Monthly Archives: February 2013

Meatless Monday recipe

Jamie Oliver’s Tofu Stir-fry with Noodle Salad


7 ounces or about 200 grams firm tofu
3 ounces shitake mushrooms, which is nearly 3 cups
1 green teabag
1 small carrot
5 ounces thin dried egg noodles
4 ounces bean sprouts
6 radishes
1 small heart of romaine lettuce
1 small red onion
1 lemon
1 inch fresh root ginger
1 small bunch fresh mint
1 small bunch fresh cilantro
Asian sesame oil
Soy sauce, preferable low-sodium
Vegetable oil
Sea salt

  1. Fill the kettle and put it on to boil. Preheat your oven to the lowest possible setting and place your bowls in the oven to warm.
  2. Fill a saucepan with the boiling water from the kettle and place it on high heat. Once boiling, add a pinch of salt, the noodles and the teabag.
  3. Separate the noodles with tongs so they don’t stick together, and cook according to package instructions. Meanwhile…
  4. Peel your carrot with a vegetable peeler, then shave the carrot into ribbons. Place in a mixing bowl and add the beansprouts (or alternative).
  5. Separate the lettuce leaves, wash and spin dry. Trim and slice the radishes as thinly as possible and put aside. Place a wok or other large skillet on medium heat.
  6. Peel and finely slice the red onion. Thickly slice the mushrooms. Peel and chop the ginger. Pick the mint and cilantro leaves and roughly chop them. Discard the stalks.
  7. When the noodles are cooked, drain in a colander and run under cold running water to cool. Discard the teabag, then tip the noodles into a separate mixing bowl.
  8. Toss the noodles with a little sesame oil and a splash of soy sauce. Cut the lemon in half.
  9. Add a splash of vegetable oil to the hot wok with the sliced onions, ginger and mushrooms and stir-fry until just beginning to soften.
  10. Break the tofu into bite-sized chunks directly into the wok and stir-fry carefully until warm through.
  11. Add a splash of soy sauce and a squeeze of lemon juice, then take off the heat.
  12. Get your warmed bowls out of the oven and divide the noodles between them.
  13. Add a squeeze of lemon and a splash of sesame oil to the bowl of sliced veg and toss together. Divide this between the bowls, piling it on top of the noodles.
  14. Spoon the tofu stir-fry over the top and scatter with your chopped cilantro and mint. Finish with a final squeeze of lemon and serve.


Brussels Sprout and Mushroom Ragout with Herb Dumplings

From Deborah Madison’s Vegetarian Suppers
Serves 4


Mushroom stock
4 tsp olive oil
2 medium to large onions, sliced about ½ inch thick
¾ pound mushrooms, rinsed and sliced thickly on a diagonal
3 tbsp chopped parsley
1 tbsp chopped tarragon
1 plump garlic clove, minced
½ large lemon
1 pound Brussels sprouts, halved or quartered

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp sea salt
¾ cup milk, heated with 3 tbsp butter or oil
3 tbsp chopped parsley and tarragon
1 egg

1. Make the mushroom stock. (You’ll need about 4 cups.) Once it’s simmering, bring a pot of water to a boil for the Brussels sprouts.

2. Heat the oil in a wide, non-stick skillet. Add the onions and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until aromatic and nicely coloured, about 12 minutes.

3. Once the onions are a rich colour, raise the heat to high and add the mushrooms, herbs and garlic to the pan.  Squeeze the lemon juice over the mushrooms and sauté until the mushrooms are browned in places, 5 to 7 minutes, then reduce the heat to low.

4. Add a tsp of salt to the boiling water, then the Brussels sprouts along with any loose leaves.. Boil until nearly tender, 4 to 6 minutes, depending on size. Check by piercing them with a paring knife. Drain, then add them to the pan and pour in the mushroom stock. At this point you can turn off the heat and let the vegetables stand until you’re ready to make the dumplings.

5. For the dumplings, mix the flour with the baking powder and salt. Pour in the milk, herbs and egg and stir quickly together with a fork. Add the dumpling batter by spoonfuls to the ragout, making 12 small dumplings. You’ll have extra batter, but don’t use it or the dish will be too bready. (It’s hard to make the batter in smaller amounts.) Cover the pan with tented foil, bring everything to a simmer, and cook for 10 minutes.  Serve in soup plates, with 3 dumplings in each bowl.

Salad for protein

As there is little protein in this ragout, you may want to serve with a simple salad of canned lentils or chickpeas or both, rinsed and placed in a bowl with some chopped green onions and grated carrots for colour. Toss with a Curry Vinaigrette, which you can make by mixing equal parts mayo and olive oil, 2 tsp curry powder, a tbsp. of fresh lemon juice and some chopped cilantro if you have any, or parsley.