We gadget bloggers have it easy. With a capital E. When my sister Kalyn asked me if I'd publish a few posts she had prepared (while she was off painting Washington D.C. blue), I agreed. I even asked her if she'd mind if I did a post or two. How hard can the cooking blog thing be, right? Wrong! This is HARD. I tip my wooden spoons to every last food blogger on the planet. You all deserve a vacation. You all deserve a foot massage. And you all deserve a month off from cooking, and from doing the dishes. Make that two months. Seriously.
First of all how do you decide what to cook? I wondered what I could whip up that wouldn't cause Kalyn's low carb server not to crash. Cross toast off the list. And what could I cook that won't make me look like a...well...a gadget blogger? Two hours. That's how long it took me decide on something. Add to that worrying about all kinds of things that would never even be on my radar and this cooking blog thing is about to swallow up my life. Here are some of the things I worried about: will the seeds that are popping out of the lemon as I squeeze it show up in the photo, or do I have to pick them out? Will all those knife marks in my cutting board show up or should I avoid the cutting board all together? Do I have to eat what I cook? And like it? If I don't have Cumin can I just toss in a little of something that starts with a "C" and call it good? And lastly, all day I was kicking myself for not paying better attention to the last few episodes of Top Chef. Note to self: never complain about writing a gadget blog again. Never. So what did I choose to cook?
Grilled Tofu Satay with Peanut Sauce.
I used extra firm organic Tofu. (I do live in Venice Beach after all.)
Here's what I marinated the tofu in:
And here's what I put in the peanut sauce:
Cumin (I actually found some. Probably from 1983)
Organic Peanut Butter
Lite coconut milk
Lemon juice (minus the seeds)
I'm sure I don't need to tell any of you how to put all this together, but just to prove I read Kalyn's blog and support all the talk about "eating local" as much as possible, I skewered the tofu with Lemon Grass stalks that I cut from my yard. Am I in the club? I should also admit that I just didn't feel like firing up the grill to grill the Tofu so I put them into my Panini maker. Worked like a charm.
Now if you'll excuse me I need to cleanse my palate so I'm off to write about a wireless receiver for streaming music files. I can't wait. But, before I do that I guess I should also admit that I also had dessert:
Sorry Kalyn. (I think I just heard her server crash.)