Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Southern Fried Equinox

Happy Autumn! Today marks the first day of fall, and though I'm sad to see summer go, I'm growing more and more comfortable with the thought of warm hoodies, turning leaves, and pumpkins galore.

Apparently, my body is adjusting to the new season as well — I woke up with a sore throat, stuffy head, and lots of snot (ick!). At first, I was certain I was dying of the swine flu, but my mom reassured me that my lack of a fever was a good sign. I'm feeling a bit better now, but that may just be all the cold medicine.

Despite battling the sickies, I couldn't resist cooking a delicious meal to celebrate the Autumn Equinox (also known as Mabon, the traditional celebration of the second harvest). I whipped up this Southern Fried Tofu with Roasted Beets and Whipped Garlic Taters & Gravy:

The tofu is another recipe from my upcoming cookbook (fyi for those who've asked — there's no date set yet, but I'm aiming for some time in 2010). It's beer-battered and deep-friend, just the way tofu should be.

On the side, I whipped some boiled Yukon Gold potatoes and roasted garlic in the Kitchenaid. Then I topped them with Road's End Organics Golden Gravy.

The locally-grown beets were tossed with a little olive oil, salt, and maple syrup and roasted in a 400 degree oven for about 35 minutes. The perfect heavy meal to welcome autumn and say sayonara to summer.

23 comments:

Laura said...

girl, you know how to rock the tofu the right way!! loooove that beer battering...i'm thinking of making the chik'n and waffle tester recipe again...i gotta have it!!

nora said...

that all sounds delish! i really only have mashed potatoes at thanksgiving, it's very sad.

feel better! i was sick last wk, it sucks!! vegans get better faster though b/c we eat so many vitamins and antioxidants!! but you know that. ;)

T said...

Eating tons of garlic is one of the best ways to fend off the sickies! I would keep it coming. Hope you feel better!

That dinner looks absolutely perfect to me, but especially the beets. Now that its fall I really need to get back into my beet obsession.

The Voracious Vegan said...

I think we might be tastebud twins. Everything you make looks EXACTLY like something I would make for myself....if only I had your soon to be cookbook! You are so right, beer battered and deep fried is the way tofu was meant to be! I have never tried to roast beets, can you believe it? They are one of my favorite foods so I'll have to give it a try.

Knit-Picky Veganista said...

If that isn't a Plate of Vegan Comfort, then I don't know what is! I really love your creativity with combining colors, textures, & nutrition. A way cool meal to greet Autumn, too...and, a lovely photo/blog to view just before I hit the road for Memphis - Woo Hoo!!! Film at 11.

pixiepine said...

Yay! Happy Fall!

Jen said...

i had some serious blog catching up to do! yay for dinner parties, southern fried goodness, vegan omelettes, and cornbread pizza. sounds really good. wish you were here cookin' for me since i've lacked ambition to do anything in the kitchen lately.

xo jewy!

ps i posted about the GUMBO!

thedalyn said...

Thank goodness that 2010 is right around the corner!

The Ordinary Vegetarian said...

i need some roasted beets in my life, IMMEDIATELY! thanks for the sweet idea

Mary said...

I would like some of that tofu, please.

A said...

I can't wait to buy your book!!! HURRY UP 2010!!!!! I'll have to check out that gravy. I have sampled several vegan gravys but I had to add a ton of crap to make them taste good (like salt and garlic powder). I'll look for that one.
-A

Theresa said...

That does look like the perfect autumn meal. Yum!

aTxVegn said...

I'm sad to see the end of summer too, but there's a lot to be said for comforting fall foods. Your plate looks great!

a.bumblingbee said...

are these on the tester site? i'm drooling over that tofu!

jessy said...

hoodie season = my favorite season! wahoooooooo!

i'm sorry you're under the weather, Bianca - i hope you're 100% super soon!

beer battered 'fu, mashed taters, gravy, and roasted beets, too?!? that's one plate of gloriousness, fo 'sho! mmmmmmmm!

Jess of Veg Out! said...

Gimme that tofu!!!

Mihl said...

Glad to hear it was not swine flu!

VeggieGirl said...

THOSE BEETS!!! Stellar. And I loooove garlic :)

I'm trying to get over a nasty cold too - sending YOU good health vibes, dear Bianca!!

Susan + Sanjay said...

Love beets raw boiled or in soup. I have never thought to roast beets before. Are roast beets a drrty south thing? They look awesome and really bring some colour to the plate. We will have to try them out soon. :)

Glauce said...

Hey, just found your blog because of the Vegan MoFo and liked what I read! I'm adding your blog to mine ;)

Cyn said...

That looks so tasty! Yum. I love me some mashed potatoes.

Theresa said...

Hey Bianca, there is an explanation of the aussie version of bread biscuits here: http://brissievegan.blogspot.com/2009/09/striking-and-scones.html

The quick bread that you have along with dinner isn't really a popular item in these parts, which is a bit disappointing really!

And I'm still bilingual--I call the chewy ones "cookies" still and the crunchy ones "biscuits". It just seems to fit better, in my opinion!

Susan said...

We are coming in to spring/summer here, but that looks fantastic! I love cooking with the seasons, but am always up for a bit of seasonally inappropriate cooking when the mood strikes! ;)