Tonight, I was going to do a review of the B&B I stayed at in Brighton last weekend, Paskins. But then I remembered that I have a little recipe idea to post alongside it, so Paskins will have to wait until tomorrow!
Instead, I’m going to do a quickie post about a new product I recently found! You’ll probably only be able to get it if, like me, you live in the UK. And if you’re close to a Lidls! But take a look at..
Vegan fortune cookies!!
I love fortune cookies. I don’t know what it is, but having a little sweet treat at the end of your meal that gives you a little bite-sized fortune (pardon the pun!) just seems like such a nice idea to me 🙂 This is my second night in a row ending my meal with a little good fortune, and it always leaves me with a smile on my face!
The other items I picked up was some “stir fry oil”, a sunflower-sesame oil blend with garlic and ginger, which adds a lovely flavour to stir fries, and some noodles called “Bami Goreng”. Now, I know that this isn’t exactly health food. But then this isn’t something I would eat on it’s own! And it’s nice to have a quick option for those nights when you don’t really feel like cooking. It has a nice flavour to it, but I definitely need more veg in my meal!
It recommends boiling, and then frying the noodles, but I found they were nice just boiled. Why fry something that already tastes nice?
I served the noodles with a mixed vegetable stir-fry and some lovely tofu 🙂 Yesterday was the first time I made stir-fry in a long time, and I honestly don’t know why! It’s such an easy meal to make, and you can use any veg you have lying around 🙂 I think mine included sweet potato, carrot, broccoli, celery, asparagus, pineapple, onions and cabbage, but there may have been more! I don’t tend to follow a set recipe, I just use whatever it is I have to hand. Then just add garlic, ginger, chilli, black pepper, soy sauce, pineapple juice (if I’m using pineapple in the stir-fry) lemon or lime juice, and fresh herbs to taste. Basil works wonderfully, even dried will be nice in a pinch. Mix it up and adjust it until it tastes good to you! (Mine is always super spicy)
A little snap-shot of my meal – I swear, there is stir-fry under all that salad! Honest!
And the perfect end to a meal! “An exciting time is coming in the near future” ? I’ll look forward to that! 😀
These have a really lovely taste to them too! Sweet and vanillary (is that a word? No? It is now), it makes me wish they made them in actual cookie-form too. Though, I think the fortune makes it even nicer.
So vegans, keep an eye out in Lidls for these vegan goodies! They won’t be around long, so try them whilst you can 🙂
Veggie & Tofu Stir Fry
By June 7, 2013Published:
Tonight, I was going to do a review of the B&B I stayed at in Brighton last weekend, Paskins. But then I remembered that I have a …
- 1/2 Pack Firm Tofu I used Cauldren, approx 220g
- 2 Tbs Soy sauce
- 1 clove Fresh Garlic Finely minced
- 1 cm Fresh Ginger finely chopped
- 2 Tbs Lemon Juice
- A few drops stir fry oil (optional)
- Pinch Chilli powder Optional
- 1 tbs Oil Stir-fry oil, or any other high-smoke-point oil
- Chop the tofu into cubes, then add the rest of the ingredients (except the veggies) into a shallow dish. The stir fry oil adds a nice flavour, but it's not necessary. Add a few tablespoons of water, until it reaches about halfway up the tofu. Let marinade for at least an hour (or overnight) , turning now and then so it soaks in evenly 🙂
- Add a few drops of oil to a wok or frying pan, let it get nice and hot. Carefully remove the tofu from the marinade, and add to the pan. It will spit, so be careful! Fry for about 8 minutes, turning regularly, until browned on all sides. Alternatively, you could bake it for about 15 minutes, until browned. Set aside whilst you cook the veg. Keep the marinade
- Give your wok a wipe to clean out any residue from cooking the tofu. Add a few drops of oil, then chuck in any veg you have to hand! Stir-fry for about 3 minutes, then add in the reserved marinade left over from the tofu. I like to add in a few tbs of pineapple juice too. Stir regularly, until the marinade has reduced and coats the veg. Give it a taste and adjust the seasoning to your taste. 🙂
- Serve with noodles or rice, chopped fresh herbs, spring onions, and a fresh crunchy salad. Enjoy!