Something amazing has come to pass: My dad ate tofu. When I first became vegan (12+ years ago), my dad pretty much turned his nose up at everything I cooked - even cookies and birthday cakes. Since that time, I've become a pretty capable home cook (if I do say so myself), and he has really come a long way. He enjoys my sweeties, and most of my cooking, he is still often skeptical of my creations. The word "vegan" still seems to evoke a dark shadow of suspicion over whatever is being served. Ha! I love my dad like crazy, but this is just the way it is.
So, the other night, I really wanted to invite my parents over for dinner. We hadn't seen them in a little while, and there was a lot to catch up on. The problem was, I had already planned and bought the stuff for a tofu-based dinner. I wasn't sure about this, but I decided to forge ahead - with some tasty side dishes in case he rejected the tofu. The whole plan was made even more daring by the fact that I was making a recipe I'd never tried before. Ha ha - I am such a risk-taker!
Broiled Tofus on Shallot-White wine Sauce, Quinoa Saffron Pilaf, Roasted Cauliflower
Well, guess what happened?? I served the dinner (which was very delicious, thankfully), and my dad ate it right up, with no fuss or hesitation or commentary! Dreams do come true! Buoyed by this joyful event, my mom even served my dad tofu two nights later, and he happily ate it up. Very exciting!
As for the dinner? It was great. I made Kermit's Relief and Quinoa Saffron Pilaf - both recipes from 30 Minute Vegan Taste of Europe - and a side of Roasted Cauliflower. Supposedly this "Kermit's Relief" is a tofu version of frog legs, which makes me uncomfortable just to think about it... so I just thought of them as "broiled tofus." The tofus are coated with a thick, noochy "marinade," and then broiled in the oven. They come out crispy, chewy, and covered in flavor. Also, that bed of Shallot-White Wine sauce they're served over is AMAZING. Next time I will make twice as much sauce. It was just delicious and complimented the tofus perfectly. I actually really loved this dish. The quinoa was nothing too flashy, but it was yummy and a good balance to the meal. And of course, roasted cauliflower is always perfect no matter the time of day.
All in all, it was a great meal, a great evening with my parents, and a great victory for tofu!
Any vegan victories in your life lately?