Saturday, March 29, 2008

fresh bread and tofufish

I could so get into the habit of making bread more often... I always dismiss the idea, thinking that chapatis are more of a single girl kind of food. But sometimes it's just healing to the soul, you know? Something about snarfing fresh baked bread with a bit of Earth Balance is such a treat. Better than cake. I'm so serious.

I used the rustic bread recipe from the Freshloaf site, except with more whole wheat flour and gluten flour, and ooooh, was it good! I think I'm still partial to this recipe, but the freshloaf one was easier to work with and made twice as much, so thar ya go.

My oven is really stupid and it jumps all over the dial during the simplest of baking procedures, so the initial rise could have been a bit better. But they still rose like crazy. And smelled like heaven!

Yep. Perfect lunch. (not pictured, copious amounts of EB and some mayo for dipping veggies)

I'm not always suzie simpleton, though. And remember the 3 bricks of tofu? Well, the first one was seaweed flavoured, which I'd never tried before, so I mushed up a batch of asian-style tofu salad that turned out tasting exactly like tunafish! So weird, yet so nostalgically delish.

Forget the plain veg lunch - TOFUFISH is my new favourite. I've had it 3 days running now.
(I'm saving the recipe for a cookzine, I think!)

And brick number two was medium-firm, so I figured I'd give Susan's crustless tofu quiches a go (seeing as everyone vegan with a muffin tin has tried them and professed their awesomeness from rooftops and stuff). They are wonderful! Much like the tofufish, they're shockingly quiche-y in flavour. I had some issues getting them to stay intact (and it turns out I'm not the only one), but I'm pretty sure it was an oven issue, cause the ones that got good time under the parts of the coil that actually work were perfect. I think I can stop looking for a go-to quiche recipe, actually. I'm gonna throw this stuff in a crust next time I go home and seriously please some omnis!

16 comments:

Romina said...

Wow, you are a fantastic baker! I love that first loaf of bread, it's just gorgeous. You should open a bakery!

Carrie said...

your bread looks great! I agree with you - there's some just so satisfying about starting with some dough and creating a loaf of bread and then eating it fresh from the oven.

I've been meaning to make those quiches - they look so tasty!

Ruby Red Vegan said...

romina said it - your bread looks awesome! i've got to agree with you, your plate there does look like the perfect lunch. poo! i feel left out; i still haven't tried the tofu quiches yet, but they look especially amazing next to those strawberries. if only strawberries didn't cost $100 a pint... what a yummy post! your plate presentation is quite fabulous and is especially noticeable in this particular post. :)

Mihl said...

Your oven and my oven have a lot in common! Still your bread came out great.
Thank you for tagging me. You are the third person who did this, so I should finally give in, shouldn't I?

Happy Herbivore! said...

you want to come over and play at my house? WOW~!

First I was starring at that lunch - it IS perfect... i want it!

I've been weird about fake fish - but your tofufish had me intrigued!!!!!!! its so beautiful!! and those baby quiche!!!!!!!!!!!

pavotrouge said...

so what did you do to the tofu for tofufish?

Hannah said...

I couldn't agree more about fresh bread- I simply adore making it, smelling it as it bakes in the oven, and of course eating it! You loaves are really gorgeous.

tofufreak said...

yummm..... everything looks yummy!! do u know if seaweed flavored tofu can be found in asian markets? cos it sounds delicious!!

pleasantly plump vegan said...

beautiful bread. that lunch of bread and veggies looks so wonderful.

VeggieGirl said...

Liz, I envy your bread-baking skills - it's GORGEOUS!!! and of COURSE your meals look great - glad that you had success with the mini tofu quiches... mine didn't firm up :0(

aTxVegn said...

The bread is gorgeous and it's so true that nothing smells better than fresh homemade bread!

I love those little quiches!

meghan: sugar-shock.blogspot.com said...

this all looks great! i just got some sourdough starter from a friend...so if i can avoid killing it, i too will be baking bread sooner than later!

awesome!

Rural Vegan said...

Ooo, your bread is beee-u-t-ful! I may have to try that first recipe, it's so impressive looking.

And fork over the tofufish recipe, lady! The cuke sammiches are gorgeous as well.

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

It's true! Sometimes bread IS better than cake-- especially fresh outta the oven. And those quiches are a favorite of mine. Sometimes I even just eat the raw batter, instead of baking it!

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

Oh my, that bread looks AMAZING! Mine never comes out looking that lovely.

bazu said...

Woah- seaweed tofu? I've never seen such a thing! And all I have to say to the fresh bread/EB combo is: YES. your lunch does look pretty darn perfect.