Wednesday, November 26, 2008

mmmm intentionally burned food...

Sometimes I do use dinner knives. It's true! Maybe I should do it more often, actually, 'cause this was REALLY tasty. I made blackened tofu from Eat Drink and be Vegan, with Exraveganza-inspired lemon cardamom rice and tartar sauce, and I probably should have doubled the amount of sauce I made, because I'm out of leftover tofu right now and I still want to douse everything in tartar-y goodness.

Tartar Sauce (or the best use for mayo ever)

1/3 cup mayonnaise
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp each finely diced pickle, capers, red onion
a few drops of caper juice
1/8 tsp garlic powder
sprinkle of each of salt and sugar
lots of black pepper

1. Stir, let it sit, consume.

And I've been tagged with a survey or two. I don't remember who tagged me for the Seven Things survey, but I'll get around to that one in a day or so with a tour of my kitchen instead of random boring stuff about me. Of course I say that and then subject you to the Four Things survey, because I remember who tagged me (hi Rural Vegan! :), and I haven't done one like it before. K...

Four Places I Go Over and Over:
1. School (it's true!). For loads of things. (quietude, classes, anti-capitalist food, studio space, free political screenings, cheap books, art supplies)
2. the stretch of grocery stores in my neighbourhood with the fresh produce that lines the streets and the funny umbrellas that keep the rain off. Sometimes when it gets snappy-cold all of a sudden you can thunk frozen oranges together. :)))))
3. Ottawa
4. la-la land/my sketchpad

Four People Who E-mail Me Regularly
1. My mom. I am super cool. :D
2. Amazon. Even cooler.
3. School, telling me about gallery submissions and performance art yada
4. I don't 'get' regular emailing, actually. If I like conversing with someone enough to send multiple emails I'll usually take the dialogue to a better format.

Four Places I Would Rather Be Right Now
1. On a rooftop, swathed in plushy new winter-wear, nursing a hot cider and watching the city at night.
2. A heady, smoky night in Morocco or Malaysia or some such
3. Tibetan monastery
4. a little boat with an owl, a wizard, a lamp and a map

Four of My Favorite Places to Eat
1. The cafe at the arts building has the perfect view of dilapidated downtown Montreal, is never crowded, has vegan wraps and you can even grill your own sandwiches and look at funny textile art. Oh, and a microwave for bagged lunches, perhaps most important of all.
2. Anywhere outside in the forest.
3. Anywhere with friends, while travelling.
4. I hardly eat out!!! But I like a good burrito/wrap more than anything, except maybe The Table restaurant in Ottawa.

Four TV Shows I Watch Over and Over
1. Good Eats!!!! It's total comfort watching.
2. Project Runway/Top Chef
3. Venture Bros.
4. Farscape
*5. Does a long-running anime obsession count? it should. :P


Jes said...

Vegan tartar sauce is on my list of crack foods. Insanity! I still have some of my chipotle tartar sauce left over...I might need to blacken some tofu to go with it...

T said...

Your dinner looks off the hook- I'm so into brussels sprouts right now too. Yum!

And hell yeah for smoky nights in Morocco... I would probably settle for anywhere at least 50 miles away from my law school. :)

Anonymous said...

Fun survey - I'd not seen that one much (yet).
You plate is calling my name...or maybe it's just the voices again? Damn.

LizNoVeggieGirl said...


Love the survey!! I too looooove Top Chef and Project Runway :-)

tofufreak said...

oh yum!!! :D

Carrie said...

I love tartar sauce - I could eat a giant bowl of it!

P.S. I love Good Eats, too. :)

VeganCowGirl said...

The table is fantastic isn't it!!!!??? My brother lives right around the it bad that I visit him partly so I can eat there?

I never thought of vegan tartar sauce before! You, Liz, are a genuis.

Anonymous said...

Great eats - totally agree with PR and Top Chef! AND Good eats!

Vegan_Noodle said...

I need to fix myself some blackened tofu... yum! And intentionally burning food? Awesome.

Anonymous said...

Wow. I just found your blog and am insanely pleased to have done so. An amazing sense of humor oozes from your writing.. and the food you make looks amazing.

I will visit often. I'm from Wisconsin, USA but currently living in Japan for the year. I love Indian and Thai food but currently my time has been spent veganizing one Japanese dish at a time.

If you're ever curious,

Unknown said...

i just made this tartare sauce - it is so freaking good. i have to restrain myself from eating the whole bowl. thank you!

Steffi said...

mmmh caper juice ^^ I'll have to try the tartar juice. and yes, anime watching counts. for everything.

Vaala ◪ said...

That dinner looks great. I've never tried blackened tofu...perhaps I should give that a go.

Hahaha, my Mum is probably one of the only people who emails me regularly too (besides my boss but those emails don't count).

Anonymous said...

those are some dank looking creations!!! mmmm