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 …

Plant Based Spicy French Mushroom Relish

I was trying to figure out how to incorporate more potassium into my diet. Bananas are the first things that come to most people's minds. They do nicely, but I'm not a big fan of fruit in general. Too much sugar.

Then I accidentally found out that mushrooms actually offer more potassium than bananas and way more flavor.

Time to make some mushrooms!

I kept it simple, but not too simple.

There are not a lot of choices of fresh mushroom where I am. So I went with 1 pint white mushrooms and 1 pint baby bella mushrooms.

Mushrooms and brandy are like peanut butter and jelly. They just go together. So I used that too. Basically this is a riff on french onion soup, but with mushrooms as the star ingredient. I kept the amount of liquid low to create a mushroom relish, but you could modify this with more liquid to yield a beautiful mushroom soup.

1 pint white mushrooms, chopped small
1 pint baby bella mushrooms, chopped small
1 poblano pepper, diced
1 jalapeno, deseeded and minced
1 serrano, deseeded and minced
6 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbls brandy
2 tbls white wine, I used sauvigon blanc
1/4 cup olive oil
3 1/2 cups water
2 1/2 tsps salt
1 tsp black pepper
2 tsps celery seed
2 tsps alleppo pepper
1 tsp dry basil

Cook down the mushrooms in the oil and salt until nicely darkened. Add brandy and cook off for 3 minutes. Add garlic and soften that. Add wine and cook off for 3 more minutes. Continue to simmer 5 more minutes.. The mushrooms will release a lot of moisture and you'll have a dark liquid in the pot.

Add 2 cups of the water and continue to simmer until not much liquid is left.

Add remaining ingredients and simmer for 10 more minutes or until your pot ratio is 1/3 deep, dark broth to 2/3 tender mushrooms.