Wednesday, August 31, 2011

When Vegan Life Gives You Lemons

Slice the hell out of them, put this Lemon Tofu Bake into the oven, and walk away.

Inspired by the Beech Bake (beech mushrooms, corn, tomatoes, love) that Rich from Vedge Restaurant (opening soon!) prepared on the 10! Show this week, I immediately wanted corn and Old Bay seasoning.

"This's incredible," I decided, already on my second slice, not able to describe it or figure out why it was so extraordinary when in reality, our recipe had been a lazier approach.

"Get Old Bay. Tofu. Lemons. Corn," I had instructed Mr. Vedge earlier as he headed off to the market. He raised his fantastic eyebrows but trusted me.

It's delicate, lightly spiced, with a lingering twinge of late summer. Corn and tofu together are quite the pair, and this recipe couldn't be simpler or more open to interpretation. Make it for Labor Day, because it's not labor intensive at all...

Before baking...
Here's my take:

Lemon Tofu Bake

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Quarter a block of extra firm tofu into slabs. Sprinkle each slab with seasonings to to taste: Old Bay, sea salt and pepper, red pepper flakes on both sides. Cover a baking sheet with foil and place the seasoned tofu down. Top with thinly sliced lemon, chopped onion and garlic, sliced grape tomatoes, raw shaved corn, and cilantro. Add more Old Bay. Drizzle with organic olive oil and bake for 25-30 minutes. Serve with toasted baguette.

Could not be easier! It's a little bit sweet, but peppery and spicy at the same time. The lemon oil lets out and adds a richness to the tofu, which gets firm and crisp on the edges in the oven.

Besides lemons, life gave me my Warby Parker prescription glasses today. It took a little over a week to get them and they fit perfectly and were exactly how I thought they would be.

Warby Parker Update...

During my home try-on session, I wavered between two pairs that I liked. I ended up choosing the Sibley, which was one of the pairs that I had initially ruled out, not in my top two. I'm glad I took the time to think about it and asked others for their opinion. I could not be more pleased with the final decision.

My old glasses were barely there, light, minimal. I was into that. But after a year, bored with it. I plan on wearing both depending on what I'm up to. Overall, this was a great online shopping experience and Warby Parker's customer service is top notch. It took a little over a week to get my glasses, with an earthquake, a hurricane and all...Thanks, WP! I have major eyes for you.


Grace @FoodFitnessFreshAir said...

Did you get a new camera recently? Your photos look amazing! And that tofu sounds awesome!!

kellywhitephillips said...

No, same Canon T2i, but have been getting better at manual. Means a lot from you! The tofu was so comforting.

Chrissy said...

Very yum. I made it exactly as described tonight for my mom. She liked it too. Next time a little white wine, veg stock, and saffron in the bottom of the dish to make a sauce. :)