Monday, September 23, 2013

MoFo Day 23: V'con Challenge

When I turned 25, I had a minor quarter-life crisis. I made a list of 30 fun/interesting/epic things I wanted to do before I turned 30. I’m 67% of the way to my 30th birthday (from 25) and I’m right on pace, having done 20 things (including Tough Mudder, going to India, climbing Wheeler Peak, a 21 day raw cleanse, camping in the UP in January). In the next year, I’m planning a trip to China, walking across the Grand Canyon, the One Day [bike] Ride Across Michigan, a weekend in Montreal and hopefully a few other things. One thing I initially put on the list was to make every recipe in Veganomicon. I’ve made pretty good progress so far, making about 100 recipes to date. I’ve only disliked two of them, one due to flavor preference, and one because I deviated too far from the recipe. V'con truly lives up to its subtitle of “The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook.” It has recipes for every occasion and menu suggestions (a necessity for a great cookbook, IMO). For MoFo, I chose the Tofu Florentine from the brunch section. I love vegan benedicts, much more than omni versions because they don’t have slimy poached eggs.
(Not pictured: tofu and English muffins)

The recipe calls for broiled tofu, a cheesy (nutritional yeast) sauce, steamed spinach, fried potatoes and a tomato garnish. I used the alternate suggestion of English muffins instead of potatoes, mostly so I didn’t have to cook them, but also because I like having the bread in there. I also halved the recipe for the sauce because I was low on nutritional yeast (I know, vegan faux pas). Well, I attempted to halve it, but accidentally added the full amount of mustard. It didn't ruin it, but the mustard taste was a bit overpowering. That's my fault, though, not the recipe's.

I invariably run late every morning, so it’s too time consuming for me to put it all together for breakfast. Plus, it would be difficult to eat in the car (yep, I’m that person). I packed it all up to take to work and eat for lunch during the week.

Update: Here it is, lookin' fancy on a paper plate in front of my keyboard:

This was really good. Not quite as good as the Tofu Renedict at Bouldin Creek Cafe in Austin, but still solid. I'm sure it would have been even better with the full amount of correctly-made sauce.


  1. Ooh, looks good! I love Veganomicon too - will have to try this one!