I hope that you all gave last week’s blog post, Feminice or Feminazi a read and somehow internalised the writing into a cognisance of sorts. Have you noticed how gender roles are so rigid? How we are so conditioned into these roles that they don’t seem to be anything but natural?
Gender discourse, specifically of a feminist nature, is always controversial. Last week’s blog post did cause slight dissension but that makes me realise that this is why many of these issues exist to begin with. We are all entitled to our own opinions, our own degree of consciousness and as such; our presence within the world and what we would like to do with it, will differ. While this makes us all unique, unfortunately, it means issues like discrimination, bigotry and prejudice, and their subsequent controversy are inevitable.
The purpose of this blog is for me to project my hopes onto some kind of platform. My hope is to promote an ethical, clean, responsible and sustainable way of being. A conscious culture.
With that being said, I hope for this post to be of a lighter nature. Less about the disputation and more about the delish.
I by no means fancy myself as a chef, but that is the beauty of the recipe below. If I can make it, you can make it!
This vegan pokè bowl packs flavour and protein and is guilt free in more ways than one:
- No animals were harmed in the making of this meal.
- It is actually healthy!
- 1 Block of tofu (Must be extra firm as you want your tofu to be crispy)
- Roasted seaweed (I used the wasabi flavoured but whichever you prefer).
- Brown rice (This can be substituted for any grain, like quinoa, or if you would like a carb free meal, just add extra veg!)
- Frozen edamame
- Sesame seeds (I used a mixture of black and white but either will do)Spring onion
- Pickled ginger
- Soy sauce (Tamari if gluten free)
- Sesame oil
- Maple syrup
- Dry white wine
- Rice vinegar
- Tomato Paste
If you would like to add a carbohydrate to your pokè bowl, begin by boiling your grain of choice.
Then, slice your tofu into small cubes (I sliced my block of tofu into 4×3 pieces)
Heat two tablespoons of sesame oil in a pan over medium to high heat. Once the oil begins to “crackle” place your tofu into the pan.
You want the tofu to become golden, which means cooking for about 5 minutes on each side. In the meantime, make the sauce which will pack the punch (vegan protein makes you strong too!)
- 2 tablespoons of soya sauce
- 3 tablespoons of maple syrup
- 4 tablespoons of dry white wine
- 1 teaspoon of tomato paste
- 5 tablespoons of Sriracha (less if you don’t enjoy spicy food)
- 2 tablespoons of rice vinegar
While your tofu is going for gold, begin to chop your vegetables. Think small and neat! Set aside.
Once the tofu is brown on both sides, add your sauce to the pan.
Eventually, the sauce will reduce to a sticky consistency and you will be left with a sweet and sticky crispy tofu!
Set aside and steam your edamame (I bought mine still in the shell.)
I didn’t have a steamer, so I used a nifty trick and placed the edamame in a sieve and balanced it over a pot of boiling water.
While your edamame are steaming, place about a tablespoon of sesame seeds in a dry pan (1 tablespoon per bowl, so increase if you are making more than one.) Shake the pan every 30 seconds or so until the seeds begin to toast, they will begin to go a little golden. This takes about 3 minutes on low heat.
In between, you can begin with your easy dressing which will be drizzled over the final product:
- 2 tablespoons of soya sauce
- 1 tablespoon of Sriracha (again, less if you prefer less spicy)
- 1 teaspoon of sesame oil
- 2 teaspoon of agave nectar
You are now ready to prepare your pokè bowl, this is the fun part! Put your creative side to good use to add a whole new dimension of eating mindfully.
I like to place my ingredients in their own separate sections around the bowl. Your grain can be your base with your vegetables, edamame and crispy tofu arranged in segments above it.
Then, sprinkle your toasted sesame seeds and chopped spring onion on top, tear the roasted seaweed into rough squares and sprinkle like glitter!
Add some pickled ginger as a garnish for freshness.
Lastly, drizzle your dressing over your pokè bowl.
Photograph, Instagram and enjoy!
If food makes you as happy as it makes me, you are in for elation!
Until next time,
Photo credit goes to the amazing Ricky Want @wantricky