Once upon a time, back when it felt safe enough to walk into Kmart, I bought one of their generic “slow cooker” books for $6 or whatever it was. I don’t own a slow cooker. But I really loved the simplicity of all the recipes, the minimal use of ingredients (allowing for your own creativity) and how quickly and simply the methods were worded. I like slow cooker cook books because they’re essentially just “one pot meals”! They don’t have to be cooked in a slow cooker. They don’t have to be cooked slowly at all. This took 20 minutes of simmering in a pot. Even a dish using tougher cuts of meat should take no longer than 2-3 hours. But tofu, chicken pieces, sausages… nothing should take longer than half an hour. These books make an excellent guide for ingredients and flavour combinations.
This here is like a sweet sticky hoisin tofu. So simple.
• 1kg firm tofu – pressed to remove excess water – cubed and fried in a little oil in a heavy based pan or pot on high heat for 2 mins
• add 1/2 cup hoisin sauce (I used GF), 4 tbsp brown sugar, 1/2 cup orange juice, 2 tbsp tomato paste, 4 tbsp soy sauce (I used GF), 2 tsp onion powder, 1 tsp garlic powder
• lower heat and simmer with lid on for 15mins
• remove lid and turn to heat to thicken sauce a little more before turning off heat
• garnish with 2 tbsp roasted sesame seeds, spring onions, coriander and a drizzle of sesame oil
I enjoyed mine with steamed broccolini, rice, my quick pickle kimchi & fresh chillies
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