My OWN Tofu

It’s no secret that food can transport you to another time.

Sitting around the table with family.
Eating that one amazing funnel cake at the county fair.
Baking with a grandmother during youth.

But what about food associations with not-so-great memories?

Because that’s my relationship with tofu. I’m no a hater. I’ve loved the stuff for years. Even though I’ve made some of the worst batches of tofu in the world, I still crave the good stuff.

But, here’s the sore spot. When I used to think, see or dream of tofu (in any form): a person popped into my brain. This was a person I don’t want to see. A former relationship that’s long dead in the water. It all kept going back to him.

I didn’t think I could make tofu as well as he did.
I didn’t think I had the same sort of patience as he did.
I knew I wasn’t him, and I knew I ate his tofu all the time.

The link to tofu in my brain was all wrapped up in that person, and I thought: This needs to stop. I needed to perform some serious image therapy on myself and stop linking food I loved with someone who made me feel such incredible pain. So the other night, I did just that. And the result was well worth it.

I made my own barbeque marinade.
I pressed my own tofu blocks.
I cut my own tofu the way I wanted.
I asked my own roommate to put this in the oven, so a meal would be ready upon arrival.

I prepared, crEATed and enjoyed this meal by myself in my own way. And it was the best tofu I’ve eaten in years.

Recipe: Change-of-Mind Marinade for Tofu

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7 Comments on “My OWN Tofu”

  1. Cathy
    August 4, 2011 at 5:34 pm #

    you are the new tofu queen! Out with the OLD – in with the fantastic, exciting, NEW……did I mention cute? :)

  2. August 8, 2011 at 4:25 pm #

    Hooray for you! :)

  3. Di
    August 8, 2011 at 5:06 pm #

    The marinade looks SO GOOD. From one tofu lover to another – wanna share your recipe? :)

  4. August 8, 2011 at 9:06 pm #

    Looks like you did a pretty amazing job to me! What a colorful and beautiful dish

  5. August 9, 2011 at 2:25 am #

    Yes. Nice reframe love

  6. kathy
    August 10, 2011 at 2:55 am #

    So maybe delurking after all…

    I really loved this post.

    Thanks.

  7. haya
    August 16, 2011 at 11:16 am #

    onward!

    that looks really delicious. i want to like tofu (and i do, enjoy the taste/texture), but every time i eat it, i end up with sharp tummy pains so i’ve been trying to stay away.

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