Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Spinach Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette Topped with Pan Fried Anchovy Tofu

I think I have been cramping my own style, so to speak. Uugggh someone put that sentence out of its misery. 1) Cramping my style = gross; 2) So to speak = land o' cliches.

But anyway, the bottom line is (more business speak, good gravy!), my current self-proclaimed mandate that all the recipes on salty girl must come from my own head turns out to be pretty draconion. It's affecting what I'm cooking: or rather, what I'm not cooking. I love hunting for recipes, but the fun is definitely tempered if you know you'll never use the recipe.

Time to break free! I still aspire to keep creating recipes- it's one of my favorite things about cooking. In the beginning, I wasn't even aware of the convention of listing the ingredients in the order they are used in the recipe (makes sense). So, I've learned a lot from the process. But re-inventing the wheel (hello, it's still cliche day on planet salt) isn't rewarding, so I'm giving my self permission to go back to cooking other people's recipes once in a while.

This recipe is an original (as far as I know). It was eaten after a fairly hideous 60 mile bike ride. Pain! Joy! You get the picture.

Spinach Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette Topped with Pan Fried Anchovy Tofu

Ingredients: (Tofu)

1 + 1 TB olive oil
salt and pepper
2 blocks drained extra-firm tofu, sliced into thirds, and then thirds again
1/2 white onion, chopped
5 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tin anchovies, with oil (the kind wrapped around a caper if you can find it)
splash of lemon juice

Ingredients: ( Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing)

Juice of 1 lemon
2 TB olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
10 oz fresh baby spinach
Lemon wedges


In a large skillet, heat 1TB oil over medium-high heat. Pat tofu with paper towel to remove any remaining water before placing in skillet. Season both sides of tofu with salt and pepper. Pan fry tofu on all sides, until brown, about 10 minutes. Set aside.
Add remaining oil to skillet, and heat over medium heat. Add onions and garlic and sautee until soft. Add anchovies to mixture, and cook until softened, about 3-5 minutes. Remove skillet from heat, and add tofu. Combine ingredients, and add a splash of lemon. Season to taste. Set aside.
Combine ingredients for vinaigrette, and toss spinach in dressing. Serve spinach topped with tofu and a wedge of lemon. Serves 4.

1 comment:

blighter said...

I like the synergies I'm seeing with the tofu and anchovies. I do think, though, that we really need to be effectively contextualizing the 60-mile bike ride if we don't wnat it to be a drag on a going-forward basis.

We need to reach for the stars and not be afraid to let it ride on the big gamble. After all, nothing ventured, nothing gained and you've got be in it to win it.

Darn. If I weren't hungover I just know I could string together more idiotically cliched phrases and buzzwords.