Tofu Can Bite, Too!

This is a multipurpose endeavor, Beautiful People. Lovely Carol of https://carolcooks2.com has announced that today is both an International Vegetarian Day and The World Music Day. I have thought of combining them in one post, especially since I already have it, originally meant for Sukkot. Even thought the holidays are over, I still hope you enjoy a repeat of this vegetarian recipe and the inimitable Gene Kelly.

When Avrohom (Abraham) Our Father was traveling in the desert, he would make sure to position his tent at the crossroads and make entrances on all four sides, open to travelers coming from every direction. He would then treat them to a sumptuous feast, making sure every guest was offered food of his preference. After a splendid five star meal, guests would thank him profusely, but Avrohom’s response was, “Thank not me, but Him Who provided the food and blessed us with the ability to enjoy it” (Midrash Rabba).

Sukkah in the rain.jpg

Here is my husband, whose middle name is Avrohom, building our Sukkah under the rain. Rain is a source of all blessings; in fact, the word Brochoh (blessing) also means “wellspring,” or source.

“Now all the trees of the field were not yet on the earth, and all the herb of the field had not yet sprouted, for God had not sent rain upon the earth, and there was no man to work the soil.” (Genesis 2:5)

Nothing, it seems, came to life until the first rainfall! Midrash Haggadah relates that man had to pray for the blessing of the rain so that when the rain fell, he would appreciate every drop and all the plant life that flourished as a result.

None of us sing or dance like Gene Kelly, but tonight we will make all the appropriate blessings in the Sukkah, rain or shine, including blessings for all the people of the world, specific to this holiday. Since some of our guests are of vegan persuasion, I made a plant-based variation of Honey Chicken Bites (click here for recipe), which is only fitting after all this blessed rain. I used extra firm tofu, cut it into bite size cubes – yes, my tofu can bite, too! – made sure to drain, press, bake, and drain again as much liquid as possible out of it, and used the same honey ginger sauce as the one that worked so well with chicken.

honey tofu bites

Even though our Sukkah has only one entrance, I try to accommodate every guest’s preference and taste, without making anyone feel singled out. Hag Sameach, a Freileche Yontef – happy holiday and blessings to all!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 block Extra Firm tofu (14 oz)
  • Remaining ingredients listed here.

PROCEDURE

  • Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly mist baking pan with oil. Cube tofu, press and drain liquid.
  • Bake uncovered for 10 minutes. Press and drain liquid again.
  • When there is no more liquid, pour sauce over tofu bites, sprinkle with sesame seeds, and bake uncovered for 10 minutes.
  • Serve hot.

Enjoy!

33 Comments Add yours

    1. Thank you so much, dear Yolanda, and you can easily make it vegan by using agave instead of honey.

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  1. This sounds delicious! I love the addition of the sesame seeds!

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Dorothy; I am so glad you like it!

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  2. BERNADETTE says:

    This post is a complete home run.

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    1. Oh, I am so glad, dear Bernadette!

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  3. Gail says:

    Fabulous Tofu!!! 👏

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Gail! 😻

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    1. Thank you so much for reblogging, dear friend.

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    1. Thank you very much, Derrick.

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  4. Annie James says:

    Great post! I came here looking for a way to make tofu appetizing, and was pleasantly surprised that I got that, plus an interesting story about father Abraham.

    I never knew that Abraham set his tent at each crossroads and welcomed travelers from each direction. I’m not Jewish, so I’m not familiar with these traditions and stories, but I would like to learn more. Thank you for posting!

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    1. I thank you for your kind comment, dear Annie, and I am glad you have found my post helpful.

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  5. Tasty nibbles. Tofu absorbs flavors so well. 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Ronit. Your comments always mean a lot to me.

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  6. You combined the vegetarian and the music quite well! Rain is a blessing until we get too much, then we are praying it will stop.

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    1. You are so right, dear Mimi, and that’s why we have a special prayer for rain to come at the right time. This sauce could be easily made vegan by substituting agave for honey.
      Thank you so much for your kind comment!

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  7. purpleslob says:

    At least the tofu’s bite should be softer! Love Gene
    kelley.

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    1. Thank you so much, my dear purple person! 😻

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      1. purpleslob says:

        My pleasure always!

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  8. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
    yeah for BEAN CURD!!!!!!!!

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    1. Thank you so much for reblogging, dear friend.

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  9. I love the blessing of the rain. ❤

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Anna. 😻

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  10. Kally says:

    I love Tofu. I’ve got to try this recipe.

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Kally! Do try and let me know how it comes out, please.

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  11. Americaoncoffee says:

    I sense all of the healthy flavors. I want a bite. Sock it to me!

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    1. I wish I could, sweetheart!

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  12. Americaoncoffee says:

    LOL!

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  13. jkaybay says:

    Happy to see a veggie recipe 🙂
    You can also save some cooking time by placing the block of tofu on top of a paper napkin or towel and it will lose a lot of its water over an hour or two 🙂

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    1. Thank you for the tip, dear friend, and thank you for stopping by and commenting.

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