Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Daring Cooks January: Tofu Satay

Tofu Satay with peanut sauce
The January 2010 DC challenge was hosted by Cuppy of Cuppylicious and she chose a delicious Thai-inspired recipe for Pork Satay from the book 1000 Recipes by Martha Day.

Considering how much writing and how much cooking I have done in the past few weeks, it’s really quite surprising that the two haven’t overlapped until now.

I apologize if you’ve been visiting my page, wondering what’s happened. I apologize that I promised to post a delicious vegan biscotti recipe around Christmas time, but still haven’t (it’s coming, I swear!)

But there is tasty stuff to come…

Like this tofu satay that I made for January’s Daring Cooks! (Recipe here: http://thedaringkitchen.com/recipe/satay)

The photos are a bit rough, I was in a hurry, or hungry or something. I actually made this two weeks ago, so it’s a bit fuzzy.

First, I pressed the water out of half a block of extra-firm tofu, for about an hour. Then I sliced it into four 1-cm thick strips and marinated them for another hour.

1/2 small onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 T ginger root, chopped (optional) (2 cm cubed)
2 T lemon juice (1 oz or 30 mls)
1 T soy sauce (0.5 oz or 15 mls)
1 tsp ground coriander (5 mls)
1 tsp ground cumin (5 mls)
1/2 tsp ground turmeric (2-2.5 mls)
2 T vegetable oil (or peanut or olive oil) (30 mls)

I didn’t have coriander, but then borrowed some from my mum, and I am so glad I did. Coriander is amazing. Eat some!

While the tofu is marinating, make the amazing peanut sauce.

Peanut Sauce:
3/4 cup coconut milk (6 oz or 180 mls)
4 Tbsp peanut butter (2 oz or 60 mls)
1 Tbsp lemon juice (0.5 oz or 15 mls)
1 Tbsp soy sauce (0.5 oz or 15 mls)
1 tsp brown sugar (5 mls)
1/2 tsp ground cumin (2.5 mls)
1/2 tsp ground coriander (2.5 mls)
1-2 dried red chilies, chopped (keep the seeds for heat)

1. Mix dry ingredients in a small bowl. Add soy sauce and lemon, mix well.
2. Over low heat, combine coconut milk, peanut butter and your soy-lemon-seasoning mix. Mix well, stir often.
3. All you’re doing is melting the peanut butter, so make your peanut sauce after you’ve made everything else in your meal, or make ahead of time and reheat.
Broiled Tofu
Now, mine turned out a little gelatinous, because I had to make some adjustments. I didn’t have coconut milk so I used some coconut juice that has been in my pantry for a year or so, and added a paste of arrowroot powder and water to thicken it up a bit. It was delicious anyway, just not very pretty.

After the tofu has marinated for at least 30 minutes, broil it until it’s golden brown and starting to darken at the edges.

Make a few servings of basmati rice. I added half a bouillon cube to the rice for a little extra flavour.

Good meal overall, and I’d definitely do it again.

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