Monday, September 13, 2010

Thai Coconut Soup with Tofu... and Do-It-Yourself California Rolls

Thai Coconut Soup With Tofu:
1 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk
3 cups vegetable broth
1 stalk lemongrass, crushed into several pieces
2 tsps ginger, minced
2 lime leaves, torn
1-2 tsp agave
1 tbsp shoyu
2 tsp red curry paste
red pepper flakes (optional)
firm tofu, pressed (to remove water) and cubed
1 red bell pepper, sliced
sliced mushrooms
1 tbsp ume vinegar
fresh lime juice
S&P

Bring milk, broth, lemongrass, ginger, lime leaves, agave, shoyu, curry paste, pepper flakes, and tofu to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 20 minutes.  Add bell pepper and mushrooms, and simmer covered until just tender. Add ume vinegar, salt and pepper, and a good squeeze of fresh lime juice. Serve with lime wedges.

We also had a tray of "roll-it-yourself" california roll ingredients.  I surprised Chris with his beloved fake crab sticks.  Which I do realize are made from fish and who knows what else - but he was so excited to see the package!  We aren't perfect vegans around here.

I love making do-it-yourself platters and appetizers for dinner.  Anything to spice things up and make food fun!
I have sushi rice, but we used brown rice and it worked just fine for our little amateur rolls. :)

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