After a few weeks of traveling, illness or general excessive busy-ness, I once again tried a new vegetarian recipe. It's one of the recipes from earlier this week when I attended the vegetarian cooking class and came away smelling of "Eau de Garlic."
I made it this evening, with a greatly reduced amount of garlic...
GINGERED TAMARI TOFU
250 grams tofu, cubed
4 tbs tamari (similar to soy sauce if you cannot find tamari)
3 tbs sesame oil
4 tbs water
1 1/2 tbs grated ginger
1 medium onion, sliced
1 garlic clove, diced (or 3-4 if following the original recipe!)
pinch of cayenne pepper (more if you like)
Mix all ingredients in bowl, cover and marinate in refrigerator for a minimum of 1 hour or as long as overnight.
Preheat oven to 200C or 400F. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until tofu has browned.
Serve with Quinoa and Salad. Rice would also work.
When I arrived at the class and found out it would be baked tofu, I was extremely concerned. I really, really don't like tofu. However, I really liked this recipe. And when I served it from GLH this evening, he eyed it suspiciously. But he loved it and even said we should add it to the list of recipes for when we have guests for dinner. He even forgot to mention it would be a great side dish for steak!
Note about Quinoa: When I was a vegetarian in graduate school (for financial reasons that time) I ate quinoa frequently because it's cheap, a complete protein and very good. It's sort of similar to couscous. However, after I graduated and got a full-time job, I went back to my meat eating ways and forgot about quinoa until this past week. I am happy to be reacquainted. Although, you will not be surprised to discover, it is not "cheap" in Switzerland. You can find it at any Reformhaus (health food store).