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Several weeks ago, the SigO and I took the Harley for a ride down Cape to P-town. We meandered for a bit, enjoying the sunny day, lovely homes and gardens, and fresh air. Eventually grumbly tummies insisted that we pay attention to the all important necessity of LUNCH!
Fortunately we found a fantastic spot:
Now finding a restaurant for a vegan and a carnivore can sometimes be a challenge in our part of the world. Often my choices at nonvegan restaurants are between a salad or ordering off the sides menu. This is was NOT the case at Lorraine's Cafe! Both the SigO and I were able to find plenty of options.
I had the tofu and vegetable burrito. The staff was kind enough to "veganize" it for me by leaving off the cheese and the sour cream.
Now, when talking with people about vegetarian or vegan meals, I often hear the following about tofu:
Fortunately, I have always liked tofu - I even nibble on plain tofu when cooking! However I get the fact that tofu itself is not most people's jam. (No pun intended!)
Well, ladies and gents, hold onto your hats! The chefs at Lorraine's Cafe have created a marinated tofu that is to die for! I kept humming "Mmmmmm" as I ate my burrito! I asked our server about how they prepared it, and he brought out one of the chefs to chat for a few minutes. She was kind enough to explain the procedure which involved a number of delicious ingredients and a marinating process. I was impressed!
Later that week, I was craving some more of that fantastic tofu, so I was inspired to make some myself and the results were so yummy, I thought I would share it here. It would be impossible for me to recreate from memory the exact method Lorraine's chef employed. It is beautifully complex, contains multiple ingredients, and was wonderfully delicious! (So I suggest you go there and order up some for lunch or dinner.) However I was able to create a satisfyingly simplified version at home. While I won't promise that it is anywhere near as fabulous as the one at Lorraine's Cafe, I will say it made for a decadent ingredient in my homemade burritos!
Marinated Tofu inspired by Lorraine's Cafe
Basically, I combined the following ingredients into a bowl and whisked away:
I sliced the tofu into cubes, stuck it in a bowl, poured the marinade over it, and covered the bowl. Before popping it into the fridge overnight, I gave the covered bowl a good shake.
The next morning, I gave the bowl another shake, and for good measure, one when I returned home that evening. Later that night, while I was at a yoga class, the SigO popped the tofu into the oven on a small cookie pan covered with aluminum foil, and baked the tofu for about a half hour at 350 degrees.
Then, when I arrived home all blissed out from savasana, I combined the following ingredients with the tofu into a warm tortilla:
And squeezed some fresh lime over it before rolling the whole thing together.
Voilà! A fast and easy meal bursting with flavor! The tofu had changed into a chewier consistency due to the marinading and baking steps. Adding the fresh ingredients gave the homemade burrito a vibrant taste, and provided a nice contrast to the denser tofu!
There you have it folks. My homemade vegetable and marinated tofu burrito inspired by Lorraine's Cafe in Provincetown, Massachusetts.
Feel free to share your receipes for tofu marinade, or for vegetable burritos so that we can all enjoy our food together...with smiles!
About the blogger
Hi! I'm Samantha Eve aka Tink - a kick-a$$ girl boss, party-til-dawn, warrior princess of a yogi, vegan, free-spirit, dancer, model, teacher, coach who - whether rocking a power suit or lingerie, lives life to the fullest.