Thursday, October 09, 2008

Vegan Mofo: My Favorite Restaurant Breakfast


there's really nothing more exciting than being able to wake up in providence and walk across the street to get (vegan! yummy!) breakfast. at home, if i want tofu scramble... i can go to my kitchen. and that's it. there are a couple places within walking distance of michael's, but i am most excited when we head over to julian's for some tofu scramble or tofu benedict.

i have been craving the benedict at julian's for a few weeks now and decided it was time to try to make it myself at home.

i came up with something pretty darn close.

i scooped the tofu straight out of the package with an ice cream scoop. drained it briefly by squeezing it gently, then dried it on some kitchen towels. the 'fu balls were then tossed in cornstarch and pan fried for about 3 minutes on each of 3 sides (fry on the flat side first, then knock it over on one side, then flip. voila. 3 sides.). the tofu was then drained on some newspaper.


while the tofu was cooking, i wilted some spinach in a pan, drizzled with some garlic oil that i had made earlier, then tossed with some lightly fried garlic from when i made the garlic oil.

i toasted 2 very thick slices of italian bread and then plated everything up: bread, spinach, tofu, and drenched everything in a bastardized version of bryanna clark grogan's hollandaise sauce (my version contained some mustard and tarragon). after taking the picture i doused the entire plate in salt, pepper, and ketchup and shoved all of it into my face.

7 comments:

evestirs said...

very cool idea of using the ice cream scoop! what firmness of tofu do u use in this?

Paula said...

woah, ice cream scoop! that looks SO awesome. Next time you guys are in New York for whatever reason we must go to Counter Brunch. They have the awesomest benedict!

esme said...

evestirs, i used extra firm, but i am almost positive that they use firm at julians.

ijdi, i haven't been to counter! and i am all about all things benedict!

allicia said...

WANT!

Megan said...

That looks awesome!

Bethany said...

looks awesome. I love tofu benedict, we make it all the time. I would be in trouble if I lived really close to a place that made it...

For the Love of Guava said...

OMG!! that looks seriously amazing... mmm... is it saturday morning brunch yet???