I love, love, love the versatility of tofu and who doesn’t love a night in with a Chinese?
When I’m making friend rice, I often change the ingredients depending on what I’ve got in the fridge freezer so feel free to add and remove vegetables to your taste.
Sweet, Sticky, Sesame, Tofu
200g of firm Tofu, drained and pressed
2 tbsps of cornflour
1 tsp of pepper
1/4 tsp of salt
1 clove of garlic, chopped or crushed
1/2 tsp of ginger paste
1 tbsp of sesame seeds
1 tbsp of sesame oil (leave out or use an alternative if you have an allergy)
3 tbsp of maple syrup
4 tbsps of soy sauce
1 tbsp of rice wine vinegar
2 tbsps of ketchup
1/2 a tsp of chilli flakes (or a whole tsp if you’re me)
1 tbsp of olive oil
Slice the tofu in to bite sized pieces.
Mix the corn flour, salt and pepper in a bowl.
Dip the tofu pieces in the cornflour mix to coat it.
Heat a olive oil in a pan and fry the tofu pieces, turning them over until they start to become crip and golden.
In a bowl, mix the sesame oil, maple syrup, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, ketchup, chilli flakes, garlic and ginger paste and mix in to a marinade.
Add the fried tofu pieces to the marinade and let sit for around 30 minutes to soak in the flavour.
Pour in to a pan and fry in the marinade until sizzling.
Veg Fried Rice
1 clove of garlic, chopped
1/2 cup of basmati rice
3/4 cup of water
1/2 tsp of salt
1 tbsp of soya sauce
1 carrot, peeled and julienned
3 spring onions, sliced
1 yellow pepper, sliced in to thin strips
1 large broccoli tree, but in to small bite size florettes
3 large mushrooms, sliced
Handful of kale leaves, destemmed and chopped (you could substitute for cabbage)
Heat water in a pan adding the salt and rice. Bring to the boil, then turn heat down, put he lid on the pan and simmer for 15 minutes.
Check the rice has soaked in the water and is cooked and leave to cool.
Add all the vegetables and garlic to a wok with oil and fry whilst stirring on a low heat for around 10 minutes until the vegetables are all cooked.
Stir in the rice and mix.
Stir whilst still on low heat for another 2 minutes.
Serve with sesame seeds