You might have noticed it’s been rather quiet around here. Sometimes it’s good to just zone out a little, you know? I find inspiration comes in waves, and lately there’s been nary a whisker of it. And by now I know my writing style well enough to not force it if there’s nothing there, or what will come out of my keyboard will inevitably as boring and awkward as a spotty teenager on their first date. Rather than put you through the excruciating clumsiness of the bottom of my brain barrel, I’ve been going to the park, reading books, crocheting extremely late birthday presents and scrubbing the loo. My house has never been so clean!
The other upside of of my aversion to all things internet has been my efforts in the kitchen – so many good things rolling out of there on the daily! So much so I’ve had to shove it all in the freezer because we just can’t eat it fast enough. Except this sandwich. You wouldn’t want to be freezing this even if it WAS possible.
I had a little leftover Soyco Malaysian Peanut Satay Tofu from the night before’s stir fry, and I decided it would be a perfect addition to fresh, crunchy cucumber, carrot and coriander on a roll, just like a banh mi. I was right. I was so right. I like how the Soyco tofu is thin, and has had time to soak up all the delicious marinade, so it’s less tofu and more flavour. It makes it great to have cold straight out of the packet, or you can grill it a little, like I did. Next time, though, I will be making this unbelievable tofu sandwich, as I’ve read a lot of tofu recipes in my time and not been as excited as I was when I read that.
So for your banh mi, go right ahead and slap some mayonnaise (vegan mayo is great on this!) on the bottom of a baguette or long roll. Top with sliced cucumber, your grilled marinated tofu (I’m trying the thai flavour soon), grated carrot and coriander. Maybe a little sriracha if you’re into that sort of thing (I am). Maybe a squeeze of lime – even a nuoc cham-style sauce if you’ve got it. Eat. Be happy.
And if you see my motivation anywhere, send it on home, would you? it’s dinner’s getting cold.