Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Carrot fries. Hmmmm.

He is not going to be in class early today. Which means I don't have to scramble to get out of the house by 12. Which meant that when I woke up at 10.30 this morning, I had plenty of time to make breakfast. And make breakfast, I did. I love fry-ups. The really greasy, starchy, heart-attack inducing kind of fry-ups. The kinds which Dr. Atkins will look at and faint because of the amount of carbs present. But carbs are not evil. Carbs are my best friend. Well, not just because I'll get all shaky and cold if I don't eat enough carbs, but because they're just so damned good. And an essential carb in every fry-up I make, is fries. Golden, crispy, potato fries. The secret to making decent fries is to boil the potato whole. See, the potato gets boiled and so it's all soft and mealy. Then you slice it into fries and pop it in the pan or oven, coat it with some olive oil and let it brown. It's easier and well, healthier than having to fill the whole damned deep fryer full of oil. And maybe safer as well morning I made not only potato fries but carrot fries as well. You ca make fries out of any root vegetable. As long as it can hold up to frying, it can be made into a fry. Hee.

Serves 1(I know, I know. But hey, I live all by my lonesome.)
1 egg(unless you prefer tofu scramble, then substitute as you wish)
4 very thin slices of firm tofu, patted dry on paper towel. Store the remaining tofu in a container of water in the fridge.
1 teaspoon light soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke(Cold Storage sells that stuff.)
Any regular old cooking oil, NOT olive oil.

Mix soy sauce and liquid smoke on a plate. Add another teaspoonful of water and stir it properly. Coat tofu in that mixture and let it sit in there for about 10-15 minutes. Heat the oil in a frying pan. Fry the egg or tofu scramble. Put on a plate. Add more oil to the pan and put the slices of tofu into the pan. If there's any more marinade in the plate, feel free to sprinkle it on the TOFU, not the oil. Fry the tofu until it is crispy and brown and sort of resembles bacon. You've just made tofu bacon.

Vegetable fries
1 potato, scrubbed clean.
1 Carrot, peeled.
Any other damned vegetable you like.
Olive oil
salt and black pepper
Italian seasoning or other seasoning mixes of your choice.

Peel the potato if you don't like potato skin, otherwise, scrub it very well and leave the skin be. Put the potato into a pot of water and bring it to a boil. Let it boil for about 10 minutes or until a fork can pierce the potato easily. Drain the potato and slice into thick fries. Slice the carrots into fries as well. Put the carrots in the pan and drizzle olive oil over it and toss to coat. Let it sit on the fire for a while before adding the potatoes and tossing with some more oil. Cook, stirring and doing whatever with the spatula until everything is nice and brown and crispy. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and seasonings.

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