Saturday, May 22, 2010

CSA Week 4

No pictures again this week ... because it's mostly lettuce again. Lettuce, spinach, mustard greens and pea shoots, I believe. My special fare share this week is tofu! I have to admit that I was a little scared ... I mean, I love getting pad thai with tofu, but I've never actually made anything myself with tofu. Not to mention the fact that I got two large containers of it!

So, today I was hungry for a big salad and thought I would investigate this tofu situation. I looked up how to fix it on the internet, and this is what I came up with. First, I had to "drain" the tofu (it came packed in water) by squishing it in between some paper towels. I put a plate on top of the paper towel stack, and put a can of soup on top of the plate to really squish teh water out of it.

After a few minutes of squishing, I diced the tofu into little pieces. I threw it in a pan with olive oil and some chopped shiitake mushrooms that I picked up at the farmer's market this morning.

After sauteing the tofu with the mushrooms until they were a little bit brown, I added about a teaspoon of balsamic vinegar and a pinch of sugar to try and caramelize the tofu-mushroom mixture. I let it cook a bit longer.
In the meantime, I tossed some lettuce mix with spinach, cherry tomatoes, avocado and some olive oil and honey with sea salt. I added the tofu-mushroom mixture, and ... voila!
I was really skeptical about the tofu, but it was DELICIOUS. Tonight for dinner, I'm going to try making an omelet with tofu, mushrooms and spinach. Wish me luck!!!


d.a.r. said...

Don't you mean "wahlah"? Haha!

I love how adventurous you are with food. I am going to live vicariously through you while I eat a PB&J for dinner...

Brittany Ann said...

I love tofu! I've had to cut soy out because of advice from my midwife. But as soon as I birth a baby, I'm back on. I love it so! Mmmm,especially with pad thai!

Anonymous said...

I laughed out loud at d.a.r.'s comment, I get a little irked when people phonetically spell voila, but then I realize I need to chill a bit!

I love your dinner, it looks delish!! Too bad hubs is on the anti-tofu train and tofu is soy, major sad faces for both! And pad thai...sweet baby jesus, kill me now, I miss that delectable cuisine!

katie said...

yum... I love tofu!

Kristin said...

That looks really delicious. I think I need to pick up some tofu!