“We do not have to get it together before we show up.”  Anne Lamott

Here comes another experiment that seemed like a good idea at the time.  As previously mentioned, I had a goodly sized chunk of tofu in the fridge that I thought I might turn into more tofu and black bean chili something-or-other.  And then …

We had the zucchini noodles with the no-cook pasta sauce, which was wonderful. However, I thought it might be more wonderfuller if it  had Italian sausage with it.  And how difficult can it be to make tofu taste like Italian sausage, I asked myself.  Actually, not that difficult.


chunk of tofu, chopped

1 t to 1 T fennel seeds, soaked in 2 T water for 5 minutes

1 T ghee

1 t Kitchen Bouquet

1 T, more or less, tamari or soy sauce

red pepper flakes, a small sprinkle



Combine the crumbled tofu and fennel seeds, undrained, and sauté in the ghee for about 30 minutes.  I did this on a very low flame, covered, trying to get the tofu to start looking edible.  It stayed white.

I placed the pan (it was ovenproof) into the oven at about 375 degrees.  After 20 minutes it was getting a little color.  I mixed it and put it back into the oven for another 20 minutes.  It was still too white and desperately needed something.  I added a splash of Kitchen Bouquet to give it some color, and some tamari to give it some punch.  Then a bit of salt and pepper and a few red pepper flakes for a little more punch.

ital saus

The results looked and tasted enough like Italian sausage that I think I could fool the most ardent critic of tofu if this were part of a dish.  I especially loved the undertone of buttery flavor created by the ghee.  As I was putting the finished product into the jar for refrigeration, I couldn’t help putting every third forkful into my mouth.

The red pepper flakes come through loud and clear.  Go easy with those unless you like spicy Italian sausage.  Maybe I could add a bit of garlic powder.  That might be good, too.

I love experimenting.  Remember, if it doesn’t turn out it can always be squirrel food or mulch for the garden.  Or even a hostess gift if there’s someplace where you don’t want to be invited back!  I’m here for you!

Loveya – The Grandma



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Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.

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