Working with okara

Okara- the pulp left from making soy milk. After making tofu the other day, I grabbed this recipe to make some really moist healthy carrot muffins. I think it’s vegan too (no eggs)! I added walnuts and craisins on top to add some more flavor. Turned out quite well!

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I still have quite a bit of okara left- may try substituting the carrots with zucchini next!

Tofu making

Comprehensive Tofu recipe found here-
http://www.lafujimama.com/2009/09/how-to-make-tofu-no-fancy-equipment/

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Soaked soybeans overnight in cold water.

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Blended soybeans and water thoroughly.

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Boiled soybean blend in 5 cups of water for around 12 minutes.

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Strained out soy milk through cheese cloth. Excess pulp is called okara. The liquid is the soy milk! Tastes fresh!

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Line the strainer with cheesecloth. I only had a small bag cloth so I used an unopened meshy cleaning cloth.

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Added the coagulant- in this case i used Epsom salt. The milk will start to clump.

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Poured coagulated milk in ghetto tofu press. I used a strainer with a bowl underneath.

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After about 30 minutes the tofu was pretty solid! Still a bit too soft to my liking but I was impatient and hungry!

Blueberry lemon muffins

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My last two attempts at baking didn’t work out too well, but these are easy to make, and tastes good too!

Recipe here:
http://m.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Blueberry-Lemon-Bread-2368

Quiche Cups

I’ve just gotten home from PEI about a day ago, and like many women who come home on vacation, I check the scale. I can’t expect myself to lose weight after eating lobster, mussels, potatoes and ice cream – so I’ve decided to kick off my return with something healthy.

I tried the south beach diet a while back (quit after 2 weeks), but I found some of the recommended recipes pretty good. Here are some quiche cups with some alterations.

Quiche cups: the ingredients and the results!

Ingredients:

  • Bunch of fresh spinach (steamed, can also use frozen)
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 cup of ricotta cheese
  • 1 green pepper
  • 6-8 button mushrooms
  • 4 slices of turkey bacon
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • shallots (didn’t measure this, but not too much :P)

Instructions:

This recipe is pretty easy – I’ve altered it many times, so feel free to improvise with whats in your fridge.

Set oven to 350. Steam fresh spinach for about 5 minutes. Slice and dice – mushrooms, shallots, and green pepper- pan fry and simmer with lid on medium heat – add salt and pepper. Pan fry the bacon until crispy – then chop to bits! Whisk eggs in separate bowl, then add ricotta cheese and mix well. Mix all ingredients together, and place in a sprayed muffin pan (I just use PAM). Put in oven, and take out when it looks solid and slightly brown around the edges – should be around 20 minutes.

EAT. nomnom.

Simple Hummus Recipe

Improvised hummus – simple stuff!

I had a potluck yesterday and thought it’d be fun to make hummus. I only had half a can of chickpeas from a curry I made the other day… I did not have cumin powder or tahini, so I sort of improvised. People seemed to like it so I’m posting it here 🙂

Ingredients:

  • Half a can of chickpeas (8oz)
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1/2 clove of garlic
  • 1/2 lemon – juiced
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • pinch of red pepper spice
  • 1/4 cup of water

Directions:

Mix it all in a processor. 🙂 May need to add more water if it’s not mixing smoothly.

Experiment 2+3: Origami and Waffles

Found a belgian waffle maker in my room today! Also making cards again, origami hearts!

Made Belgian waffles with this recipe today.

Made origami hearts with these instructions yesterday.

 

Experiment 1: Fry Bread

During my missions trip to Many Farms, Arizona, I had the pleasure of getting to know a Navajo girl named Megan who attended the church we were serving at. On our last day, she taught me and a few other girls how to make fry bread. The ingredients are simple: flour (seen it substituted with blue corn flour), backing powder, salt, and water. The tough part was moulding the bread into thin sheets where it would go in a frying pan with a thin layer of oil simmering inside.

This is a traditional Navajo bread, most Navajo will know how to make this at a young age. It can also be eaten with salty toppings like curry and meats, or with sweet things like honey with powdered sugar.

I’ve been back in Toronto for 2 days now, and realized I forgot to copy the recipe down. I just remembered ’12 handfuls of flour, and half a palm of salt…’ the rest i guessed, but it turned out alright, i guess? anything deep fried and slathered in honey is fine by me. 🙂

Fry bread with honey and powdered sugar, yum!