Monday, April 07, 2014

Raspberry Wasabi Tofu and how my work has taken over my life

Raspberry Wasabi Tofu

Most of my friends are probably sick of hearing this, but I love my job, I love my team and I love, love, love the fantastic food I get to eat at my super awesome workplace. :)

Before I joined the Carrots family, I insisted that I have a flexible work schedule so that I have plenty of time to pursue my existing passions - the primary ones being my blog here and my artwork. But a week into the start of my career as Countess of Cuisine and Jollification (yes, that's my real designation) my world started to revolve around my life at Carrots. On the days I was at home, I often found myself thinking, "oh it would be so nice to be at Carrots right now." I figured that once the novelty wore off I'd get back to being myself again. Four months down the line, I've begun to accept that nothing of that sort is about to happen. :P

Of course the downside to all of this is that certain other areas of my life have begun to suffer. I barely make jewellery anymore and I haven't touched my favourite toy, polymer clay, in forever. I don't spend time experimenting in the kitchen as often as I used to and as a result there's a lack in blog-able content.

I've been feeling a little more guilty about my fairly silent blog than any of the other stuff. So you can imagine my delight when I was going through some old food photographs and found this recipe that I had created long ago but missed sharing here. Two recipes within a span of one week. Yes! :D

Raspberry Wasabi Tofu

Raspberry Wasabi Tofu

1/2 block Silken Tofu
3 T Bread Crumbs

For the marinade:
3 T Raspberry Wine Vinegar
1/2 tsp Wasabi Paste
1/2 tsp Red Chilli Powder
1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
1/4 tsp Sugar or Liquid Jaggery

- Whisk the marinade ingredients together in a wide glass bowl
- Drain the tofu and slice it into large squares
- Place the tofu in the marinade and gently toss to coat
- Cover and keep in the fridge overnight (about 8-10 hours)

Raspberry Wasabi Tofu

- Heat a pan or skillet on medium heat
- Put the bread crumbs on a plate
- Dip the tofu into the bread crumbs and coat it on all sides
- Toast the tofu on the hot pan

Raspberry Wasabi Tofu

- Keep a close watch and flip carefully a few times during the toasting
process to ensure the bread crumbs don't stick to the pan
- Once the crumbs are browned to your liking, the tofu is ready
- Serve with your favourite hot sauce (you know it's Tabasco Chipotle for me) drizzled over the tofu
- Enjoy! :)

Raspberry Wasabi Tofu

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Pumpkin Tofu Rosemary Methi Roti Ravioli

Pumpkin Tofu Rosemary Methi Ravioli

Want to guess why this ravioli is heart shaped? Yep, I made it at the beginning of February with the full intention of posting it here on Valentine's Day. But life got crazy, time zipped by and now I suddenly find myself in April, remembering I had to share this recipe with you all.

Ah well, heart shaped food on April Fool's Day? I'll just file it under the Love Fool theme and call it a day. ;)

Now let me type the recipe while I'm still in the mood to do so. As always, adjust the flavours to suit your tastes and ingredient availability. Serve the ravioli with some freshly crushed pepper on top and it's pure heaven!

Pumpkin Tofu Rosemary Methi Roti Ravioli

Pumpkin Tofu Rosemary Methi Roti Ravioli

For the Pasta Dough:
2 C Whole Wheat Flour
½ C Kasuri Methi (Dried Fenugreek Leaves)
½ tsp Sesame Seeds
¼ tsp Turmeric

- Mix everything into a soft, elastic dough
- Cover and keep aside

For the Stuffing:
½ kg Tofu - water pressed out and crumbled
1 Small Onion - finely chopped and lightly stir fried (preferably without oil)
1 Japanese Pumpkin (small, orange kind) - de-seeded, chopped and steamed or nuked
1 C Spinach - chopped roughly
¼ tsp Dried Rosemary
Tabasco Chipotle Sauce

- Place everything in a large bowl and roughly mash together with your fingers or a fork
- Taste and adjust the flavours
- Keep aside

For the Sauce:
5-8 Tomatoes
7-10 Cloves of Garlic
1 Green Chilli
½ tsp Jaggery
Tabasco Chipotle Sauce

- Blend everything as smoothly as possible (few chunks are okay)
- Transfer to a pan and simmer for a few minutes while stirring
- Cover and keep aside

Pumpkin Tofu Rosemary Methi Ravioli

How to proceed:

