Tofu cakes and tofu fried rice: doing something new for the Cauldron recipe challenge

Cauldron plain tofu

Cauldron’s plain tofu can be used for a lot more than just stir fries although they are good too. (Image borrowed from the Cauldron website.)

Cauldron asked me if I wanted to take their recipe challenge: making one of their recipes and trying it out. I did!

Cauldron have a range of vegetarian products, from tofu, which we eat a lot – the plain in cooking and the marinated tofu pieces are a popular Friday night snack, dipped in sriracha hot sauce – to falafel and sausages. The falafel are a perfect fast food, and the sausages are great to add a different texture to bean stews.

The most recent addition to Cauldron’s range is Indian kofta, aromatic balls made from lentil, spinach and carrot. Unfortunately, my local supermarket didn’t stock them, so I went for tofu. Below,  I try out one of Cauldron’s recipes, and share one of my own.

I was quite inspired by the recipes on the Cauldron website and plan to try some of them, starting with the fried tofu in a sesame dressing. I like fried tofu from a restaurant but need to practice to perfect it. This recipe is a good start. For the challenge, I decided to try the Thai tofu cakes. I really like crab cakes and fish cakes and have played with the idea of finding a vegetarian alternative. These cakes do very nicely indeed.

Cauldron Thai tofu cakes
 
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Cauldron's Thai tofu cakes are easy to make and tasty. They make a good dinner paired with salad and a dip/dressing. (I recommend equal parts soy and lime juice, with garlic, ginger, coriander to taste and maybe a squeeze of sweet chilli sauce.) They also make a really nice starter.
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Recipe type: Main meal
Cuisine: Thai, vegetarian
Serves: 2-4
Ingredients
  • 250 tofu, grated or 'scrambled'.
  • 2 tbsp coriander, finely chopped.
  • Juice and zest of 1 lime.
  • 1 bunch spring onions, finely sliced into rounds.
  • 2tbsp Thai red curry paste.
  • 0.5-1 chilli, finely chopped.
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped or crushed.
  • 2cm piece ginger, peeled and chopped or grated.
  • Salt to taste.
  • 50g corn (or rice) flour.
  • Plain flour for forming and dusting.
  • 2tbsp oil for frying.
Instructions
  1. Mix the tofu, coriander, lime, spring onion, Thai curry paste, chilli, garlic, ginger and salt.
  2. Sprinkle the flour over the mixture and mix well.
  3. Take two heaped table spoons of the mixture and form cakes, about 5cm across. It should make 8-10, depending on how heaped your spoons are.
  4. If the mixture is sticky, sprinkle with a little flour (or, if you have them, panko bread crumbs).
  5. Chill in the fridge for half an hour.
  6. Pre-heat the over to 200C.
  7. Heat the oil in a frying pan and fry the cakes for a minute or two on each side - you want them golden, not dark brown.
  8. Place the cakes on a lightly greased (or non-stick) baking tray and cook in the over for 5-10 minutes until piping hot.

 

Fried rice is quick, tasty comfort food made with ingredients that I usually have to hand.

Fried rice is quick, tasty comfort food made with ingredients that I usually have to hand.

Tofu-fried rice
 
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Tofu-fried rice is a great way to use up left-over rice and is a quick, comforting dish that can be varied to suit any taste. I made it because I really wanted fried rice but didn't have eggs. In the fridge, I found tofu. It works just as well. This is not a traditional fried rice but takes inspiration from pad thai. I like it with generous amounts of lime juice and soy sauce.
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Recipe type: Main meal
Cuisine: Asian, vegetarian
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil.
  • 1 onion, finely sliced.
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped or crushed.
  • Two portions rice. Left-over is good, or cook some fresh, or use pre-boiled.
  • 1 packet of tofu, plain or smoked. (Smoked tofu adds great depth.)
  • Fresh ginger, as much as you like, grated or sliced.
  • 2-3 spring onions, sliced into rings (optional).
  • Handful of peanuts or cashews (optional).
  • Soy sauce.
  • Juice of one lime (optional).
  • Coriander, chopped, a good handful (optional).
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil in a wok or pan.
  2. Add the onion and soften.
  3. Add the sliced or crushed garlic and soften.
  4. Add the rice and stir for a minute or so.
  5. Squeeze the tofu between your fingers into the wok (or, if you don't like getting your hands dirty, scramble it with a fork).
  6. Add the ginger and stir.
  7. Add spring onions, nuts and soy sauce. Heat through.
  8. Just before serving, add lime juice and coriander.

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Cauldron’s products are sold in most well-stocked supermarkets and health food shops. You don’t always get the full range, but you should find the tofu and falafel easily.

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About Caroline von Schmalensee

Cooking, eating and drinking is fun as well as necessary. I do food for fun and I write for a living. Good food makes the world a more delicious and satisfying place. Good writing, meanwhile, can make the world a less confusing place.

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