I was inspired here by a recipe in a Canadian Living magazine I have and it was originally a bacon and cornmeal waffle with scrambled eggs and roasted cherry tomatoes. I opted to remove the bacon altogether, even though there are good vegan versions out there I wanted this to be "faux free" if you know what I mean ;-) I then based the waffle on my basic waffle recipe but omitted the sugar, upped the salt, added some nutritional yeast for a cheezy savoury angle, a little garlic powder then through in some chives. They turned out so good I actually like eating them plain, freshly toasted and slathered with vegan butter!
Next was to make a tofu scramble that does not taste of curry and turmeric and the answer has been in my cupboard for years: Marigold's Swiss Vegetable Organic Vegan Bouillon Powder. It is my favourite vegetable stock powder that I use all the time and it just happens to be a brilliant shade of yellow from the addition of turmeric but crucially doesn't taste of turmeric due to all the other flavours in it. Perfect. I realise this makes this dish "product specific" but you could always use your favourite stock powder here and add some turmeric for colour or just use your current favourite tofu scramble recipe as I'm sure you already have one!
The flavours in this dish complement each other so well though. A forkful of that savoury crispy waffle with some of the soft flavourful tofu and juicy roasted tomato is altogether beautiful! Recipe here serves 2 (with leftover waffles).
Cheezy Chive Cornmeal Waffles with a Baby Spinach and Tofu Scramble and Roasted Cherry Tomatoes
100g plain flour
40g cornmeal (polenta)
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp nutritional yeast
150ml unsweetened soy milk
60ml sparkling water
1 Tbsp vegan butter, melted
1 Tbsp chopped fresh chives
First, this recipe will make 2 round waffles which will serve 4. The tofu recipe serves 2 but I like to make more waffles as they reheat so easily in the toaster. In fact, I prefer them reheated in the toaster as they get even crisper on the outside, which I love :-)
Get your waffle iron heated up then mix together all the dry ingredients into a large bowl. I like to grind up the nutritional yeast flakes in a mortar and pestle until fine before adding so it mixes in better. In another small bowl or jug mix together the soy milk, sparkling water and melted vegan butter. Pour this into the dry ingredients and whisk just until smooth then stir in the chopped chives. Grease the waffle iron, I use a spray here, and scoop over some of the batter. Cook according to your waffle iron's instructions, remove and repeat with the last of the batter. You can make these earlier in the day you want this or even the day before as the waffles reheat perfectly in a toaster.
Recipe note: I use an extra firm tofu here that needs very little pressing, so it's pretty much the same weight before and after pressing. If you are using a firm or more 'wet' tofu the you'll want 100g AFTER pressing - it's surprising how much weight there is in the liquid in tofu. I recommend pressing 150g firm tofu and weighing out the 100g afterwards.
Baby Spinach and Tofu Scramble:
1/2 Tbsp vegan butter
100g extra firm tofu, drained and pressed. - see note above.
1/2 cup roughly chopped baby spinach
2 shallots, chopped fine
2 large cloves garlic, halved (they will be removed later)
1/2 tsp marigold vegan bouillon powder, plus more to marinade.
freshly ground black pepper
Measure out 2 teaspoons of the vegetable stock powder in a glass measuring jug then add a splash of hot water, stir to dissolve then fill up to 1/4 litre with cold water and mix well. Crumble the tofu into a shallow bowl and pour over the stock, refrigerate for at least 1 hour to marinade.
Drain the tofu but save the stock liquid, make sure you use a fine mesh sieve here so you don't lose any tofu! Melt the butter in a large frying pan then add the shallots, 4 garlic halves, drained tofu and a few grinds of black pepper. Fry on a gentle heat until the onions are soft and the tofu starts to dry. Add the 1/2 teaspoon of stock powder and give it a good stir. Add a splash of the stock liquid and the chopped spinach and fry until the spinach wilts and the scramble dries a bit more and you start to get some golden bits on the tofu. The whole process here should take about 10 minutes. If you don't like it too dry add another little bit of stock liquid just before serving. Taste and adjust seasoning as you like and remove the garlic before serving.
*2014 Edit - As I love this scramble so much and have been wanting it much quicker than this recipe can provide I have come up with a much faster way of making this and it is JUST as good! I've also swapped my brand of tofu and now use Cauldron's tofu which is quite soft.
Easier Tofu Scramble:
2 tsp vegan butter
125g soft tofu (1/4 of a pack of Cauldron’s tofu)
2 small shallots, diced fine
1 large clove of garlic, chopped fine
1 tsp marigold vegan bouillon powder (the orange tin)
½ tsp dried chives
Freshly ground black pepper
Crumble the tofu in a sieve over the sink and let drain a few minutes. Tip into a hot dry frying pan and gently fry until the tofu is dry-ish. Add the butter and stir to melt then add everything else. Fry on low heat until well mixed, of even colour and the shallots are soft. Serve immediately! Quick and easy :-)
Roasted Cherry Tomatoes:
about 6 cherry tomatoes per person
extra virgin olive oil
fine sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
Preheat the oven to 200C and toss the cherry tomatoes with a bit of oil in a roasting tin. Sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt and some freshly ground black pepper. Roast for 15 minutes.
If you made the waffles earlier, simply separate them, I use 2 quarters per person and pop in the toaster, start low as they don't take long but will burn fast. You just want them hot with lightly golden crispy edges. Immediately slather them with vegan butter then spoon over the tofu scramble and top with the cherry tomatoes. Sprinkle with some chopped fresh chives if you like, or some fresh basil would go lovely, a sprinkle of smoked sea salt and some more freshly ground black pepper to taste and serve.
Nutritional Information: based on 1 serving as seen.
Sat Fat: 2.5g
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