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Vegan Stir Fry Recipe: Fried Gluten with Vegetables Recipe

2011 has started very well for me (I returned to my home country of France last month and spent the holidays with my parents). Everything’s wonderful at home. There’s really only one thing getting me down. Last December, I received my first traffic ticket for not bringing my vehicle to a full stop at a stop sign. Now I'm taking full responsibility, but in my defense, I got distracted because there was a collision right in front of me. So now I have to take online traffic school to have the point removed from my driving record, which didn't give me much time to cook today. I know: excuses, excuses...

In honor of my traffic school test, here’s a description of today’s recipe in multiple choice question form:

I improvised a quick meal sautéing deep fried gluten, string beans, wood ear mushrooms, Japanese eggplants and a little kumquat marmalade:

  • A. Because I have to focus on my driving education
  • B. My husband Lulu and I have to shed all the weight we gained during our last trip in Paris
  • C. Deep fried gluten is delicious, even for a meat lover like me
  • D. All of the above (correct answer)

Drive safely everyone!


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Vegetable Honey Tofu Stir-Fry Recipe Recipe

While in Paris, my mother taught me a new trick for enhancing the flavor of vegetarian meals. She uses honey to caramelize tofu, then deglazes the dish with Maggi (or soy sauce). My parents aren't vegetarian but my mother used to cook a lot of vegetarian dishes for my grandparents who were. My husband Lulu was pleased to eat at my mom's because he got to discover new tofu dishes using these techniques. For this particular recipe, Mom and I sautéed some broccoli and bok choy along with tofu. Delicious!

Since I had to find the best honey available for this dish, it gave me another excuse to explore more Parisian open air markets. I found this wonderful creamy honey from a beekeeper who had come from the south of France to sell his wares. He was very passionate about his products. Lulu and I sampled several kinds, which were all fabulous. We got an absolutely delicious education in honey and brought many jars back with us.

raw honey recipe with picture


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Tofu Dessert in Ginger Syrup (Tau Hu Nuoc Duong) Recipe

Tàu hũ nước đường is a Vietnamese tofu dessert in ginger syrup. The texture of silken tofu is very similar to custard, but without the calories. I used store-bought silken tofu (see tips) and paired it with clementine ginger syrup. The early crop of clementines we harvested from our garden are not extremely sweet. They have a hint of tartness, which is just the way I like them! The zest is so fragrant I had to use it in this syrup.

I have made my own firm tofu before, which is quite easy, but I've always wanted to make silken tofu. After a few searches, I stumbled upon Wendy's beautiful Chinese food blog, where she shares her technique on how to make silken tofu, using Glucono-Delta-Lactone (GDL). I haven't tried her recipe yet, because I first have to find this ingredient. I can't wait to make my own silken tofu; I will definitely keep you posted.


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Pan-Fried Turbot Fish Recipe Recipe

Pan-Fried Turbot Fish Recipe

12.02.10 by Jackie

Turbot fish is a flat, bright white-fleshed fish that is well-known in both French and Asian cuisine. The flavor is quite delicate and is perfect if you're looking for a light meal.

I dredged the fish in a little flour and pan-fried it until the surface is slightly crispy. The only trick to preparing turbot is to carefully watch the cooking time. You don’t want the fish to be too dry and over-cooked.

I decided to serve it with fish sauce. You could also accompany the fish with spicy Indian-style salsa (called kachumbar) or a French sauce I often love to pair with fish, called sauce au raifort (horseradish).


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Vietnamese Ginger Shrimp Stir Fry Recipe Recipe

Tôm xào gừng is Vietnamese-style sautéed shrimp. As a little girl, Maman would make this dish very often whenever she needed to throw together a quick dinner, because shrimp cooks very fast. This particular preparation has touches of sweet and spicy in the form of ginger, lychee and chile. The ginger is used both grated and cut into small matchsticks. This is not traditional, but I also added lychee jam that I had in my pantry and finished the cooking by flambing the shrimp in lychee-flavored liqueur.

Cooking shrimp is always a delicate task. First, you have to make sure the shrimp are extremely fresh. Then, the cooking time has to be precise so as not to over-cook, otherwise they become horrible and very chewy. Lastly, the flavors that are paired with the shrimp should season them well without concealing the freshness of the seafood. This recipe definitely hits the mark, but don't just take my word for it!


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