07 November 2011
Even though I missed the first of November - put that down to too much Halloween fun - I am attempting to post every day for the rest of the month, spurred on by the renewed energy I have found now that I have embraced the autumn. Part of this uncharacteristic vigour is a determination to attempt some of the numerous recipes I have cut out from magazines and stashed away. Today it was an Alice Hart recipe - soy braised tofu with butternut squash and spinach. I like squash. I like spinach. I like ginger and star anise and soy sauce. It looked promising. I followed the recipe slavishly and the finished dish looked not unlike the magazine photo. I stood on a kitchen chair to avoid the rising steam and took a photo before I sat down to eat. At which point I discovered that I still do not like tofu. Maybe I need to take Nigel Slater's advice and try again some day, though not for a good while I suspect.
So, what's with the photo? Well those are from my first crop of Highland Burgundy, a small crop and with a few losses to a fungal growth in the sack, but in other ways quite a success. Purple when cut, sweet when cooked, they keep their colour and taste much, much better than tofu. Such a lovely name too. I'll add a link to the recipe I used...when I manage to find it again.