- Bring a large pot of salted water to boil
- Roll out the dough into 2mm thick sheet
- Cut out hearts (or any other shape of your choice) using a cookie cutter
- Place a spoonful of stuffing between two hearts
- Gently and firmly press the sides to seal completely
- Keep aside on a plate and use the same procedure to make more ravioli hearts
- Gently drop the ravioli into the boiling water in batches for four or five
- They will rise to the top in about 3-5 minutes
- Lift them out with a slotted spoon and keep aside on a plate
- Prepare the rest of the raviolis in the same way
- Serve hot with lots of sauce ladled on
- Enjoy! :)

Pumpkin Tofu Rosemary Methi Ravioli

Friday, March 21, 2014

VGF is Great Fun! - Sunday, 23rd March

VGF is back! :)

For the past two weeks, hubby and I have been working hard on organising our favourite vegan fair once again. If you're in Bangalore this weekend, this is an event you don't want to miss. If you're vegan, aspiring to be vegan, or simply curious about a vegan lifestyle, VGF is an opportunity to taste a variety of delicious vegan foods and enjoy some vegan art and bath and body products all under one roof.

***No entry fee. All are welcome!***
Date: Sunday, 23rd March 2014
Time: 12 noon to 7 p.m.
Venue: #28, Penthouse, 3rd Floor, 'Citi Centre', Church Street, Bangalore - 560001

VGF Collage

~~~To reduce wastage:~~~
* We will be providing a biodegradable disposable plate to each person. Please reuse the same throughout the event.
* We also encourage you to bring your own plates, spoons and cups if possible.
* We will have carton parcel boxes available but we request that you bring your own reusable containers and bags.

We'll have two vegan food demos this time around - Arun (of Samabhava) will show you how to make Coconut Mylk Coffee and at Chef Ram (our bakery chef at Carrots) and I will show you how to make Cashew Mylk and quick Chocolate Truffles. Plus, a special guest, Jeremy Occhipinti, will be there with his guitar, singing for us and uplifting the atmosphere. :)

Here is the list of items that you can grab at VGF this time:

Cakes and Cupcakes:
Edible Flower Cake - Taantraa // Organic Handbaking
Pineapple Pastry - Carrots, The Healthy Kitchen
German Chocolate Cake - Carrots, The Healthy Kitchen
Mango Almond Cake - Paradigm Shift
Chocolate Rum Cake - Paradigm Shift
Chocolate Truffle Cake - Paradigm Shift
Chocolate Hazelnut Cupcakes - Paradigm Shift

Crunchy Moong Dal Muffins - Taantraa // Organic Handbaking
Aromatic Orange Almond Muffins - Taantraa // Organic Handbaking
Rose Coconut Muffins - Taantraa // Organic Handbaking
Chocolate Muffins - Taantraa // Organic Handbaking
Strawberry Muffins - Taantraa // Organic Handbaking

Whole Wheat Cookies - Samabhava
Oat Cookies - Paradigm Shift
Coconut Cookies - Paradigm Shift
Dark Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies - Veganosaurus

Tiramisu Cheesecake - Peace of Cake
Cashew Chocolate Fudge - Samabhava
Chocolate Mousse Ice Cream - Carrots, The Healthy Kitchen

Samosa - Sharmila
Peanut Dahi Puri - Sudha
Gluten Free Bread with Coconut Butter - Carrots, The Healthy Kitchen
Mini Burgers - Carrots, The Healthy Kitchen

Main Dishes:
Peanut Curd Rice - Veganosaurus
Special Khichdi - Carrots, The Healthy Kitchen
Thai Tofu Red Curry - Paradigm Shift
Basil Fried Rice - Paradigm Shift
Thai Chilli Garlic Tofu - Paradigm Shift
Spicy Rice with Raitha - Samabhava

Raw Papaya Salad - Paradigm Shift

Spreads and Dips:
Plain Cheese - Millie's Vegan Cheese
Herbed Cheese - Millie's Vegan Cheese
Garlic Cheese - Millie's Vegan Cheese
Peas Pâté - Millie's Vegan Cheese

Spicy Lemon Juice - Veganopia
Cashew Mylk Strawberry Coffee - Veganopia
Soy Buttermylk - Carrots, The Healthy Kitchen

Lazy Bum Cake Mix - Veganosaurus
Lip Balms - Burst of Happyness
Handmade Soaps - Burst of Happyness
Kitchen Art - Scatter the Batter

VGF Poster