Cold, rainy weather is the perfect time for some homey-type comfort food – tofu, red potatoes, leeks, and garlic in a marinade all braised in a claypot. It’s a fairly quick braise too, 15 to 20 minutes since the potatoes are cut into small chunks and the tofu is already cooked but the flavors are rich and intense.
I once made this dish when I was down visiting my parents, I had intended it to be just for myself. For some reason I don’t remember what now, everyone ended up having it for dinner and they couldn’t get over how tasty it was. When my brother asked who made it, my mom decided to be elusive and didn’t really say (I wasn’t in the kitchen at the time). So he thought a family friend who owns a restaurant had cooked it. She eventually told him that it was really me who made it and to top it off, it’s vegan. Just goes to show even a die hard carnivore can enjoy a vegan dish and say it was good.
Disclaimer: I had absolutely nothing to do with fooling my brother. I guess he was not happy about that at all and nowadays at family meals, it’s full disclosure on what’s what.
But it’s still funny.