|Dorothy Lieske 1919-2011|
Taken Christmas 2004, her last Christmas at home
A Favorite Tofu Dish
The first Christmas I spent in California, Christmas dinner was non-traditional to say the least. Roger prepared an Asian feast, complete with a carved winter melon soup. It was not like any Christmas dinner I had ever had. Yes, I am a sucker for tradition, but I remember admiring his passion and abandon when he was cooking. If I recall, Roger had a restaurateur friend in San Francisco who taught him about Chinese cooking. On a busy week night, Roger would often whip up a platter of Tofu with Green Onions in Oyster Sauce. It was quick. It was easy. It was nutritious. It was a great dish that became my "go to" dish during my vegetarian days. I may have burned out on it back then and filed it away in the back of my mind. I found myself thinking about it lately. Unfortunately, I never wrote this recipe down. I recall the basic flavors and have now added or subtracted (who knows) ingredients to create a reasonable facsimile of the original dish. I've added snow peas which you can leave out if you so desire. I like the contrasting crunch, without an overpowering additional flavor. If you do not have a well seasoned wok, and I mean WELL seasoned, tofu is best cooked in a non stick wok or skillet.