1. a really easy “recipe”, can be done at any kitchen, you don’t need any special stuff for it.. perfect for having vegans over, when you’re not vegan yourself:
so here’s how to make it: Cut some peeled potatoes into cubes (about an inch should be fine), cut an onion (if you need help with this, look here: http://veganyumyum.com/2006/12/how-to-chop-an-onion-fancy-way/). Don’t worry about the size of the onion too much, in the end it’s puréed anyway. Next step: Put a bit of neutral oil (I use rape-oil, which also has omega-3-fatty-acids in it) into a casserole and add the onion. Let it roast for about one minute. Then add the potatoes, and let them roast as well, for about 2 minutes, don’t forget to stir them! (They shouldn’t become brown, just a bit pre-cooked) Next step: Add water (or better: vegetable stock). The potatoes should be covered with water. You have to let them boil for about 10-15 minutes now, depending on how small/big the potato-cubes are. Just taste a piece of potato every now and then to see if it’s alright. After that I add salt, pepper, thyme and lovage. Now purée it. If the consistence is too thick, just add a bit of water.
To give you a feeling of how much water for how many potatoes, I’ll give you approximate figures of what I used:
1 onion, 10 potatoes (medium-sized), about 2 litres of water/vegetable stock (~9 cups), 2 tablespoons thyme, salt, pepper
now for the mushroom part: cut some mushrooms (I used white mushrooms) and just let them roast in about 2 tbsps of oil.
Put the mushrooms on top of the soup (in the soup plates).
Very easy, looks nice, tastes well :)
2. a way of preparing tofu
“Tofu is so disgusting. It tastes like nothing, at least like nothing good.” Believe it or not, I totally agree with you! Tofu on it’s own, is not very delicious, I think. But ever tasted raw meat? Not everybody likes that either. It’s the herbs that are important. It can be quite difficult to make tofu really tasty, the best way to do this is with a marinade. Here’s one I used today, that turned out really fine: Take some thin slices of tofu and pour some olive oil over it. Then add thin stripes of tomato, a bit of chili powder (depending on whether you like hot food, or not), and some herbs you like. (for me it was: chervil, sage, lovage and rosemary) I like garlic, so I added a bit of that as well. Cover it with plastic wrap or something similar, and let the tofu soak in the marinade for at least an hour.
Afterwards I just fried the tofu, added some mushrooms and that’s it.
I know hardly any cooking-vocabulary in English, so if something’s not clear to you etc, please feel free to ask me, and I’ll try to explain it better!