Ingredients: 1 block of firm tofu 1 tablespoon vegan fish sauce (or soy sauce* if you cannot find fish sauce) 1 tablespoon chopped lemon grass (or grated lemon rind of 1 small lemon) 1 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice 1/2 red onion, sliced 1/2 cup chopped corriander and mint 1/2 teaspoon chilli powder
Method: 1. Break tofu into small pieces with your fingers, into a hot non-stick pan. 2. Sautee for 5 minutes and add lemon grass, lemon juice, chilli powder and fish sauce. Cook for another few minutes then remove from heat and leave to cool slightly. 3. Toss tofu through with with red onion, corriander and mint. 4. Eat on its own as a warm salad, or served with rice or as an addition in buddha bowl. *Soy sauce is not gluten free, use tamari instead.
I’ve been missing my Dad of late and trying to recreate some of the dishes that he cooks, although it’s never quite as good as how he does it. I enjoy the delicate texture of the silken tofu with the salty and umami flavours of topping. Some people serve the tofu cold with the topping hot, but I prefer steaming it first. Ingredients
1 silken tofu
1/4 onion, sliced
1 slice ginger
1 teaspoon fermented blackbeans
2 white button mushrooms, roughly grated
2 dried shitake mushroom, soaked then sliced (reserve soaking liquid)
1 tablespoon soy sauce
Chopped spring onion or corriander Method
Place silken tofu in a bowl and drain it as much as you can then place into a steamer. This is the serving bowl as the silken tofu is delicate and cannot be moved around too much or it will break. Steam for 10-15 minutes.
As the tofu is steaming, in a non-stick pan, sautee the onion, ginger, black beans and mushrooms. Add some of the mushroom liquid as the onion starts to brown to prevent it from sticking to the pan.
As the onion and mushrooms start to caramalise, add 1/2 tablespoon of the soy sauce.
Remove the tofu bowl from the steamer carefully as it will be hot. Drain as much of the liquid as you can.
Place onion and mushroom topping on the tofu, pour remaining 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce over topping. Garnish with chopped spring onion or corriander. Ready to serve.
I was so inspired by the pea, celery and potato soup I had at Table8 in Tokyo that I had to recreate this. This soup can be portioned and freezes well for a quick, healthy and heart warming meal. Ingredients
1/2 onion, diced
1 garlic, minced
3 stalks celery, diced
3 cups peas
2 potatoes, cut into big cubes
5 cups broth
Small bunch of thyme and handful of parsley chopped
Salt and pepper to taste Method
Sautee onion in a stock pot, add a little water as the onion start to caramalise to prevent sticking. Add garlic.
Add celery, potatoes, stock and bring to boil. Then reduce to a simmer. Add herbs and seasoning.
Simmer for half hour or until potatoes have soften.
Add peas and simmer for a minute. Turn off heat.
Using a handheld blender, puree the soup until it has a smooth consistency. Ready to serve!
I am loving these bliss balls that makes a great snack and is a good lunch box addition. However, it’s versatile enough that with an added splash of bourbon, it gives it that added depth of flavor that makes it a great after dinner sweetie for grown ups.
1 cup dried apricots
1 cup ground almonds
1/4 cups oats (or walnuts for gluten free option)
1/4 dates soaked in hot water for 10 minutes and drained
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
Zest of one orange
Pinch of salt
2 tablespoons desiccated coconut plus extra to roll the bliss balls in
1 teaspoon bourbon (optional)
Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until a doughy consistency.
Scoop dough into 1 heaped teaspoon sized portions and roll into a ball with hands.