Way, way back in January I wrote a piece about Veganuary for HelloGiggles and the foods I still miss as a vegan, and how to get around that. There's a recipe for chili tofu scramble chimichangas but since then I've been experimenting a bit more and happened upon adding asparagus to the mix, which I think is a bit more summery than a fried burrito! So hop over to HelloGiggles for the more indulgent version of this recipe, or stick around for 3 of your five a day.
Now tofu is a tricky customer and I don't cook with it often because you do have to make a lot of effort with it to get it to taste nice (or pay for someone else to have done that). But with my parents coming to stay I decided to do something a bit different from my normal vegan fry-up. Although my Dad was the only person brave enough to put an order in straight-up for tofu scramble (actually I think I told him he was having it), by the time I'd made it all my Mum was ready to try a bit too. It is very tasty once you've added chilies, spices and vegetables into the mix, and a hearty supply of protein just where eggs would be for an omnivore. I still can't say I'm a total tofu convert, but it was nice to cook something up in the pan as an alternative to scrambled eggs on a bright sunny Sunday morning.
Makes enough for four
1 onion, chopped small
1 chili, chopped
1/2 tsp turmeric
Salt and pepper
Vegetable or sunflower oil
2 tomatoes, chopped into chunks
2 spring onions, chopped into chunks
1 pack of firm silken tofu
About 8-10 stems of asparagus, chopped into thirds
Fry the onions, chili, turmeric and a pinch of salt and pepper in a frying pan with some vegetable oil until the onions have turned translucent and you can smell the chilies. Add in the tomatoes and spring onions and combine with all the spices. Break in the tofu and use a fork to scramble it, mixing it in with all the other flavours.
In another pan, boil the asparagus in salt water until just soft and drain. Add into the scramble pan, stir one last time, and then serve on flat breads or toast with extra chili sauce or ketchup. Perfect with a cuppa.