Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Sesame Orange Tofu


This is a recipe I found a few years ago that originally used shrimp not tofu. I have made it with shrimp, chicken and tofu. It is a tasty treat in all 3 cases.


Ingredients

  • 1 large egg white
  • 1/8 cup cornstarch
  • 1/8 cup sesame seeds
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 package of tofu, drained, dried in paper towels and cubed
  • 1 TB olive oil 
  • 1/2 cup  orange juice
  • 1 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon sugar
  • 4 scallions trimmed and thinly sliced ( you can use green onions or red onions)

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together egg white, cornstarch, sesame seeds, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper until frothy. Add tofu and toss to coat.
  2. Heat 1/8 cup oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Working in two or three batches, cook tofu until golden and crisp, 3-4 minutes per side. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Add more oil to skillet if necessary for remaining batches.
  3. Wipe skillet with a paper towel. Add orange juice, soy sauce, and sugar. Boil over high heat until syrupy and reduced to about 1/3 cup, 4 to 5 minutes. Return tofu to skillet; add scallions, and cook until heated through and coated with sauce, about 1 minute.


I served my tofu with Roasted Green Beans and steamed, brown rice.


Roasted Green Beans


Ingredients:

  • Green beans
  • kosher salt + fresh cracked pepper to taste
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tbsp shredded Parmesan Cheese

Directions: 

Preheat the oven to 425°F. 
Wash, trim and dry green beans. Spray cooking sheet with oil and put beans on. Spray them with cooking spray to lightly coat. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and garlic powder and toss to evenly coat. 
Spread them out on the sheet so that they all lay flat and place on the lower third section of your oven. Bake 10 minutes, shake the pan to turn; bake 5 additional minutes. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with grated cheese.

Recipe inspired and modified from an original recipe at http://www.skinnytaste.com.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Valentine's Day Cards


I have been into card making lately. Here is the one I made for my husband for Valentine's Day.

  

Birthday Gifting


A few people in my life had monumental birthdays over the past few weeks. Here are a few of the gifts I made for them.

For my friend turning forty, a hand made "Old Fart" chalice and a 40 Sucks bottle.
For the cup I glued a Solo Cup on a glass candle stick. Wrapped it in beads and glamed it up :)


For my mother turning 60, a bound book full of her favorite things.