Takeout Orange Tofu

So since moving to South Carolina the one type of food I really haven’t ventured out in finding a great take out in is Chinese. We’ve had awesome pizza, awesome Mexican (gosh, yeah… I could eat at the Mexican restaurants every other day if I allowed myself to), we even went to a ramen house! Well, when I was pregnant I had such a craving for the delicious tofu from my favorite Chinese take out place in NY, that I had to figure out something. So we picked out the Takeout Orange Tofu from Vegan Junk Food by Lane Gold and we went and bought all the ingredients and were super excited to make it… well, skip to an unexpected trip to NY, having a baby, staying there for almost 3 months… lets just say that tofu never got made.. UNTIL! We made it when we got home.

Alright, so you know how when you order Chinese take out tofu it’s got that pillowy texture and the sauce gets all soaked up and you regret not ordering another quart because you’ve just devoured that one in 5 seconds flat? Well that’s how this tofu was. I’ve never ever ever made such good tofu in my whole entire life. Seriously. And I’ve been known to make some killer tofu, and devouring whole bricks myself. This stuff was awesome. I started by freezing the block of tofu and then thawing it out, I added that awesome orange sauce from the cookbook that had such complex and yummy flavors it was absurd and then I added it to an awesome brown rice pilaf with edamame and steamed sugar snap peas. Delish!

Have I mentioned how much I’m in love with sugar snap peas right now? My favorite way to make them is to steam them lightly and to make a soy sauce – sesame – butter sauce to drizzle over the top. Or you know, just snack on them raw and enjoy the delicious snap and the cool refreshing sweet flavor that bursts in your mouth. GOSH. I want this dish right now.

 

Bon Appetit!

It has been far.too.long!

I’ve realized I do a lot of apologizing on this blog and I’ve really got to change that. So this is my last apology..

I AM SORRY I HAVE NEGLECTED YOU, BEEN A BAD BLOGGER & HAVE NOT SHARED MY FOOD EXPERIENCES SINCE MARCH.

Okay. So in saying that, without getting too personal, things have SEVERELY changed (and for the best!!).

1: I’ve moved to South Carolina, officially.

2: I’ve gotten engaged! =D

3: We are expecting our first child in January, a special little boy =)

Now on to the foodz.

These are amazing Buffalo Cauliflower bites we made for pizza night.. they were deliciously spicy and were excellent thrown into a salad the next day!


BBQ Chicken pizza with mushrooms and green peppers…

This is the Pioneer Woman’s taco pizza… IT IS SERIOUSLY AMAZING. I have made this sooo many times and it’s seriously one of my favorite foods. Out on the grill with little charred bits of dough, mm mm good. It’s awesome too because you can serve it cold or room temperature, so you don’t really have to worry about it being HOT when guests come over. Downfall, it’s severely messy. But that’s what forks are for! =)

This is kinda just a shot of the counter on pizza night. Pizza, buffalo bites, salad, soda, board games & family… perfection!

Orange Scented Apple Bundt cake with cider glaze.

No Knead Bread… freaking fantastic. Super easy, even a 4 year old could do it!

This was originally a recipe from the Food Network magazine for Sausage Broccolini risotto, but being a vegetarian my fiance and I changed it up quite a bit and fell in love with it. We make this seriously, like once every two weeks or so. It’s so delicious and it cooks in the oven, no stirring required.

These are from the cookbook 750 Best Muffin recipes and are a combination of 3 different recipes. I ended up calling them Pumpkin Apple Struesel Muffins. They were, of course, delicious.

These last few pictures are a thing of beauty. Apple Cinnamon Pretzels. I actually JUST made them, this very  morning.
Look at how puffy that dough is, how golden and crispy the pretzels came out. The dough recipe was seriously one of the easiest I’ve used.. it only had to rise for an hour and it turned out exactly how I would have expected. I’m going to use the dough recipe for future things… like garlic knots =) But seriously, the hardest part was rolling the dough into ropes. The apple chunks kept falling out and they would make parts of the ropes too thick or too thin. They are not overly sweet, they have just a hint of cinnamon and apple…. they could easily be dipped into something super sweet like caramel, or something more savory like honey mustard. In fact, that’s how I’m going to be eating them later. The only regret I have is that I wish I had sprinkled some coarse salt on top before I baked them, because they could definitely use some salt.

