Mine doesn't replicate that of Stonewall Kitchen, but it has that similar sweet and spicy quality that made me like it so much. It's a simple set of ingredients that combine to create a complex sauce.

1 24 ounce jar roasted red peppers
3 cloves garlic
1 jalapeno
1 puya dried chile
2 tbls olive oil
1 tsp cumin seed
1 tsp coriander seed
3 pieces allspice
2 1/2 tsps salt

Add it all to a blender, including the liquid from the roasted red peppers. Puree until smooth.

Chill in the fridge for a few hours to thicken.

It tastes as good as it looks!