Italian Tofu with Focaccia

02Feb12

Ever hear of Twin Oaks? It’s this awesome income sharing intentional community over in Virginia. Err yeah, you know, a commune. I’m into that sort of thing, judge me if you’d like. Anyway I know for many of us there are a lot of words that might come to mind at the word commune, but one that you might not have thought of is business. Well you think wrong! The funny thing about Twin Oaks is that while it’s members do really live a sort of socialist/communist life style it’s funded through good old capitalism. Maybe it’s a good mixing of the radical and the practical. I’m never quite sure, but what I can tell you is that it is truly delicious!

Twin Oaks makes tofu and hammocks and some other stuff. I almost went to visit last summer but then life happened and my plans changed. One of these days I’d like to go visit. While I had sat in some of their comfy hammocks while wexing at Dancing Rabbit. I had never tried their tofu until I saw it my local “Fine Foods.” I was so surprised to see it! Here it is, the tofu I had heard about in my local Harlem grocery store. Nifty!

But back to the food. TO makes a brand of firm tofu that is all organic, non gmo soy, and many come in cool flavorings. I decided to try the italian variety since I wanted to experiment to try to make an italian stirfry and to make it more fun we made some homemade focaccia too. Super delicious, very easy, we’ve made it twice!

Italian Tofu Stirfry

  • 1/2 white onion
  • carrot
  • some string beans or another veggie of your choice
  • Garlic (2-3 cloves)
  • 3 Tablespoons Vegetable/Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Basil, Oregano, Sage
  • Panko Bread crumbs
  • Firm Tofu, cut up into cubes

Get a pot, heat your oil, add your onion, carrot, and veggies. Add some garlic and your tofu, add spices and salt. When it’s fried up to your liking sprinkle in some bread crumbs, and you’re ready to go!

I also made focaccia, which sounds time consuming but isn’t. This particular recipe comes from this website. It doesn’t really puff up the way I’d like it too but that’s the tradeoff for having bread ready to eat in an hour. I’ve tried other focaccia recipes that are easy and better but more time consuming, which at the moment I don’t have 😦 But this works!

Quick and ridiculously easy focaccia

  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 rosemary
  • 1 pinch ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water
  • minced garlic (1 or 2 cloves)
  • optional cheese (I like to throw some Manchego cheese on top at the last minute)

Mix everything in a bowl. Kneed a bit. Put some oil in your bowl, and let it rest, covered with a damp dishtowel for 20 min. Preheat oven to 450, put your dough onto a well oiled baking sheet and stretch into a sort of rectangular shape. Throw the garlic on top along with cheese if you’re into that. Stick it in the oven for 15 min. Let it cool or burn yourself by eating the deliciousness too early.

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