So those are my recent food adventures. I’m not going to make any promises or say any more apologies, but I really really do miss this blog and I’m going to do my best with updating it. I hope that there are still a few of you who linger, occasionally checking up on me..
Bon Appetit!

ps: I’m going to add a link to my food board on pinterest. Some of the recipes I’ve been using lately have come from pinterest and I have pinned them on this board. Plus, I think it’s the coolest thing ever to be able to pin delicious recipes for later! Leave a comment with your food boards too, I’d love to view them! =)

some stuff!

This past week or so I’ve been cooking quite a bit…

Friday I went out to my moms and made her dinner.. she’s newly a vegetarian so I wanted to make her something with tempeh so she could try it out. I decided to make my special version of shepards pie.

Pretty much I made a “beef” mixture with tempeh, green lentils and carrots slow cooked in “beef” broth until everything was soft and delicious. I of course added some onions and garlic, thyme, bay leaf and some Worcestershire sauce. I don’t like corn and mashed potatoes mixed together so the next layer was peas and then the mashed potato topping was red skinned potatoes and yams mashed together. Sooo good. I also steamed some broccoli and bought a loaf of Italian bread to go along with it.

Sunday I made my favorite to make cookies again.. the ones from Vegan with a Vengeance… the ginormous peanutbutter oatmeal ones.

I made like 16 cookies or so and then froze like 20 little cookie balls so that I can have them to make whenever I want. These cookies will probably pop up on my blog a lot.. I make them when I’m down in the dumps, on rainy days, when I have to entertain people, when I’m requested to bring a dish etc etc. I always add chocolate chips but this time I added chocolate chips AND reese’s chips! Sooo good!

I also made home made pizza dough for pizza. I thought it was going to turn out terrible because I mixed whole wheat flour with all purpose flour and didn’t really pay attention to the recipe very well.. I ended up having to add almost 2 extra cups of flour and it was a horrible texture when raw but surprisingly it turned out amazing. My boy rolled it out for me into the most perfect circle and I made home made pizza sauce. The sauce consisted of something like a can of diced tomatoes, half a can of tomato paste, like 4 tbsp of balsamic vinegar plus Italian seasoning and red pepper flakes (threw it all in a food processor too). We let that cook for a while until it thickened and was luscious and delicious. For the toppings I did the sauce, basil pesto swirled into the sauce, broccoli, roasted garlic, roasted tomatoes, spinach, mozzarella cheese, provolone cheese and Herbes De Provence.

And tonight, I made haddock piccatta with wild rice and sweet and sour carrots. The piccata recipe came out of an old Racheal Ray magazine and the sweet and sour carrots came out of this months issue. The wild rice was simply just made in the rice cooker. The boy got me hooked on wild rice. It’s so delicious, it seriously doesn’t need anything on it whatsoever to be yummy.

And since I’ve been wanting to showcase these guys for quite some time.. Let me introduce you to my three babies.

This is Myrtle. We call her Myrt the Squirt. She’s camera shy. She’s also what I call “my loyal one”. She follows me around the house, sleeps on my head and consistently scratches at the bathroom door whenever I’m in there for longer than 0.025 seconds. She’s a fan of warm clothes out of the dryer, chewing on hair, her 1960’s hippy chair and my boy.

This is Hunk. But we don’t call him Hunk. He is Munky, or Munk, or Munk the Chunk. He’s very camera happy, always trying to take a model-esque picture. But he’s so insanely shy it’s impossible to get near him unless he’s extremely comfortable with you. He’s everyone’s favorite and has a feather duster for a tail. He’s a fan of sitting on his lower back/butt like a human (especially in chairs), playing PS3, clawing at your face at 3 am, purring louder than anyone else, chasing twist ties and rubber bullets around the house and sliding on the hardwood floor.

And last but not least, this is Fern. Also known as Fernie, Pumpkin or The Butt. She’s the baby and was the runt of her litter. She sleeps under the covers with me, greets me at the door, sits on your shoulder and drinks out of the faucet. She’s a fan of anything in the bathroom, including attacking you while you shower, attacking Munky and Myrtle, collecting all the kitty toys in the house and hiding them under the blankets, being combed, chasing ghosts, eating cantaloupe and raspberries and being super cute.

Hope you enjoyed this post of foods and kitties. I decided that starting today I would not eat dairy (aside from eggs) or gluten for 2 weeks. So I’m going to be blogging about that and my adventures in temptation. So far so good and I’m hoping I’ll be feeling super awesome by the end of the two weeks. Tootles!