File this one under things that could have gone horribly wrong but turned out just fine after all. I had a few things working against me today, not the least of which was the fact that I’d forgotten to press and marinate the tofu I had planned to make (Basic Baked Tofu from Appetite for Reduction), which of course I didn’t realize until I got home from work – and then panicked. After some digging fruitlessly in the freezer and fridge to no avail, I remembered the cutlet recipe in 1000 Vegan Recipes, which thankfully, needs no marinating or advanced prep work. Oh happy day – dinner is saved! I’d actually wanted to try this for a pretty long while, but I wasn’t sure how Seth would like them. The recipe is really simple and is called Soy-tan because it uses a combination of firm tofu and gluten flour. They are pan-fried and I don’t really think you could bake them and yield the same result, but maybe. If you’re having them plain, make some gravy (we love the Brown Gravy recipe in The Happy Herbivore Cookbook) to top them with. You won’t regret it. One of the four cookbooks we bought over the weekend was Dining with Friends, which I’ve been wanting for a while now. I decided to make a side dish from it to go with the tofu-turned-cutlets. This is where my other problem came in. I was still tired from travelling back from the west coast when I did my grocery shopping and bought the wrong kind of potatoes. Oh well. A potato is a potato, more or less. I had russets and the recipe asked for red. I cut them into what I thought the approximate size would have been if I’d had the right taters and called it good. It was good. It was really good. Simple recipe, perfect seasoning – pop it in the oven, stir it a couple of times while it cooks and presto – you’re done! So even though I tried my very best to completely screw up dinner, a few excellent recipes saved the day!
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