By Joshua Ploeg
Hello again Vegans, Vegetarians and Well-Wishers!
I hope this summer double issue finds all of you doing well. I thought I’d
turn up the heat a bit with this delicious set of recipes. Your taste buds
will get a good workout with all the flavors being exercised here. My loyal
there will notice that the prep and cooking time is reasonably short for once,
so take advantage of this while you can!
Heat may be adjusted up or down according to taste.
1 lb. Pre-Fried Tofu Cubes or Triangles
2 Bell Peppers, one red, one orange, seeded and chopped
3 Garlic Cloves, minced
1 White Onion, chopped
Mixed Hot Peppers, seeded and minced
2 T. Ginger, minced
1⁄2 C. Cilantro, chopped
1⁄2 C. Thai Basil, chopped
1⁄4 C. Tropical Fruit Jelly
1 T. Sesame Oil
1 T. Corn Oil
Soy Sauce to taste
2 T. Plum Vinegar or Chinese Black Vinegar
2 T. Chili Sauce or Sambal
2 t. Hot Sauce
2 t. Hot Curry Powder
1 t. Cumin Seed
1 t. Five Spice Powder
1⁄4 C. Lemon or Lime Juice
1/3 C. Water, Broth, or Fruit Juice
Sweetener to taste
Optional: 2 t. Lemongrass, minced; and 1 T. Tamarind Paste or Pomegranate Concentrate
1. Heat all of the ingredients in a pot and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring
occasionally. Keep the lid on for about half
of the cooking time.
2. Adjust seasonings to taste and serve with seasoned rice. Thicken the sauce
with cornstarch if you want to.
Long Grain Basmati
Black Sesame Seeds
Cook long grain basmati rice with seasonings to taste.
Serve as the salty side to Blazing Tofu and Seasoned Rice.
3 Cucumbers, cut into strips
1 Carrot, peeled and shredded
1 t. Salt
1/3 C. Seasoned Rice or White Vinegar
2 t. Panch Phoran (Persian spice mix)
1 Small Onion, cut into thin strips
Fenugreek Leaves, chopped
1 T. Sesame Oil
2 T. Corn Oil
2 T. Fresh Grated Roots—galangal, burdock, turmeric
Toss all together in a bowl, cover and allow to marinate for an hour, stirring
every once in awhile.
Curried Pineapple Raita
Sweet, cooling accompaniment to Blazing Tofu and Salt Cucumber.
8 oz. Vegan Cream Cheese
1⁄2 C. Fresh Pineapple, crushed
2 T. Lime Juice
1 T. Corn Oil or Olive Oil
1⁄4 C. White Onion, minced
2 T. Cilantro, minced
1⁄4 C. Coconut Milk
1 T. Yellow Curry Powder
Salt and Sweetener to taste
Mix all together and chill.
This rules! Some extra chopped or shredded melon may be added to this on top
for extra melony goodness.
For every two drinks:
1 C. Chopped Honeydew Melon
2 T. lemon juice
1⁄2 C. Coconut Milk
1⁄2 C. Lemon Vegan Yogurt
Sweetener and Ground Cardamom to taste
1⁄2 C. to 1 C. Vegan Milk (vanilla is good)
Blend all until smooth. Serve over ice.
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