Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Roasted Tofu with Couscous

I'm sure some of you out there saw the title to this post and groaned. I know a lot of people out there have very poor perceptions of tofu as a mushy, tasteless, foam-like substance, which is quite unfortunate. Tofu, when made well, is firm, chewy and full of flavor, and hopefully this recipe will inspire some of you to give it a shot. If you're already a fan of this version of soybeans, then hopefully this will give you ideas of new directions to take it in.

Tofu is essentially a blank canvas, it can become and taste like almost anything you want it to. While I'm still a little skittish on using it in desserts (I highly doubt I will ever find a tofu-cheesecake recipe worth posting), it's a really great way to add variety to your protein sources. For what it's worth, tofu is also awesome for you -- very low in cholesterol and sodium, it's a good source of protein, calcium and iron. Good luck finding 10g of protein for 88 calories anywhere else! All of that adds up to a diet-friendly food that can be made to fit any palate.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Portuguese Sweet Bread (Päo Dôce)

Hey look! Andrew's making a second post!

When I signed onto this blog I assumed that I would have more time to myself than medical school apparently allows me, by which I mean that med school consumes my whole life. Posts will probably be few and far between for me, but Carolyn is probably a better cook than I am anyway, so she can take up the slack. However, I am now on summer "break" (read: full-time job, which feels like a vacation), so I hope to be able to post a little more this summer.

So now, after a fairly sizable absence following my recipe for barleywine (which, by the way, is delicious), I'm continuing my adventures with yeast and making bread. This recipe is courtesy of my grandfather (pours one out), and its unofficial name is thus "Grandpa John's Portuguese sweet bread."

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Grilled Spiced Eggplant and Minted Yogurt Stacks with Greek Salad

After surviving 3 weeks of finals, two weeks ago was the one week of vacation I get between now and August, and I very lazily enjoyed it! One of my favorite things about vacation is getting to read whatever I want, just because it's fun. What I decided I wanted to read this week were several magazines (alright, only 2 -- I did buy a Vanity Fair, but only for the pictures of World Cup players in their underwear!). Anyway, one of the magazines I bought was the Bon Appétit's travel edition -- the best of Spain, Italy and France? Yes, please!

Trying new recipes for fun is all well and good, but cooking for people is still my favorite. So I called a few of my fellow nursing students and put together a dinner party. One of my friends, Ashley, had never tried eggplant before, so this stuck out pretty obviously as the recipe to make- never mind that I love Greek food. A simple Greek salad was the perfect compliment to this dish.