Fried Foods for Lunch

Frying is about one of my least favorite things to cook and fried foods, for the most part, don’t excite me but today I woke up wanting fried pork cutlets for lunch. We’re still experimenting with the okara leftover from making tofu so I made okara/potato fritters. I figured if I’m going to make a greasy mess, I might as well have two skillets going at the same time.

Lunch

Lunch

It was worth the mess I suppose!

 

Soybeans, Tofu, Okara

My second batch of tofu has been made. I was so surprised when Vince asked when I was going to make tofu again! He loves it. I’m not going to say eating tofu is healthy or unhealthy. I always go back to this article in Bon Appetit, which makes me smile. So much of life, especially what we eat, is that way. Good for you one day . . going to send you to an early grave the next.

Back to my tofu story . .

Tofu

Tofu

There’s my perfect slab of tofu! It ended up being 9.5 oz.

Tofu

Tofu

The slab is flipped over and will drain on paper towels til I’m ready to use it.

The “leftovers” from making tofu is called okara. It’s basically ground up soybeans that have been boiled and the “milk” removed.

Okara

Okara

It’s edible and is said to have lots of health benefits too . . who knows?

The last time I made tofu (which was the first time), I knew I could save the okara but wasn’t sure what to do with it and ended up giving some of it to the chickens and then tossing the rest of it in the compost pile.

This time I saved it and have found several recipes that I really like. It has a bit of a nutty crunch. I added it to tuna.

Tuna Okara Salad

Tuna Okara Salad

Tuna Okara Salad

Tuna Okara Salad

That was a big hit!

Also, I spread some of it out and let it dry, mixed it with Panko, then used it as a coating for fried pork cutlets. Probably managed to wipe away any health benefits with the frying! Vince smoked some salmon and we like to take the leftovers and mix with cream cheese, pickle relish and make a spread. We added okara to that and it was good too.

We’re really enjoying making and eating tofu!

Shopping Habits

My idea of a fun day of shopping!

Shopping

Shopping

Soybeans, bulgur and pearl couscous.

Ground Lamb

Ground Lamb

Ground lamb can be a bit hard to find around here so when I find it, I buy it. 8 pounds of it should keep me making Mediterranean dishes for a while!

Quite a few stops and nothing but “not so normal” food items!