Sunday, March 26, 2006

mango mango

Saturday night was 'date night' and Thomas and I rented a movie and made dinner together. I've been eyeing the Mango-Ginger Tofu from VWAV, and earlier in the day was extremely fortunate to find mangoes 2 for $1. How could I not make it?
Chopped mangoes (2) being sauteed with garlic, ginger and peanut oil.We decided to cut the cooking time in half and fry instead of bake, plus it was 'date night' and well yeah we went the fried route ; ) Fried tofu cooking with sliced mango and red peppers. I've never been so patient frying tofu, and this Vitasoy firm tofu was excellent to deal with on top of that. I marinded the tofu for 10-15 minutes in a very small amount of agave nectar and braggs, and fried in canola oil (eh to that). We fried an entire block of fu, and have quite a good amount of leftovers in the fridge.
We also fried 'chicken nuggets' with mango and peppers for Thomas' share that evening.

Mango sauce, after being slightly pureed in the blender. The recipe called for refrigerating at least an hour before use, but that didn't happen. It was still sweet and zesty - I thought it was pretty good, andThomas really enjoyed it. I liked the multi-step dinner arrangement, and I'm certainly proud of the joint effort.

  • We're both not fans of a lot of ginger, so REALLY knocked down what was called for - we used a teaspoon instead of a 1/4 cup of fresh ginger. I first made the base (jalapeno, ginger and garlic in peanut oil) with 1/8 cup of ginger, and we both couldn't handle it.
  • Thomas is also not a spicy fan, so we only put in half a jalapeno as opposed to a whole one. I used hot sauce on my portion, though. We're a picky couple, but I like knowing what I do (coconut) and do not(onions, cilantro) like.
Thomas took a picture of his boiling water for the side of broccoli, but yeah he definitely helped more than he's letting on ~

We both agreed that brown rice would go well for a side (and I'm usually the one insisting on it) but we forgot to put in on so we made white rice, since it only takes 20 minutes as opposed to 40, at least in my rice maker. The sauce was ladled on to the fried-ness (as opposed to baked in, per VWAV) and served with a side of broccoli.

Close up on the tofu!
My dinner plate, with squiggles of hot sauce:


KaiVegan said...

Wow! The title itself caught my attention. I had to laugh when I read about the rice because I don't know how many times we've ended up with couscous, potatoes or rice pilaf just because I would forget to make the brown rice ahead of dinner.

I finally freed that bottle of mango dressing from the fridge. Store bought dressings leave much to be desired. I'll take that sauce of yours anytime!

And your plate? I'd gladly take that for dinner! Not the plate, I don't eat that, but everything in it!

Fiber said...

Sounds fantastic. Unfortunately, mango is another one of those fruits I'm deathly allergic to. But I would kill to be able to eat one.

sarchan said...

Looks delicious. I finally had to relinquish the copy of VwaV that I had borrowed from the library, and am now going through withdrawal :)

Nancy said...

Yum - I love mango and I especially like it mixed with something spicy. I love how you guys compromise and end up with a dinner you each like. At our house, cooking for four, it's my way or the highway ;-) or PB&J. Nice looking dinner plate you got there!

Wiebke said...

mmmmmmmmh, that looks so good!
i am a ginger fan, so that sounds really yummy, plus mango sauce! i always put that on my falafel instead of the sesame sauce. so good...

Chris said...

Looks awesome! I've been eyeing that recipe. I'll have to be on the lookout for cheap mangoes...

Harmonia said...

I just bought a mango last night! I spent $1.50 though! On one! I just really wanted one! This looks so good. I was thinking of just simply eating mine though.

I answered your questions on my blog just now. I hope to post more this week! Hopefully!


vegancore said...

That looks awesome and I don't even like tofu. Mmm, mangos.

Vicki said...

That food looks incredible! Whata great deal on the mangos...and in my best Homer Simpson voice "MMMmmmmm, mangos." Love the swirl of sauce too!

jess (of Get Sconed!) said...

Kai- Thank you, and I appreciate your understanding with the white rice woes ; ) The sauce was good- it would have been great had I not left out so much ginger and half a jalapeno, but still good.

fiber- Sorry to hear that, at least you don't have to peel the darn things?

Sarchan- I have to give up my copy of The Everyday Vegan and Candle Cafe cookbook soon as well to the library. I really need to buy them.

Nancy- I think I'd go nuts splitting meals into four likes/dislikes- I dig the your mantra! I often cook just for me, but I see my boyfriend so sparingly that when we actually make a meal together, there's certainly compromise.

weibke- that's an interesting idea with ginger on falafel, I'll stick to tahini for now though, I looooove it.

Chris- I look forward to you guys giving it a try!

Harmonia- I bought a couple just 'to eat' too ; )

Vegancore- thank you~~

Vicki- I'm honored by Homer's praise.

Harmonia said...

Happy Midweek Munchies!

Maria said...

Fancy dinner plate. I love it :)

It's sad you decided to significantly better you cooking after leaving Boston. I say "significantly" because I still remember the strange tomato pasta you fed me. Some might say it was one too many malt liqours that killed me that night, but it's more fun to think you wanted to poison me... in some twisted way I think you were trying to keep Vin Diesel for yourself.

matt said...

Ginger, mango and peppers...I'm cold sold.

amygeekgrl said...

oooh, what a great idea. i never thought of cooking with mango for some reason but this looks delicious. :)

i really need to gather up some new recipes. mine all feel so stagnant.

jess (of Get Sconed!) said...

Maria - ; ) ; ) ; ) ; )

Matt- Try it & enjoy! Definitely spice it up, too.

Amy- thank you. I know what you mean regarding recipes, I've been staring at cookbooks trying to come out of that from a week or two back myself : )

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