Yes I think there is a tempeh conspiracy against me. The first time I ever tried it was this bottled stuff in brine and it was minging.
Yet so many trusty vegans I know of declare their tempeh love on a daily basis so I've been determined to give it another go. I was pretty impressed when I spotted some fresh tempeh at my local supermarket, so I bought some. That was about 2 months ago. Afore mentioned product has been sitting in my fridge keeping the lone pickled onion company ever since. I didn't know what to do with it and there was that little bit of trepidation based on my last (and first) experience that was also playing a big part in my reluctance.
I PPK'd, I MoFo'd, I even Googled (I know, so primitive right?).
I had enough tempeh teasers in my brain that I felt confident enough to attepmt to cook with it today.
What had I chosen you're all dying to know?
Chesapeake Tempeh Cakes from the AWESOME Isa.
So I opened the package, started to crumble the tempeh only to stop after 2 seconds, slightly confuzzled 'cos this tempeh shatang looks very similar to tofu. I grab the package, double check the label......hmmmmm........tofu sukiyaki estilo al japones is apparently not tempeh but, umm.....well......just tofu.
Determined not to abandon my plans (bearing in mind I'm now craving some fishy fried bredcrumbed goodness) I went ahead with the recipe anyway. I followed it step by step instead I didn't use red pepper and I used regular coarse homemade breadcrumbs.
These came out a cross between a Maccy D's filet o' fish and a fish cake.
They were so so good. So so fish like. If I hadn't of made them with my bear [sic] hands I'd be screaming that someone had tried to poison me.
Think I'm exagerating?
Pretending that I'd been cleaning out the freezer and found a bit of cod that needed using up, I gave peskytarian Mr treehugger 2 of these for his lunch.
When asked if they were nice his only comment was; "There's too much lemon juice in them."
Well I laughed because there's no lemon juice in them at all! He meant vinegar (he's a wuss with acidic things, they weren't too vinegary for me).
So I asked him if the cod tasted alright or if it had been in the freezer too long and he said "No, the fish is lovely".
He would not believe me when I told him they were vegan.
I would still like to try the original recipe though, the way they were intended, but this really was a very happy error on my part.
GO VEGAN!Go MoFo!