Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Sweet and Sour Tofu and Veggies

This will have to be a quick post because mum wants to use the computer desk for her studying, so here it goes - the recipe for my Monday night dinner, Sweet and Sour Tofu and Veggies served over Quinoa.

  • 1 small carrot
  • half a head of broccoli
  • 1 large leaf of kale
  • as much red capsicum as you want
  • a small handful baby spinach
  • extra firm tofu - as much as you want
  • 1 'ring' of tinned pineapple
  • 1/4 cup of syrup/juice from tinned pineapple
  • 1/4tsp ginger powder
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1-1 1/2 tsp dukkah*
  • 1-2 tbsp salt-reduced soy sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp vegan brown sugar
  • 1/2 - 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • 3/4 tsp corn flour
  • slightly less than 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1/4 cup dry quinoa
Start by placing the tofu under the grill. While this is grilling away , make the sauce. Mash up the pineapple with a fork ( alternately you could just buy crushed pineapple and use a few spoonfuls of that) and place it in a non-stick saucepan with the juice, cayenne pepper, dukkah, soy sauce, sugar and vinegar and mix. Chop up your veggies and place in the top of a steamer saucepan, remembering to check on the tofu every now and then, flipping when one side is brown. Put the sauce over medium heat and while it starts simmering nicely mix the corn flour/corn starch with the water. After five minutes place the quinoa in the bottom the steamer saucepan with 1/3 - 1/2 cup of boiling water, put the veggies on top and place over high heat. After another 3-5 minutes the veggies should be getting soft and the tofu should be done (it was probably done a while ago). Chop the tofu into cubes and toss in with the sauce, then add the cornflour/water mixture ( should have no lumps). Leave this simmering until the veggies are as tender as you want them and then add them to the sauce as well. The quinoa should be nearly done (if the water is all gone just add a little more) so turn this down to low heat while your sauce continues to thicken. When the quino has no more water and the sauce has reached the desired consistency, put the quinoa on a plate and top with sauce. YUM!

*Dukkah is a spice which contains, among other things, cummin, sea salt, sesame seeds and ground walnuts. If you can't find it, just use cummin, but I highly recomend looking until you do.


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