Tuesday, March 25, 2008

tofu tofu tofu... buns!

Just a quick 'fu-centric update -- pictured here is the marinade for v-con spicy tempeh and broccoli rabe pasta. Tempeh around here is about as precious as gold (I've tasted the stuff, oh, maybe once), so I stood in tofu instead. Worked really well, and I'm a sucker for fennel and spice, so I'll probably be using this marinade for other stuff, too.

Yummmmmmy! Probably my favourite pasta dish in recent memory. Chewy, pleasantly bitter from the rabe, spicy and just, well, good.

(I should also mention that the spirally nature of the pasta is oh-so mandatory for getting crumbly bits of fried goodness into every nook and cranny of every bite. OH SO mandatory! :p)

And what goodness could this gooey bowl of fruit-glue be????

Hot cross buns! I used Carla's recipe from But Did They Eat It?, except I used raisins, apricots, currants and candied ginger (instead of raisins, blueberries and cranberries). So much fun to make! I used to adore these things, even more than easter chocolate. You can get chocolate any time, right? But spicy fruited buns were special, even the storebrand kind that we got. I also found out that they're suitably pagan!! The cross was originally a Saxon thing, and it represented the four phases of the moon, so I felt gloriously faithful to my hippie-dippy roots and munched warm buns with my buddies who weren't expecting sunday baked goods at all! (unexpected baked goods are SO the best kind).

And the second half of tofu brick got lovingly transformed into v-con tofu florentine, which made a fantastic Eostre/Easter brunch. I was especially taken with the broiled tofu - I think I've been under-doing my tofu all this time! Granted, I usually like it creamier (rawer?) than super firm, but it was cool to cut it into steaky little pieces for a change. And cheeze + spinach + tomatoes + taters = loooooove.

In other news....

I stumbled onto tofu on sale today and now I'm the proud owner of 3 (!!?) bricks. Oh dear.... ^_^;

18 comments:

Romina said...

Yum!! Broccoli rabe and pasta are such a good combo.

springsandwells said...

Yum!
I made hot cross buns for Easter too!
:)

missblueberry said...

The hot cross buns look fantastic.
I hear you on the 'lack of tempeh in O'Canada'. I had hardly ever used it back home (the only time was from a pre-spiced, packaged product from Whole Foods and it tasted not so yummy), but I find that there is actually more tempeh here then tofu (at least in restaurant usage).

I am pro-tempeh - really nice flavour, but there is something comforting about 'fu' - like your first boyfriend or your first car.....

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

That's it... I'm going to have to make a trip up to see you now, to take some of that food off your hands!

Hannah said...

Man, now I really regret missing my opportunity to make hot cross buns... even though I don't celebrate Easter. Yours look so good!

Laura said...

how have i gotten this far in life having never had hot cross buns? i'll have to try making them some time. they sure look good!

Emilie said...

I made buns too! Your's are super cute. I mean...hot. I mean....nice buns? Anyway, you know what I mean. Rock the tofu too!

Theresa said...

Your hot cross buns look so good! And all that tofu... yum yum yum.

Mihl said...

This is what I like so much about blogging: I always discover new foods that I have never heard of. Like Hot Cross Buns. They are non-existent over here. They sound really great and this is on my list now for next Easter.
I hear you on the tempeh, I always use tofu instead, too. And I am seriously considering that recipe now.

Rural Vegan said...

All of your pictures are so gorgeous! The hotcross buns belong on the cover of a magazine, seriously. And just 3 bricks of tofu? Come on, I buy a dozen at a time when I get it on sale! :P

Happy Herbivore! said...

everything looks awesome, as usual! I can't get over that tofu. its... like... magical... and I'll have to try that florentine from Vcon... you brought it to life! the recipe sounded dull, but I see its not!

T said...

I had never even heard of hot cross buns before recently, and now I am seeing them everywhere! (And they look sooo good!)

v'con is the book that keeps on giving... that pasta recipe is one of my faves in the whole thing.

vegan addict said...

isn't that the tastiest pasta meal?! mmmmm. it smells so good cooking, and then you get to eat it! i think that will be on my menu next week...those hot cross buns look so cute and yummy. i look forward to seeing how you use all that bargain tofu!

pleasantly plump vegan said...

great pasta!
man those hot cross buns look fantastic.

Cakespy said...

These hot cross buns look absolutely inspiring. I wish I could have been there to see them come out of the oven. Of course you would not have had fun making an ice pack for my burnt fingers as I tried to pry them from the still hot pan.

Jenny Wren said...

Hot cross buns! One a penny, two a penny, hot cross buns! I grew up with this rhyme, but have suddenly realized I have never actually eaten hot cross buns...I must!

Ruby Red Vegan said...

I am in love with that pasta dish! It's awesome with tempeh. :)

Oh wow, your breakfast looks like it is worthy for the gods. Ditto for the buns, yum.

Chelsea said...

Hot cross buns! Yum! I tagged you...Details are here :)