When J was quite young, maybe 3 or 4, our good friends invited us over for a homemade Asian meal featuring tofu. (It was delicious!) Having never been served tofu before in her short life, J was impressed. "I like this tofood!" she said, "May I have some more?"
I do not generally cook with tofu, and although I have enjoyed it in many dishes that others have prepared, I generally order something with chicken or seafood if given a chance.
At the beginning of summer, JP wanted our family to change our eating habits and eat more healthy food choices, including less red meat. I bought a 25 lb bag of brown basmati rice in early June, and we have eaten through about half of it now. The girls even admitted yesterday (as they took seconds of it) that they have grown to like it. We eat chicken, fish, turkey, eggs, and very little beef. JP has asked if we could try more tofu.
I'm usually game to try new things, and I generally view myself as a pretty good cook. Not being familiar with many tofu recipes, I enlisted the help of our friend, who is a vegetarian. I copied a number of recipes from a book he loaned me that sounded tasty. I thought it was alright when JP lightly fried it and we slurped bits of it out of the salty broth with ramen noodles or miso. Over the winter, he made a salad featuring fried and baked chunks of tofu (think croutons) which was also pretty good.
The 2 dishes that I made (General Tso's Tofu, and Saag with Tofu - instead of paneer,) however, not only took an extremely long time to prepare, but also made a terrible mess of the stove and several dirty pots and pans, and ultimately were not that great. Maybe it's true that one's tried and true recipes taste all the better for the love that was added by the preparer. Perhaps I don't love my tofu enough.
In any case, I'm still not a fan of tofu. Someone send me some delicious and easy recipes for tofu that I can try! I have one more tub of tofu in the fridge...
1 year ago