I’m a day late debuting my first contribution to VeganMoFo (for Nanowrimo month), but I did technically finish writing a Stumptown Vegans review for Pok Pok yesterday – so let’s count that. And by let’s I mean…the vegan writing gods. Or the PPK, who started this.
Today, I’m going to talk about tofu scrambles. Blab is more appropriate, but it’s your choice to read or not. If you stop by my blog on a regular basis, you have probably noticed them on a regular basis (and order them out as well).The truth is, I don’t think they’re awesome – I think they’re gooooood and convenient – that’s why I make them. I tend to crave salty over sweet, so give me a tofu scramble, not pancakes.
Random leftover veggies? Check. Half a block of tofu scramble I decided to maybe marinade in tamari? Check. Garlic and spices. Check. There ya go. Now that Thomas has decided he likes them as well, I’m even more apt to make it.
a recent homemade tofu scramble in my life.
On to lists.
What I like..
- The color!
- Pairs perfectly with toast.
- Gets even better with hot sauce (thank you, chihlua)
- Again, home for forgotten, leftover and random veggies.
- Ver-sa-tile at home and often in restaurants
- Because it can look like crap and still taste good.
My favorite ingredients to scramble:
- Garlic - roasted garlic, too
- Freshly ground pepper
- Fresh, firm tofu
- Fresh or Roasted bell pepper
- Black beans
- Veggie sausage
- White mushrooms
- Black or kalamata olives
- Fresh basil
The first tofu scramble I made myself was from a Fantastic Foods Tofu Scrambler packet, that I made with mashed silken tofu and added a slice of soy cheez too. I never finished the packet and definitely didn’t finish my bowl. Sadly, it was one of the first breakfasts I made living out of the dorms, in my own rented room, to boot. My tastebuds have greatly changed since I was 20, so who knows if I'd like it now.
My first positive experience with “vegan eggs” was at the now defunct Country Life Vegetarian Buffet in Boston. I think it was all tofu, no vegetables – and the large yellow pieces were greatness. I only ate at the weekend buffet a couple times, but clearly I still remember it. Half a plate of “eggs” and a small blueberry muffin that even non-vegans enjoyed. It didn’t compare to their amazing vegan taco buffet, but that’s impossible to do.
I then tackled the PPK recipe for tofu scramble a couple times, and tried random ones at Vegweb.com. Did you know they have 2 pages of Tofu Scramble and “Egg” Recipes?
The first homemade one I genuinely liked had Lightlife Fakin Bacon added to it, but what are you gonna do? Now with confidence, some cooking ability and Portland produce in my life I make them frequently, as you know & play with spices, veggies, tofu type and have been adding veggie sausage (ala Junior’s) anyhow. Long story short, I like salty things.
Next up, tofu scramble hot pockets! Maybe. But not creepy.
The awesome superhero scramble plate at Junior's.
The end. See you tomorrow if you can catch up!