Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Tofu Fried and Saucy

What you will need  for frying: 1 block firm tofu
                                         garlic powder
                                        onion powder
                                   corn starch
                                     vegetable oil
Tofu made from soy bean curd is very bland but like any food product, it  can be quite delectable you incorporate the right flavors.. There are many ways to prepare tofu and so I put my creative hat on and do it my way. First I squeeze out excess liquid from the tofu, then slice, sprinkle each piece with salt, garlic powder and onion seasoning and black  dredge the pieces in corn starch, dip in egg wash and dredge again in cornstarch, fry in shallow oil.
After frying: Serve as is, or add a sauce to some of the fried tofu'. In the skillet that you fried tofu, pour off oil if  necessary, then add some jalapeno slices, chopped green onion, stir and then add some stir fry; sauce, places the tofu slices in pan and toss tofu in pan gently till coated just for a min then remove and serve.

Steak and mushrooms

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Fruit salad

These berries and grapes and fruits made a wonderful fruit salad.. This dish includes: fresh strawberries sliced, fresh grapes, fresh blue berries a fresh lemon peeled and sliced, few prunes, and craisens. yes prunes and craisins, they are delicious too. I made a simple syrup and drizzled just a little over the fruits and squeezed a lemon over it and thats it. Ready to eat.

Chilli dog casserole

Simple can be good too. This dish takes only a few mins to prepare. I changed the recipe just a little by using just chili beans without meat.  and boiling the hot dogs and draining them before adding to the dish. I did not cover my dish either.  oops. Quick, easy and quite delicious. The  original recipe follows:


                                                   ¦2 15 oz. cans chili with beans
                                                  ¦1 16 oz. pkg. hot dogs
                                                   10 corn or flour   tortillas
                                                 ¦¦2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese


Spoon one can of chili into 13x9-inch baking dish. Roll hot dogs up in tortillas. Place in baking dish seam side down. Top with remaining chili, then sprinkle the cheese over the top. Cover the pan with foil (without the foil touching the cheese) and bake at 425 degrees for 30 minutes     

Vegetarians, this might just work with some big franks.  

Rice and Peas/Red beans and rice

Rice and peas is one of the native dish of Jamaica. This dish is made  by many other cultures with each one adding their own little twist to make it a wonderful dish each time. In my cuture, coconut milk, thyme and green onion are three of the items that makes it caribbean.