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Posted on May 27, 2011 in Food, Recipes | 0 comments

Oh, Woe!

Let us please take a moment of shame and reflection for this:

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I don’t know if you can see it clearly, but that is a spiderweb of cracks in the monitor of my Macbook. ::sob:: I accidentally kicked it and now it has cracks and fractures that from the black border at the top near the camera (point of impact) all the way down through the bottom of the screen. :’(

It’s still fully functional, for now, so I guess I’ll count my blessings. ‘Cause goodness knows I can’t afford a new Macbook or the $$$$ Apple would ask for to fix this one. Might put a damper on my photo editing abilities though… we’ll just have to see. Le sigh.

Okay. Let us please move onto happier things. Specifically, the recipe for my BBQ Baked Tofu that I made for dinner last night!

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I did up a homemade BBQ-inspired marinade, roasted some tofu in it and threw together a quick and easy Whasian noodle salad (hehe) to serve on the side. It was delicious! And it just occurred to me, it’s also vegan (I think?) Guess that Lent rubbed off on me after all, huh?

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Gretchen’s BBQ Marinade:
- 1/4 cup organic ketchup
- 2 tbsp vegan worcestershire sauce
- 1 tbsp mustard
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1/4 tsp chipotle pepper (or less, mine turned out pretty darn spicy!)
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- Pinch of salt, couple grinds of fresh pepper
- Red wine vinegar, for thinning

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Measure out your ingredients, and combine! Nothing more to it than that. When it’s ready it should look something like this:

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Preheat the oven to 400 degrees, and go ahead and slice up your tofu. You’re looking for fairly substantial pieces to hold up to the strong flavors of this marinade (which incidentally would work great with chicken, too!)

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I was lazy and chose not to press my tofu before slicing it but if you have the time or disposition I would suggest doing so, otherwise the delicate tofu is likely to break in the marinading process (as mine did!) Then make sure you coat each piece well:

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Marinate as long as you like (longer = better), then lay out on a sprayed baking sheet:

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And pop into the 400 degree oven for 35 – 40 minutes. Easy peasy! While it’s cooking, you can prep your noodle salad.

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Whasian Noodle Salad:
- 1/2 box of whole wheat angel hair pasta
- 2 carrots
- 1/2 cup snow peas
- 1 cup steamed green beans
- 3 tbsp Asian dipping oil (Purchased at wine festival: mixture of sesame oil, olive oil, and spices)
- Heaping amount of white sesame seeds
- 1/4 cup chopped cashews
- Salt & pepper to taste

Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the box. While it’s cooking, cut your veggies into matchsticks (you can leave the green beans whole if desired, as I did.) When the pasta cools (run under cold water to expedite), toss all the ingredients together! Have you ever heard of anything easier?

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Ta-da! Totally delicious, fairly nutritious and you will have tons of leftovers, uh, left… over. I think I ate about a quarter of each dish, so lunch tomorrow is gonna be awesommmme.

Well whaddya know? That did successfully distract me from the woes of noticing the screen cracks in front of my face for a while. Unfortunately… we’re back to being sad about the state of my monitor. Sigh. I was talking with my brother about my options and basically came up with two ideas:

1. Get a new PC laptop or desktop.

In the grand scheme of things, PCs aren’t that expensive, and between my nerdy brother and my nerdy friends I’m sure they can wrangle me up something pretty great for a good value, haha. Note that I’m specifically saying it would be a PC because A) I can’t afford another Mac right now (sad!) and B) I would like to be able to utilize Windows Live Writer for blogging because I hear it’s amazeballs.

2. Get a converter cable, mouse, and wireless keyboard and turn my TV into a computer monitor.

I like this idea, but it is really only feasible if nothing else ends up being wrong with my Mac after this, er, incident. This is also beneficial because we just got rid of cable (waah!) so I’ll be doing a lot more internet TV-watching and would like to continue to have the full-size Vampire Diaries experience come Fall, hehehe. However, I also have a giant TV, so I’m not sure if navigation would be difficult (and I’d have to sit faaaaar away!)

Dilemma, dilemma…

What do you guys think? Have any other solutions to my current computer woes? I know that if nothing else ends up being wrong with this computer, another “solution” might be just to try to get used to have little hairline fractures all up in my grill. But I really do worry this will seriously impact my photo editing, so in all reality I think it’s just better (and less ghetto) to figure out another way — even if it ends up costing me some moolah.

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