So I haven't been cooking much this week as its been packed with after-work meetings, dinner outings, and other crap that keeps me out of the kitchen. But I did find time on Tuesday — in between work and a public forum on LGBT teen bullying — to whip up my legendary (at least in my mind) Tofu Deviled "Eggy" Bites:
These faux deviled eggs taste EXACTLY like the kind that comes out of a chicken's lady parts. Except there are no lady parts involved. Nothing against lady parts, but I don't want my food coming out of there! The texture of the tofu and the black salt in the recipe combine to create a very convincing veganized deviled "egg." They're an appetizer in my cookbook, but when I first developed them, I couldn't wait a year to share the recipe. So I've posted it here. Enjoy!
I've made these a few times in the past, but this time, the plain white tofu base was more egg-like in texture than ever before thanks to this crazy medieval torture device-lookin' contraption — the Tofu Xpress!
My BFF Sheridan gave it to me for my birthday and this was my first chance to put it to use. I left the block of extra firm tofu in the press overnight and it pushed so much water out that the block shrank by about half. While this did mean less tofu to work with (I got 12 "eggs" rather than my usual 24), the pieces were nearly identical to the firm texture of a boiled egg. I *heart* my Tofu Xpress!
For the tofu itself, I used Nasoya Tofu Plus Extra Firm. Nasoya sent me a few coupons to review their new line of vitamin-enriched 'fu. This stuff is supposedly designed to meet the nutritional needs of a low-meat/no-meat diet by supplying vitamins B2, B6, B12, D, and calcium.
I'm a big fan of B vitamins, especially B12. I take a B supplement and a calcium pill daily. I also get a monthly B12 shot. But getting those vitamins in my tofu is way tastier. The taste is no different from Nasoya's other firm tofu products, and although my review 'fu was free, the price tag on the shelf wasn't any higher than the regular Naosya stuff. I typically buy Whole Foods brand tofu because I'm cheap, but I do prefer the firmer texture of Nasoya's products. I might splurge on this stuff every once in awhile because I like it better.
By the way, if you go to the Nasoya website, they've added a new feature where you can play ToPlinko ... like the Plinko game on the Price Is Right but with cubes of tofu. Super fun when you're really bored. They've also added a new Tofu U section to help tofu newbies learn how to cook with tofu through videos and lots of recipes.
Question: Do you take a vitamin supplement? If so, what do you take and why?