Tofu with Vegetable

Well, I see you got your brand new leopard-skin pill-box hat
Yes, I see you got your brand new leopard-skin pill-box hat
Well, you must tell me, baby
How your head feels under somethin’ like that
Under your brand new leopard-skin pill-box hat…

You know it balances on your head
Just like a mattress balances
On a bottle of wine
Your brand new leopard-skin pill-box hat.

Nobody can say it like Bobby Dylan.-The above is from his song about an iconic leopard skin pill-box hat.

Alright. I ‘fess up. Incoming blatantly subliminal (is that possible) message regarding tofu.

The tofu that you see on my plate was deliberately and unabashedly “tarted” up with the addition of leopard print.

Nothing says  wild (grrrrrrr) and maybe wanton as loudly and clearly as ye old leopard spots.

Doesn’t matter where they are, if you are seeing leopard spots, then somehow (because of a little switch that has been culturally implanted) you will think, oooh, exciting.

I love our unspoken language. Bassoons are for humorous awkwardness, harps are for heaven, and banana peels are for laughs.

If you read my entry –was it day before yesterday?–regarding the unfortunate
image called forth by “tofu” you will know where I am headed.

So, step one on the route to re-imaging tofu is association. Nothing says ungawa like leopard print so we will start right there.

Next, we must imbue tofu with a healthy dose of trendy. Since healthy IS trendy, we are already on our mark–we just have to kick it up a little more–with a recipe like “Seared Tofu with Sesame Crust”. (seared and crusty are both culinary  bad boy words)

This particular rendition of tofu by Mr. Wu has a delicately crisped exterior that gives the tofu a particularly zingy mouthfeel that I, and about a hundred million other folks like.  It sort of translates the mouthfeel one associates with the  perfect french fry, which certainly represents a cultural touch stone of the American palate.

Coupled, nay, consorting with more than a handful of different veggies of varying textures, you suddenly have “Tofu–the party animal!”–and a whole new image is born.

One thing is for sure. Me and tofu are going to get it on in the kitchen as soon as possible. It’s going to be a total tofulation…Wu hooooo!

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