Natural Talents

by Chase on September 29, 2010

I like to think that I’m a woman of many a few natural talents. 

For instance, step aerobics comes naturally to me.

Singing comes naturally.

Singing while I teach step aerobics comes naturally.

Cooking?  That does not come naturally.

Enter  tofu:  

Enter Dirt:
                                                

Enter the worst dinner I ever made.

Ok, before I get into the culinary debacle that was probably the worst thing I’ve eaten all year, I have a confession to make. 

I’m a certified blog stalker of The Front Burner.  There.  I said it.  I admit it. 

Luckily Emily knows, and she doesn’t seem to mind.

Anyway, I was reading her Recipes page today and found this tutorial on how to make tofu.  It looks so easy!  So, I decided to give it a whirl.

Tofu draining on towels. [ed. note: I have never made ONE recipe out of any of those cookbooks. Notice how most of them are beginner cookbooks.]

Chopped and put into a pan.  Clearly I need to work on my cube uniformity.

Cooked and drained. 

*Here’s where it all went wrong.*

Wait! Before I get to that, allow me to explain.  On Sunday, Boyfriend and I and  a bunch of friends went to an Oktoberfest on the National Harbor in DC.  We had a ball!

While we were there, we sampled the aforementioned Dirt in a creamy dip form, with pretzel sticks.  We enjoyed it so much, that we bought a bottle of the seasoning.  There were three kinds of Dirt.  Regular Dirt, Crabby Dirt and Bayou Dirt.  We liked the Bayou dirt which contains kosher salt, paprika, pepper, onion, garlic, cayenne pepper, chili powder, chipotle powder, oregano, basil, parsley, thyme, sage and rosemary.  Sounds good, right!?

So, I thought maybe I might try to recreate the dip for my tofu.  But, I’m trying to be healthy, so I used greek yogurt instead of sour cream. 

Then I threw the tofu in, mixed it up and added a little chopped red onion for good measure.  Spooned it out on to a dish. 

Clearly I need to work on my presentation skills too. [And your photo skills too, Chase]

Here’s the verdict.  It was so weird and yet also so unappetizing at the same time!  Blech.

I ate what you see there and tossed the rest.  Noooo thank you. 

Feeling highly unsatisfied, the only thing I could think to do to salvage this meal was to throw some blueberry jam and slivered almonds into my leftover greek yogurt which may just be the best dessert ever.

Hm.  I guess I should get to reading those cookbooks instead of using them to dry tofu.  Heh.