Sunday, May 5, 2013

Creamy Tofu Spread with Strawberries and Chives

Tofu is tasty. Eat it.

Lately I have been trying, searching my brain for something to write about. So bear with me, I'm probably just gonna spout off some stuff, totally rando.
I am so envious of those bloggers who constantly have new material to bring all with pretty Photoshopped pictures, witty stories and recipes. All the time. More than weekly. It's kind of insane.

T tells me, "Mariel, are the people who post multiple times a week going to school? Do they work full-time? Are they starting a business with a gig every weekend and classes to develop and teach?" This is when I say, probably not, but their blog is their full-time job and everyone's journey is different, right? I have a shit-ton of things going on and it leaves my little blog a little lonely. 

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When I attend an event that I have also been asked to cater dessert for and then I see each little plate is cleaned off, I feel amazing. Because not only did I make dessert, get it there on time with food in perfect condition, and set it up perfectly because I am a professional, I also have to wear a dress and do my hair and its kind of exhausting. But this is when I can feel proud of myself. I did it. Planned, prepped and executed.

You know what's awesome? When people say my dessert changed their life. I understand that the statement is wildly hyperbolic-BUT it is so gratifying. "I'm so glad you liked it", I say and then I give myself a little mental high-five. 

I'm really looking forward to my Summer Night Tastings. More on that, later (Winky-face)

Writer's block is terrible. Thoughts just bounce 'round and 'round...

Hey, want a recipe for a yummy, healthy snack? Here you go...

Strawberry and Tofu Crostini
This snack is packed with flavor, and color. It is a great springtime treat but it can also be made with other fruits like pears, apples, mangoes or tomatoes. Serve it with pita chips, celery and a handful of walnuts or almonds to make a tasty, savory snack. Makes 12

Tofu Spread
6oz. Silken Tofu
4oz. Neufatchel Cheese
1-2 Tbsp. Chives, chopped
In a food processor, blend the tofu and cheese until creamy and smooth.

Other ingredients
12 slices of Whole Wheat Baguette, sliced & toasted 1 pint of Strawberries, sliced 1/4” thick
1 Tablespoon of Balsamic Vinegar
1 Teaspoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Tablespoon of Chives, chopped
Fresh Cracked Black Pepper

Place crostini onto a platter, spread the tofu and cheese among 12 slices of baguette. Arrange strawberries on top. Drizzle the balsamic and the olive oil all over the crostinis and top with chopped chives. Finish with cracked black pepper.