The day after a raw food detox (see yesterday's post) always reminds me how much I adore cooked food, even when it's 90-something degrees outside. So tonight, I cranked up the oven and the outdoor grill to create two yummy warm, soul-soothing dishes.
After seeing the Veganomicon's Curry Tofu on Julie's Kind Kitchen blog a few days ago, I knew I had to have it:
I'm going through a bit of a curry phase right now. Yesterday, I had Curried Carrot Salad and the day before I had a frozen Bombay Curry veggie burger. In keeping with the theme, I marinated some firm tofu overnight in this tasty mixture of curry powder, cumin, veggie broth, and other stuff. Then I tossed it on the grill for a few minutes. Totally delightful! I love the grill marks!
On the side, I veganized my Granny's Squash Casserole:
It's a baked dish with brown rice, yellow summer squash from the farmer's market, soymilk, and other seasonings. The recipe's going in my cookbook, so I'm not gonna divulge. I'm pretty proud of this one. I swear it tastes just like the non-vegan casserole my Granny makes.
I don't have a lot of experience with baking raw brown rice in the oven, so I was worried it wouldn't turn out. Her recipe calls for white rice, so I had to adjust the oven temperature a bit to compensate for the longer cooking time. I also covered the dish with aluminum foil.
After an hour in the oven, the rice was still hard and I had a mini-freakout ... partly because I was afraid it wouldn't cook correctly and also because an hour had gone by and I was freakin' starving! But her recipe says to cook for 1 1/2 hours and so I waited another 30 minutes. Like magic, the rice cooked to a perfect creaminess (thanks to the soymilk). It reminds me of risotto, only baked.
By the way, some people have asked about my cookbook in the comments section. Basically, I'm putting together a cookbook of vegan Southern and country cuisine. So far, I've got a little over 100 recipes developed (honestly haven't counted in awhile), and my goal is 250. I don't have a publisher yet, but I'll cross that road when I come to it. And I'll eventually need testers, but I've get that side of things organized first.