Monday, October 19, 2009

Vegan MoFo III: Paul Rudd Lovin'

Today is Movie Monday.  I was so very stoked about this one because I got to revamp my old deviled tofu recipe.  I think it's so much better now.  Super creamy and delicious.  But I'm jumping ahead.  Today's movie is 200 Cigarettes.  It's about a group of people who are meeting up at a New Year's party.   It takes place in NYC in 1981.  I love this movie because I always forget that I love it.  Once I start watching it, I can't help but laugh uncontrollably.  It's got a huge cast of really good actors/actresses.  Christina Ricci and Gaby Hoffmann doing their Jersey accents is so freaking funny.  It reminds me of my friend, Tara, because she used to quote Christina Ricci's character all the time.

This movie is when I realized how absolutely fantastic Paul Rudd is.  He is master of the awkward funny.  I seriously did not recognize him at first in Forgetting Sarah Marshall.  Gah!  I've loved this man since Clueless (which is tied with Fight Club for my favorite movie of all time).  I talk too much.

Party Like It's 1981 Menu
Don't Go Past Avenue A Deviled Tofu (vegan deviled eggs)
Better Than Crab Dip (Kmouse's spinach-artichoke dip)
The Virgin Hates It Hot Wingz (in theory, at least)

Uh oh!  Whose glasses are in my spinach-artichoke dip?

By the way, you should seriously make that dip.  It is so freaking delicious!  This will be at every party I throw from now until the end of time.  I was also going to make the DEOTS tempeh wingz (scroll down),  but I ran out of light and time.  I'm making them tomorrow and I'll be sure to take a picture.

Now onto the deviled tofu.  I originally had this brilliant (ha ha)  idea about making the egg yolk part out of beans.  The texture is very similar.  I even did a mofo entry about it last year and ever'thing.  I even did that google thing to make sure I wasn't jacking anybody's idea.  I only ever saw a handful of deviled tofu recipes and they all called for shaping tofu and using tofu as the yolk base.  That just wigs me out.  Tofu on tofu is just unnatural.  So here's my recipe (I used the vegsource boiling method for the tofu...sorta):

New and Improved Deviled Tofu
UPDATE: an updated recipe can be found here.
1 lb tofu, drained and cut into 24 squares
4 cups water
1/4 cup white vinegar
pinch of salt

15 oz can white beans, drained and rinsed
1/3 cup Vegenaise (or any vegan mayo)
1 Tbsp yellow mustard
pinch of turmeric (enough to make it yellow)

1/2 Tbsp dill relish
black salt (also known as kala namak) to taste
paprika (for garnish)

Bring water, vinegar, and salt to a boil.  Add tofu and boil for a couple of minutes.  You might need to do this in batches.  Carefully remove the tofu slices and drain.  Once they are drained and cool enough to handle, transfer to a platter and refrigerate.

Blend beans, Vegenaise, mustard, and turmeric in a food processor until smooth.  Combine bean mixture and dill relish in a mixing bowl.  Add black salt to taste.  Refrigerate until it thickens up, about 35 minutes.  Make sure you cover the bowl with something or your fridge will smell like eggs.  Blech.

Pipe bean mixture onto the tofu squares and sprinkle with paprika right before serving.

This stuff doesn't just have to go on tofu.  Pipe it into cherry tomatoes or even on bell pepper strips.  It's really good.  This is my idea of some good party food!

What's your favorite thing to serve at a party?


jessy said...

i totally fell in love with paul rudd in clueless, too - he IS awkwardly funny - that's why i love him so much! :) the spinach-artichoke dip & deviled tofu look most excellent, indeed! i am sooo gonna have to make the deviled 'fu. oh, and katie's wingz recipe is one of our all time favorites - so yum!

chow vegan said...

Awesome idea for the deviled tofu! I agree tofu with more tofu doesn't make sense to me. Love the idea of using beans for the yolk part. :-)

Mandee said...

"We might get Marky Mark to plant a celebrity tree"

I love being reminded of Clueless, it's definitely one of my fave movies and now I want to watch it! I love Paul Rudd too so now I will have to track down 200 Cigarettes!

Your deviled vegan eggs look a bajillion times better than the real thing!

Bonnie said...

The deviled tofu looks so cool! I was thinking about making a cooked egg replica the other day and I wondered about chickpeas and turmeric and black salt together, and I wanted to see if anyone had tried something like that. This looks much better than what I imagined. I'd love to try your recipe!

I don't even have black salt yet, though. It scares me a little...

The Kuntrageous Vegan said...

Paul Rudd is the best man!
200 cigarettes reminds me to ask you; have you ever seen Thank You For Smoking? It's fantastic-check it out!
Gaby Hoffman was in Now & Then right?
Clueless is definitely in the top 10 best movies of all time.

p.s. I made Kim's Spinach Artichoke dip for wes last night and he was giving me a hard time for eating cheese. i didn't tell him until he'd eaten a TON of the dip that it was Follow Your Heart cream cheese. LOL.

Jeni Treehugger said...

Your devilled tofu sounds amazing and you totally reminded me to make that artichoke dip! I've not seen that film so thanks for the heads up - I'm always on the lookout for new movies to watch.

Mihl said...

I think I remember that film. I had to google it and of course the German title was completely boring, as usual (A night in New York). I love those glasses in the food. I should steal my bf's and throw them into our dinner.

Ricki said...

I adore Paul Rudd (wasn't he Phoebe's husband on Friends?). Those devilled tofu look great! I love the idea of filling cherry tomatoes. Yum!

(Is it just my old eyes, or is it really hard to read the text on that black background?) ;)

melissa bastian. said...

1) totally making the dip.

2) love the deviled tofu idea! beans - brilliant! Jonathan makes deviled eggplant, with the tiny little round eggplants, which is awesome, but we'll have to give this one a shot as well!

Anonymous said...

I love your menu!!!!!!!!!! I, too, love Paul Rudd especially in Clueless, that movie never stops being awesome. I think I was first aware of him in Romeo & Juliet when he wore that hilarious astronaut costume.

Monique a.k.a. Mo said...

Bonnie-Black salt is amazing. It is a rare occasion that I want something to have that sort of flavor: omelets and deviled tofu.

Lacey-I have not seen it, but it's on my Netflix queue. I'll move it to the top today. Yes, Gaby was in Now and Then. That's funny about Wes being fooled with the dip. It's so delicious.

Ricki-Is the text too dark for you? It was on the light side for me. I think it is your old eyes! :) Hee hee.

Melissa-Ooh deviled eggplant sounds AWESOME!

Lazysmurf-I forgot he was in that movie. I remember thinking Paris was dreamy, though.

The Kuntrageous Vegan said...

Whoever asked about black salt: has it for 99 cents :)

laura said...

why haven't i made deviled tofu before? it's shown up on two blogs this week so i'm calling that a sign.

HeyitsBeth said...

Speaking of Fight Club... when my husband and I officially moved in (way before any wedding, omg sinnerz!) we combined our dvd collections. The one and ONLY one that overlapped was Fight Club. We felt it was appropriate to stick a quote into our wedding program.

Monique a.k.a. Mo said...

HeyItsBeth-I hope the quote wasn't "I am Jack's raging bile duct." Ha ha. That is just awesome that you included a quote in your wedding. My husband doesn't get the awesomeness of Fight Club.