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Ground Breaking

Reuse, recycle, reduce. We hear these ideas all the time and I tend to think they are good ones. It comes in especially great when someone gives me an old kiln.  That is exactly what happened when the electric kiln that we used for cone 6 glaze firing gave up the ghost at Callanwolde. It’s a good size kiln, much bigger than my electric kiln but I’m not interested in rewiring this one. You may remember I did that with my electric kiln when I installed the kiln sitter (you can read about that here) which I got from another free kiln.

My plan for this kiln is to make it a reduction kiln since that is the look I like best for my pots. I am even considering adding a stoke hole so I can feed some small piece of wood into the kiln for some ash and wood effects.

Before I can start converting it into a gas kiln I need to build a kiln shed. My current kiln room is fine for the electric kiln but it’s too crowded to add flame to the mix. I’m designing a simple lean-to type shed that will have a m…

Slivered Vegetable and Soba Salad with Mapled Tofu

You won’t find very many recipes that contain tofu here. I’m not a huge fan of tofu but some are really delicious. This is one that fits the bill because the tofu takes on the maple so nicely.

Slivered Vegetable and Soba Salad with Mapled Tofu

  • 14 ounces extra-firm tofu
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 6 ounces soba noodles
  • 1 bell pepper, seeded and sliced thinly
  • 3 carrots, peeled and julienned into long strips
  • 1 small zucchini, julienned into long strips 
  • 1 bunch of cilantro, coarsely chopped
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 large avocado 
  • 1 tablespoon yellow miso paste (if you have a darker color, just use less)
  • 1 (3-inch) piece of fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • zest and juice of 2 limes
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1-2 teaspoons Sriracha sauce (plus more for serving)
Drain the tofu and press out excess liquid in a clean dishcloth. In a large skillet, heat the coconut oil over medium heat. Cut the tofu into 1/2-inch cubes and add them to the hot pan. Saute gently until the edges begin to brown. (in order for the tofu to crisp up like I wanted, I had to do this in two batches). Add the soy sauce, maple syrup, and a healthy dose of black pepper. Stir and cook for 8-10 minutes, until the edges are crisp and the tofu is nicely browned. Set aside to cool.
Cook the soba noodles according to package directions, and rinse well in cold water, and drain. Put the noodles, bell pepper, carrot, and zucchini in a large bowl and toss together.
For the dressing, put all of the ingredients into a small container with a lid and give it a good shake.*
*when I made this, I completely forgot to add the sesame oil – it was great without it, but the dressing seemed a little thick. Later, when I realized my error, I just added the oil to the noodles/veggies and tossed them sum more. 
When ready to serve, pour the dressing over the veggies and noodles, add the chopped cilantro and toss well to coat. Top the bowl with the green onions, sesame seeds, and tofu. Serve each portion with a half of an avocado.

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  1. Looks so good! The bowl sure contrasts nicely with food.

  2. I really like julianned vegetables; an easy soup is julianned veges and broth, looks great in wide flat bowl

  3. That sounds delicious! Will try it with some of my own preferences!


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