Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Santa Fe, an Amazing Shop, and Tofu

Hey y'all!! :D

So last night, I was so hyper and took forever to fall asleep because I had so many ideas racing through my mind. Ideas for my own health improvements, for my dorm room in college.. 

and for the blog, of course!! 

First, a little more about Santa Fe. Man, I love Santa Fe. In my humble opinion, Santa Fe is the heart of New Mexico. A city full of art, culture, fashion, history, and the list can go on! 



Oh, and I LOVE MONSOONS!!

Randomly started raining while we were looking for parking!
Within the small amount of time we were in Santa Fe (unfortunately, we had to head back for home that day), we visited fun clothing shops, a pretty park, and my personal favorite: Oleaceae. A.k.a. the best sea salt, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar store you will ever set foot in!


It was truly fantastic to go there. It was a lovely shop, with the nicest shopkeeper. But the best part: there were samples for EVERYTHING!

Dark Chocolate Balsamic Vinegar - tasted like chocolate!
There were steel barrels like this lined up throughout the shop, and filled with all sorts of goodies. There were sweet oils, savory oils - there was even a mushroom olive oil, but my mom didn't like it. Oh well, it was worth a try. :-/
They also had a section for salts of all types: Hawaiian black lava sea salt, fresh salt from different lakes, Pink Himalayan Sea Salt, Chipotle Salt, and other fun flavors and varieties. And they were at decent prices! $6-8 for a small container of precious salt. ^_^ Of course, my favorite HAD to be the oddball. $20 for a small container. -___-

See that website on the container? *hint hint check it out! You won't be sorry.*

But doesn't the name sound so appealing?? No, not chocolate truffles. Truffles are a type of mushroom. Gourmet chefs seem to go gaga for it. Ever heard of truffle oil? Some people swear by it and love to drizzle a tiny amount into their scrambled eggs (or tofu) because it's just that flavorful.

Oh and it is. Well, I've never tried the oil, but the salt sure is good. Look at that crystal goodness:


Of course, you don't have to use this particular salt for the recipe, but it sure adds a new world of fantastic flavor to it. 

Here is some tofu:



Pretty, isn't it? Looks like cheese. Too bad it doesn't taste like cheese. :'( 
I've always been rather iffy about eating tofu. I'm not a huge fan of its strong, yet bland flavor (if that oxymoron even makes any sense). But I actually really enjoyed it after making this dish! And the extra plus: it's a fast recipe, and very versatile. Makes a great breakfast, lettuce wrap filling, taco filling, or side dish. I had it for dinner! It's also a great starter if you want to flavor it with curry, italian seasonings,  veggie chorizo, etc. :)


Quick and Tasty Tofu Scramble
Serves 2

In a hurry? Use a food processor to chop the veggies. Takes literally seconds - compare that to the 10-15 minutes it takes to chop everything by hand.

Ingredients
* 1 1/2 cups extra firm tofu, diced small
* 1/2 large tomato (1/2 cup), diced
* 1 cup zucchini, diced very small
* 1 tsp. coconut oil
* 1 Tbsp. Nutritional yeast 
* 1/2 tsp. turmeric (for color, so it's optional)
* A couple pinches of salt (I highly recommend Oleaceae's black truffle sea salt)
* Salt and pepper to taste

Directions
1) Heat the coconut oil in medium frying pan, then add tofu. Mix tofu until coated with oil.
2) Change heat to medium-low, partially cover pot, and simmer for 5 minutes.
3) Add tomatoes, cook 1 minute, then add zucchini and salt and lightly cook for a minute more. Remove from heat.
4) Put remaining seasonings in and mix well until tofu mixture is coated evenly.
5) Voila! Time to eat. 

If you want a SUPER mushroomy flavor but don't want to spend twenty dollars on salt, just add a couple of minced mushrooms to the tofu.

I hope you guys try out this recipe. It's extremely flavorful, and it's mom and dad approved! 

Tomorrow, I'm gonna talk a bit more about Santa Fe, especially the amazing raw restaurant I went to there. I will also be sharing another fast, amazing, fun recipe:

Can you guess what this creamy chocolate goodness is?? 

Bye bye for now. :)

Much love,

~ Natalyn






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