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Saturday, July 01, 2006

Bro. Juniper's Sunflower Salad

Bro. Juniper surprised us with a Sunflower salad that knocked our socks off ... alas, those around the dining table wearing socks. I tried to get a coherent recipe from him, but his creative culinary skills seem to preclude rhyme or reason, just a flurry of activity that always ends with “Bravos!” from the dining table. Well, here is what I could gather for this most delicious salad. I think he used firm tofu, he cubes it and sauteeds it with soy sauce and I don't know what else, perhaps rice wine and some ground black pepper and a tiny bit of cayenne pepper ... I assure you, this is not 'tasteless' tofu. After that, he whisks 4 tablespoons of sunflower seed oil with 1 tablespoon of rice vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste. Of course, I'm trying to downsize the numbers here to make a good bowl of salad, for Bro. Juniper works with a bowl the size of a wash tub and tosses fistfuls of this and empties whole bottles of that to his concoctions. Okay, next add 3 cups of sunflower sprouts and 1/4 cup toasted sunflower seeds and a 1/4 cup toasted and chopped cashew nuts, and then toss in 2 seedless tangerines, peeled and sliced thin. After you've tossed it all good, then add the sauteed tofu atop. That's it! I would think that if you were really hungry and wanted to make a meal of it, then perhaps slice some BBQ steak or chicken, then add that with the tofu atop the salad. Bon Appetit!

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