Hi everyone and Happy Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day! As my kids recover from their various sicknesses from eating all the trash candy distributed to them in their schools, I decided to focus on making them cards delineating all the reasons we love them instead of baking sweets for them. Thanks, schools, for reminding me of the REAL meaning of V-day-an expression of love, not high fructose corn syrup hearts attached to a store bought valentine. Sorry for the bitterness, but enough is enough.
Let’s get away from V-day altogether and focus on Chinese New Year. You know, you really don’t have to buy Take Out Chinese food which is not always that healthy and is often more pricey than making your own. Here is a simple recipe that you can make if you just have a stocked pantry. I promise you, you will not be intimidated. If you are, email me and I will walk you through it, step by step: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chinese Orange Tofu:
2 LBS extra firm tofu, sliced into one inch by 1/2 inch cubes
Prepped seasoning ingredients:
4 minced garlic cloves
2 TBS minced, fresh ginger
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
peel from 1/2 of an orange without the white pith, minced OR 2 TBS Orange juice
2 Large scallions, sliced into one inch pieces
1 TBS canola oil or other flavorless oil
1/4 cup water
6 TBS ketchup
2 TBS agave syrup or white or brown sugar
3 TBS black soy sauce (thick soy that is mixed with Molasses-if can’t find, mix 2 TBS soy sauce with 1 TBS Molasses until combined)
In a 350 degree oven , place in cubes of tofu on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Bake for about 1/2 hour, flip to the other side and cook another 15 min until a little golden brown. This process is to drain some of the moisture out of the tofu.
In a wok or frying pan, add the canola oil. When a piece of ginger sizzles, add in the minced garlic, O.J. or or minced orange peel, ginger, scallions and red pepper. Saute up for a few minutes until scallions are wilted.
Add the sauce to the seasonings and stir until sauce mixture starts to bubble and get thick. Add the baked tofu, coat the tofu and serve plain or with rice.