Sweet, sticky tofu by Olga Berman
How well can you get to know someone through the internet? Some say it is all superficial, others say real friendships can occur. Heck, a lot of people meet their partners online these days! I’ve ‘met’ Olga years ago and we have since been in contact with each other over all the social media that are out there. And as Olga is saying; I also feel I have known her for years. I know she has a twin sister, I know she loves to dance salsa. I can still remember the moment when she discovered photography more seriously and moved to an SLR and well I could go on. So I’m very happy to say that Olga agreed to publish a recipe from her site here. If you haven’t been to her blog, make sure you do! Mango and tomato is the title!
I feel like I’ve known Simone for years. Despite the fact that we have never met, we keep up with our latest news through twitter, fb, and of course by following each others’ blog. When Simone asked me to be a guest blogger for her new Beetroot and Halloumi blog that focuses on healthy recipes, I was a bit surprised. After all, it’s been more than a year that I’ve set a foot in a gym. I also don’t shy away from desserts, mayonnaise or steak. I love food. I love food too much.
But it’s all about balance, right? I try to cook healthy on occasion, and I go salsa dancing weekly. I started salsa dancing almost ten years ago and became addicted to it. Although I don’t speak Spanish, I love the language, the music, the passion and the culture. Give me a good salsa dancing partner and the dancing is pure joy and a pretty good way to burn at least a few of the calories from that chocolate cake with chocolate frosting my friend made for my birthday.
Below is a recipe for tofu I created months ago that seems to be popular with my readers on the blog and pinterest. I took what is pretty plain and flavorless and turned it into something sweet, sticky and spicy! Enjoy this recipe!
- 1 block extra firm tofu pressed, cut into cubes
- 3 tablespoons hoisin sauce
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon chives finely chopped
- 1-2 pinch red pepper flakes
- olive oil
Combine Hoisin sauce with soy sauce, chives and red pepper flakes. Add cubed tofu and marinate for at least 20 minutes.
Heat olive oil in a non-stick pan and saute cubed tofu until it's golden on all sides. The Hoisin sauce will give the tofu it's sticky and sweet quality; while the red pepper flakes will add some spice.
Yesterday I ate the tofu with some arugula, chickpeas, tomatoes, zucchini ribbons and sesame seeds in a salad. For the dressing I simply drizzled a bit of olive oil and a few squirts of fresh orange juice.