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https://brilliantpancakes.wordpress.com/2015/08/03/welcome-to-the-new-blog/

I will be moving my recipes over to the new blog soon, so this blog will become inactive in the next few weeks.

Old friends and new, welcome to a new culinary adventure!🙂

Comfort food for a different palate

Hello dear readers,  I am back. It has been a very topsy turvy few months and things aren’t settling down quite yet. I’ve decided to return to cooking. How often you will get a posting remains to be seen, but I do hope it is more than once in six months.

So. Comfort food. I’ve been turning to a lot of that lately. The ultimate comfort food for me is macaroni and cheese. However, I love the kind made from scratch. The KD kind will do in a pinch. The first of my two recipes is vegan.

If you’ve followed any of my previous entries, you will know I have a soft spot for avocados. So. Take two ripe avocados and mash them coarsely. Some pieces are good,  but you also want a creamy texture. To this add a half tsp of salt, a tsp of sugar, a tbsp lemon juice,  and a half tsp of chili pepper flakes. Once you mix this all together,  toss it with some pasta And olive oil. Enjoy warm. I promise it tastes delicious!

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The second recipe takes one package of ready made kraft dinner. To it, add some meat or faux meat of your choice,  vegetables,  and are you ready: a can of your favourite baked beans. A friend made this at one point and since then it has been my go to dish whenever I want comfort,  satisfaction,  and something cheap and quick to make.

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Variation – Tandoori tofu

Not a post really, but here.is the tandoori tofu that I.made for dinner yesterday. The point is, tofu is really versatile, and you can really use any sort of rub you like on it. I use a ready made tandoori spice, and add 1/4 cup of yogurt, a tbsp of ginger, and salt to taste. And then if you’ll look at the entry for jerk tofu, the method is there. Remember to.drain your tofu. The more water you get out of it before and while cooking, the better.

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Jerk tofu

I’m sure I’ve made a posting on tofu and the right way to prepare it before. Tofu is like a sponge. It will absorb the spices or sauces that you soak it in. If not, tofu can be very bland.

Jerk tofu

1/2 block extra firm tofu sliced into 1/3 inch slices
1 tsp olive oil
3-5 tbsps jerk spice rub, your favourite
Salt to taste

Combine all ingredients other than the tofu. Rub onto tofu. Allow to marinate for two hours or overnight. In a hot pan, sear tofu. When sufficiently brown, serve over rice, potatoes, salad, etc.

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Impossibly easy vegan chocolate cupcakes

This recipe has only two ingredients. You heard that right. Only chocolate cake mix and 300 gms silken tofu. I used the plain kind, but really, I can’t wait to try it with mango flavoured tofu and white cake mix. All you have to do is beat it, or put it in the food processor. Dont add any of the eggs, water or oil, just the tofu. Bake according to directions. I am looking for a vegan frosting, but frosted them regularly.

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