Today's Spice: Black Pepper
It looks amazing, right?
Oh friends, I really love black pepper. It is one of my favorite flavors. I even have 4 or 5 varieties of it in my cupboards. So I was really stoked to find this awesome-looing recipe for Malaysian Black Pepper Tofu. The author did warn me that the recipe was very hot, so I only used one hot pepper... but I underestimated the heat power of 2 1/2 tablespoons of freshly cracked black pepper. Grossly underestimated. Maybe it was amplified because I left out almost all the fat, and just dry-fried the tofu? This dish smelled so wonderful, and made the whole house smell amazing... but man-oh-man, did it come out fighting! I took a few bites and my will power grew weaker and weaker with each moment. Black Pepper Tofu put some serious smack down on me. Mouth on fire, I was forced to surrender. I could not eat it.
Do you know what I did? *shame!* I took my tofus to the kitchen, washed them off in a sieve, and re-sauteed them with a little tamari. So sad, but so true. *hangs head in defeat*
Take two. I ate it like this.
At least I didn't forget to add the green onions the 2nd time around.
*is not worthy of Black Pepper Tofu girl scout badge*