TOFU

Love it or hate tofu is good for you and you can make it taste yummy. This past week one of my students requested a quick and easy recipe with tofu. I showed her how to whip up Hiyayakko and then since it was here B-day I made a tofu cheesecake for her. This is completely VEGAN and even tofu haters will love it. There is no hint or after taste of tofu. It has dense texture of New York Style without making you feel like you ate a brick. I love it with fresh fruit, a fruit puree, or a bourbon caramel sauce.

Vegan Tofu Cheesecake
Vegan Tofu Cheesecake

When it Rains it Pours

This is not going to be a depressing blog about how bad things have been lately. It’s actually how much rain we have gotten here. Okinawa does have a rainy season but in the 15 yrs I’ve been here I think this is the most. Streets were actually flooding and there has been a ton of thunder and lightning. So, you might wonder what I have been doing during this no beach going time? Well as usual cooking, baking and complaining about the rain.
Over the past few weeks I have been really working hard on my upcoming project. I really need to update a lot of my photos so I’ve been remaking a lot of my favorites and retaking photos. So without the sun, it has been next to impossible to take great photos. I’m an amateur, have a ultra cheap camera, and I believe in taking a photo of my food that will untouch, unedited, and when you make it at home you get something similar. There is nothing more frustrating to make a recipe from a magazine, thinking this will be beautiful for tonight’s party only to have it look like puke in a bowl. I often wondered how those magazines have such perfect looking food photos…say it with me now, “stock photos”. I feel so cheated and betrayed. So, just to let you know I never use stock photos and will always use photos of my own. So what you see is what you will get. Nice, right?
So here are my creations from last week: Update Acorn Squash Pudding and Healthy Cream of Mushroom Soup

Acorn squash pudding with maple syrup
Acorn squash pudding with maple syrup

Healthy Cream of Mushroom Soup
Healthy Cream of Mushroom Soup

Indian Food Gone Wild

For whatever reason I had a ton of Indian Food requests. I’m not complaining because I personally love Indian Food but it was strange that in one month there were 3 classes of Indian Food. The two most popular requests were Makhani Chicken, otherwise known as butter chicken and Dahl (a dish made from lentils) Both are super yummy and rather easy to make. Check both of my creations out below. Of course, I added a photo of some naan I made. Another popular request

Slightly spicy with deep flavors of garam masala and tumeric.
Slightly spicy with deep flavors of garam masala and tumeric.

A great dish for vegans and meat lovers alike.
A great dish for vegans and meat lovers alike.
Almost Authentic Naan
Almost Authentic Naan

A Long Way To Go

Well, I’m working on getting photos with all my recipes and let me tell you between my jobs and the weather I feel like I”m getting no where. I know it will all come together but my goal is by the end of year. Yes, I realize we are not even half way through the year but I have tons of photos to take. That means I have to make all those dishes, get great lighting and take great photos. ODDS: slim! But I’m going for it anyhow.
Below are my latest: Shrimp Avocado Salad and White Chocolate Cranberry Pistachio biscotti

The wasabi adds a nice zip to the overall dish
The wasabi adds a nice zip to the overall dish
Just enough sweetness. Great with tea or coffe
Just enough sweetness. Great with tea or coffe