Tofu Tartare

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At the moment I am having a love hate relationship with Tofu, well maybe not really hate…. but maybe we’ve been hanging around together for too long without enough breaks and now I am beginning to see too many of its quirks. Nevertheless I can’t just dump something which has been so good to me for so many years just because some people are giving it a bad wrap.
I guess it’s up to me to give Tofu its place in my life, and yeah, if I have over done it all these years it’s not its fault! I was the one who went to the store and brought it home week after week, month after month and year after year, Tofu never knocked at my door.
Anyway as I gain perspective, control my compulsive “all or nothing” behavior and recover from “food fundamentalism”(my term for lack of common sense when it comes to foods based on fads, philosophies and ignorance) I am slowly gaining my bearings and appreciating the vast variety of all sorts of natural and high quality, unique foods available to us. A passage of a piece by one of my favorite food writers, Steve Gagne comes to mind:

“It really has nothing to do with good or bad for us until we bring our personal designer diet into the picture. It is then that we began to define a food as good or bad and began to remove it from or add it to our approved foods list. It is one thing to say you do not want to eat a chicken because you do not believe in eating animals but attempting to rationalize not eating a chicken because it is a bad or unhealthy food to eat is not only inaccurate, it is absurd. Alternatively, you might try to rationalize not eating chicken because you think you can get the same protein from other sources. This too is inaccurate. Sure, you can get protein from different sources but the chicken has its own unique profile of proteins and other nutrients that makes it a chicken and nothing else. No other food has the same profile of nutrition that a chicken has. The same goes for a cow or any source of plant protein. This in no way means one is better than the other as a food, just different. Comparative nutrition profiling is not only inaccurate; it can be misleading when trying to understand food energetics. The very purpose of studying food energetics is to get to know the uniqueness of each food not to debase that uniqueness by comparing some of its isolated nutrients to something else equally unique in its own way simply because it has some of the same nutrients.”

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400 grams tofu
4 tbs cooked chickpeas
1 clove of garlic
1/4 of a red bell pepper
chipotle( dried grated or in adobo, or some chili powder)
sea salt
4 tbs chia seeds
a bunch of fresh flat leaf parsley
coconut oil for frying

-blend everything with a hand blender except for the parsley, bell pepper and coconut oil
-add the bell pepper and parsley and stir after everything is blended
-heat 1 tbs coconut oil in a frying pan
-shape the tofu tartare with a ring or with your hand and place on the hot oil to brown on one side, the carefully turn it to brown on the other side

Date, Coconut, Pine Nut Sauce
3 tbs pine nuts
2 dates
1/4 cup coconut cream
juice of 1/2 lemon
a bit of water

-blend everything with the hand blender, but don’t let it become a puree, you should still detect small pieces of dates and maybe some nuts
-use about one tsp. per tartare
-garnish with parsley

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