Quasi-Roasted TofuBergine

A dish inspired by Gordon Ramsay’s Aubergine Caviar recipe…

I still remember the first time I tasted a roasted eggplant dip made by Tommy, it was like heaven! Yes heavenly delicious! ūüėÄ A few friends and I were spending the weekend at a cottage up-north; the poor guy was spending more than 1 hour in the kitchen making this dish, as it takes 30-40 minutes for the eggplants to bake in the oven – while the rest of us were enjoying ourselves in the hot jacuzzi outside in the freezing cold winter. So I told myself that when I make the dish one day, I refuse to go through this kind of long process. In fact, I rarely use the oven to cook. I’m just not fan of the idea of waiting that long and using that much electricity. So I decided to adapt this Ramsay recipe to my own style! I don’t know if it tasted as good as his version, but it sure tasted yummy enough!

Ingredients:

  • 1 large sized Aubergine/Eggplant, cut into small cubes
  • 1 package of firm tofu, cut into small cubes
  • Fresh basil leaves, chopped thinly
  • Dry parsley leaves
  • 5 cloves of garlic, minced
  • Oil
  • Salt & Pepper

Instructions:

  • When the pan is hot, pour 3 tablespoons of olive oil in the pan and brown the tofu.
  • Remove the tofu from the pan after they turned slightly golden brown and set aside.
  • Add another 3 tablespoons of olive oil in the pan and fry the garlic.
  • Add the aubergine cubes and cook them until they become a bit soft – for about 7 minutes.
  • Add a bit of water in between to keep it moist.
  • Throw in the browned tofu and stir.
  • Toss the basil leaves, dry parsley leaves in.
  • Let it cook for another 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Serve with toasts, or rice.

Enjoy! ūüôā

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Vegetarian Gluten Free Pizza

We made two wonderful 12-inch vegetarian gluten-free pizzas that evening. The crust turned out to be really thin; and let me tell you something: you cannot go wrong with sun-dried tomatoes and cheese!! =)

Ingredients:

  • 1 pack of Gluten Free Pizza crust Mix (Bob’s Red Mill) 453g
  • 1 pack of Yeast
  • 1 1/2 cup of warm water
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 tbps of Olive Oil
  • 1 can of tomato sauce
  • 2 packs of Parmesan Cheese
  • Mushrooms
  • Green Peppers
  • Parsley

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 425F
  • In a large bowl, combine water and yeast
  • Let stand a few minutes
  • Add eggs and oil to mixture and blend briefly
  • Add Gluten free Pizza Crust Mix and blend until combined
  • Leaving dough in a bowl, split in half, cover and allow to rise for 20 minutes
  • Place dough on greased pizza pans
  • Using wet hands, speed out dough to cover the full pizza pan
  • Bake without toppings for 7-9 minutes
  • Remove from oven, cover with favorite sauce and toppings
  • Bake for 15-18 minutes

Eggplant Gratin

Eggplants (Aubergines) are known for its deep purple color and unique taste and texture (bitter and spongy?). So it’s really important to know how to cook them! Well, with the help of an excellent cooking assistant, I was able to execute this great Eggplant Gratin! =)

Ingredients:

  • Olive oil
  • Onions, finely chopped
  • Garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • Eggplants, thickly sliced
  • Fresh Parsley, chopped
  • Dried thyme
  • Canned chopped tomatoes

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 400F
  • Heat the oil in a casserole over medium heat
  • Add the onions and cook for 5 minutes, or until soft
  • Add the garlic and cook for a few seconds
  • Transfer the onion mixture to a plate
  • Cook the eggplant slices in batches in the same casserole until they are¬†lightly browned
  • Transfer to another plate
  • Arrange a layer of eggplant slices in the bottom of the baking dish
  • Sprinkle with parsley, thyme and salt and pepper
  • Add a layer of onion, tomatoes and mozzarella, sprinkling parsley, thyme¬†and salt and pepper over each layer
  • Continue layering, finishing with a layer of eggplant slices
  • Sprinkle with the Parmesan
  • Bake, uncovered, for 20-30 minutes, or until the top is golden and the¬†eggplant slices are tender. Serve hot.

Sweet Potato and Leek Soup

Sweet potato is quite special and different; and it is known to be better than the normal potato we often eat. It’s known to be very high in nutritional value with lots of fiber, complex carbs, protein, vitamins A and C, iron, calcium and antioxidants. I used to not like the taste that much, but I’ve gradually learned to appreciate it. Sometimes it’s just a matter of getting accustomed to food we don’t love at first ‘sight’ (taste). ūüôā

I’ve always made potatoes and leek soups, but I wanted to use sweet potatoes more in my diet. Therefore, while I was browsing through some recipes online, I found this one and I decided to give it a try. It surely tastes different, with a tinge of sweetness, which not everyone will like, but I think the taste is very special! =)

Ingredients:

Sweet Potatoes, Leek, Parsley, Broth, Salt & Pepper, chilli powder

Instructions
  • Put the sweet potatoes, leeks, parsley, salt, pepper, and broth in a pot and bring to a boil
  • Reduce the heat and let it simmer until the vegetables are soft (30-45 mins)
  • Remove from heat and let the soup cool a bit
  • Transfer the soup mixture to a blender and pur√©e
  • Re-heat the soup on a low setting and serve

Check out the 9 Health Benefits of Sweet Potatoes!
http://www.care2.com/greenliving/9-reasons-to-love-sweet-potatoes.html

Healthy Delicious Smoothies

After my Hiphop and Gym sessions, I’m usually quite hungry. While waiting for supper to be cooked, ¬†I like to make a refreshing and delicious smoothie, which usually takes 5 minutes!

Here are 2 of my favourite smoothies for this month: The strawberry mango smoothie and the berries smoothie

1. The Strawberry Mango Smoothie

Ingredients: Frozen mango, frozen strawberries, banana, peach low-fat yoghurt, skim milk.

2. The Berries Smoothie

Ingredients: Blueberries, strawberries, blackberry yoghurt, skim milk

Directions: Place everything in the blender. Cover and blend until the mixture is smooth. Serve immediately.

Consuming Raw Fruits (and vegetables) in a smoothie regularly will do several things for you:
  • Save you money and time
  • Ensure you are properly hydrated and satisfy your thirst & hunger
  • Provide you with the full spectrum of nature’s¬†bio-available¬†vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants
  • Give you plenty of natural fiber to ensure excellent digestion
  • Help empower your immune system to protect you from illness