Welcome to another edition of Meatless Mondays.
This week I finally got around to making a recipe that I have been wanting to try for awhile. I tore it out of Martha Stewart Living, and honestly, don’t remember which month/issue. The picture of the recipe was appealing, as was the sound of the ingredients. Honey, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil…all of my favorite flavors, what’s not to like right?
Wrong. I hate to say it, but it was a tasteless, watery dish. Don’t let the nicely browned tofu fool you, it was browned tofu with no flavor. It would have greatly benefited from marinating in the sauce that you make up to baste it with before baking. Then you pour the rest of the said sauce, over the noodles and cucumber ribbons. Well, that yields a watery sauce at the bottom of the bowl, and zero sauce really flavoring the noodles. Lackluster and bland, is really the only way I can sum it up.
I really don’t know where I went wrong. I followed the recipe exactly, only substituting regular spaghetti noodles when I realized we had already used up our udon noodles. I don’t think that would have been enough to ruin the dish? ??
All was not lost, we had a delicious Lemon Drop martini with our homemade limoncello. You see, Meatless Mondays, are occasionally also Martini Mondays! Weee!!! To find our recipe for the limoncello, go here. And how I make it into lemon drop martinis, see here.
Do you ever have high hopes for a recipe and it turns out to be a dud?