עקסטרעם וועגאַן מאַקעאָווער: זיס & געווירציק טאָפו / טעמפּעה אַדישאַן

When I was single, I used to eat whatever and whenever I wanted. Since I had no one else to think about, I didn’t worry about meal planning. I rarely cooked; to tell the truth, I really didn’t know how. There were a few recipes that I had picked up from my mother but mostly, I either ate out or had food delivered. אין פאַקט, when I would call the local Chinese place and say, “Hi, I’d like an order delivered,” they recognized my voice and knew my address by heart!

Sunday nights were popcorn nights. יאַפּ, I would just have popcorn for dinner (and leftover popcorn for breakfast on Monday morning). I never made breakfast and didn’t even brew my own coffee. Friends joked that my kitchen was just there for show but that wasn’t true. I did cook for my dog, except when she ate take-out too (hanging head in shame).

When Tom and I met, nothing really changed. We both liked bad fast food and take-out food. The delivery people got to know both of us well. Even though Tom and I shared a love for unhealthy food, we had our individual likes and dislikes. My tastes ran to spicy, savory, crunchy foods while Tom preferred cheesy, chewy foods and sweets. If Tom wanted something homemade, my mother was more than happy to cook him the Italian dishes that I, זיך, liked but didn’t die for. When I did cook dinner, it usually involved steak or chicken, instant mashed potatoes and frozen vegetables in butter sauce. Plus a salad, we always had a big salad because that’s just the way I grew up. און ליידער, out.

Me, Tom and Poochie at our heaviest. I’m a size 26 הויזן.

 Then everything changed. We got educated, we got healthier and we got married. We became vegetarians and then Vegans (you can read about My Vegan Journey דאָ).

Tom and Benny

Me in size 8 jeans

And while Tom and I both love more foods than we ever knew existed (איך מיינען, we fight over kale and Brussel sprouts), we still have our individual preferences.

Tom still loves sweets while I detest anything with sugar. Even my espresso needs to be served straight up black. When we dine out, Tom looks forward to the dessert menu while I want the appetizer menu back (who says you can’t have appetizers for dessert?) If we have Chinese food, Tom loves sweet and sour sauce while I’m looking for the menu items with 3 stars indicating extra, extra spicy. I hate the idea of sweet, sticky jelly touching my peanut butter but Tom can eat PB&J every single day!

Relationships are all about compromise and opening oneself up to the other – bringing individual aspects of each person together to create a new and beautiful dynamic. Each person brings their own unique contributions to the table and the result is the epitome of the idea that the sum is worth more than its parts.

This recipe is a good example of this type of harmony. I read a recipe for orange glazed fish and thought it would make a great Extreme Vegan Makeover. It combines my love for spicy Cajun seasoning with Tom’s love of sweet, fruity marmalade. I don’t usually like foods that are glazed but here the spice and sweet are a marriage made in heaven.

The only question was whether to use tofu or tempeh. Tom prefers tempeh but I prefer tofu so in the spirit of marital harmony, I made both! They were both delicious so it was a win-win situation. Tom suggested yellow rice (brown rice with turmeric) for the side dish and I added peas because I can never have too many veggies. If we had had any, pineapple chunks cooked into the rice would have been perfect!

This dish is sweet, געווירציק, and amazing – just like us!

זיס & Spicy Tofu/Tempeh


For the spice blend (adjust to the level of heat you want. You can just use 3 Tbs. of a Cajun seasoning blend but watch out for high sodium content and MSG):
1 ½ צפּ. קאָשער זאַלץ
1 ½ צפּ. קנאָבל פּודער
1 ¾ צפּ. פּאַפּריקאַ
¾ צפּ. ערד שוואַרץ פעפער
¾ צפּ. ציבעלע פּודער
¾ צפּ. קייען פעפער
1 tsp. דאַר אָרעגאַנאָ
1 tsp. דאַר טיים
¼ צפּ. רויט פעפער פלאַקעס (אַפּשאַנאַל)

1 tsp. raw brown sugar
¼ צפּ. קאָשער זאַלץ
1 package tofu, drained or tempeh
1 Tbs. סאַפפלאָווער ייל
¼ cup orange marmalade
1 טבספּ. לייַם זאַפט
Lime wedges

Glazed Tofu


Combine the seasonings in a small bowl and stir until evenly blended. Add the sugar and the salt and blend.

If using tofu, cut it into slices of your desired thickness. I cut the block in half, then I cut each half into 4 סלייסאַז פֿאַר אַ גאַנץ פון 8 דין רעקטאַנגגיאַלער סלייסיז.

If using tempeh, I sometimes steam it first if I want it softer but I didn’t this time. I split the tempeh in half so that I had two thin rectangles. די וועג איך טאָן דעם איז צו לייגן די טעמפּעה אויף אַ קאַטינג ברעט, hold the top steady with the palm of my hand and with a knife, slice through it like I am splitting open a bagel. Then I cut each thin rectangle in half so I have 4 ברעקלעך.

Press the slices of the tofu or tempeh into the spice blend and cover both sides with it.

Heat a skillet with medium-high heat and add the oil. Sauté the tofu or tempeh in the skillet for about 4 מינוט. Flip the slices and cook until both sides are browned.

דערווייַל, mix the orange marmalade and the lime juice in a bowl. When the tofu or tempeh is ready, pour the marmalade mixture into the pan and stir it around until it melts. Carefully turn the tofu or tempeh slices in the pan so that both sides get covered in the orange glaze.

Glazed Tempeh

דינען בשעת הייס. Garnish with extra lime wedges.

האַנאָע האָבן!

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  1. Kimberly M Veggie Diva מייַ 15, 2013 בייַ 2:35 בין #

    I made it last night and just had it as leftovers. I’ve already passed the recipe onto my coworkers!

  2. ריאַ פּאַרסאָנס מייַ 2, 2011 בייַ 8:58 בין #

    מאַרלאַ, דאַנקען איר. I have about 50 reicpes that I’ve already made and taken pics of but I always feel like I need a story 🙂

    More and more of my recipes are gluten-free since I have been (mostly) avoiding it. I should state that in the recipes directly, although I’m sure you’re an expert at reading ingredient liste.

    I will definitely check out your link. קסאָקסאָ

  3. מאַרלאַ מייַ 1, 2011 בייַ 11:44 בין #

    I love your stories, ריאַ. This recipe looks amazing, כאָטש, איך, like you, am a spicy/savory lady. I love how you connected it to compromising for the ones we love and expanding our own horizons. I will have to add this one to my list of Vee-Word recipes to try. אַ דאַנק! אַגעוו, I wrote about my love of savory foods, צו, as a way of also exploring what “failed vegans” might be seeking in their lives: http://tinyurl.com/y8pqqsa

  4. Mommal אַפּריל 28, 2011 בייַ 7:50 בין #

    Looks wonderful!

  5. ריאַ פּאַרסאָנס אַפּריל 28, 2011 בייַ 7:06 בין #

    Thank you Diane. I’m glad you think the blog is entertaining. I always feel like each post is an essay unto itself and I just can’t post a recipe without a story 🙂 I put WAY too much pressure on myself.

  6. purplelady אַפּריל 28, 2011 בייַ 6:03 בין #

    וואַו! דאס קוקט אַזוי גוט, ריאַ. My husband likes sweet also, so this would be perfect for us. פארקויפונג שטייַער, love reading your blog. It is entertaining and enlightening:)

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