This amazing brunch was a joint effort between Shaun and myself.
Doesn't it look lovely? (If I do say so myself!)
Shaun had been wanting to copy a particular "breakfast sausage" -style tofu that's his absolute favorite menu item at "Hillside Quickie", a vegan Southern/soul food restaurant near here. The place is AMAZING but we just can't go out for breakfast every day...
I think we came pretty darn close to their recipe though!!!
No specific amounts yet, it's still a work-in-progress, but the method we used was:
- Freeze firm tofu.
- Thaw, drain and press.
- Slice into thick slabs.
- Marinate in soy sauce, liquid smoke, red wine, and a bunch of other spices and things...
- Fry until crisp in a well-oiled HOT pan.
- Top with gravy*.
- Enjoy! (Oh, some toast is good too).
I don't get the "breakfast sausage" similarity quite so much, but it's deliciously juicy, smoky, chewy, fried...pretty amazing stuff!
So yeah.... that was brunch. Fall-off-your-chair sort of delicious.
The next day we went to Kokeb Ethiopian Restaurant with fellow vegan friends from Seattle.
Ethiopian is truly a dining experience everyone needs to have. Lots of restaurants here in Seattle, but none in Albuquerque, (where Shaun lives) so what better reason to go?
You can read about it on their website. Lots of vegetarian choices too!!
Not only that, but I got to hold the cutest baby in Seattle... or Washington... maybe the world. (He's vegan too, how awesome is that?).