Soul Food Recipes: Why They’re Going To Video

Spicy Tofu & Greens Soup (Recipe)
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Molly picked this recipe out from the Moosewood Restaurant Daily Special cookbook. It was a bit more time-consuming to put together than other soups I’ve made, but the result was really delicious and warming. This would go wonderfully with homemade spring rolls with peanut sauce for a dinner party.

The Stock:
2 cups onions, peeled and sliced
2 cups carrots, peeled and sliced
1 cup chopped parsley (I forgot to buy this, so my version is parsley-free)
8 slices fresh ginger root
8 garlic cloves, sliced
2 dashes red pepper flakes (more for hotter)
8 cups water

Combine all the stock ingredients in a large kettle, cover and simmer for 45 minutes.

1 cake firm tofu (NOT silken! I like White Wave brand tofu)
1 tablepoon grated fresh ginger
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 dashes red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon oil
2 T 1/4 cup soy sauce (or tamari)
1/3 cup julienned carrots
2 cups shredded bok choy (or spinach or other greens)
a few drops of dark sesame oil
2 scallions, thinly sliced.

While the stock simmers on the stovetop, preheat your oven to 375 degrees f. In an ovenproof skillet, combine the grated ginger, garlic, hot pepper flakes, oil, and 2 tablespoons of soy sauce over medium heat. Add the tofu cubes and mix gently until the tofu is evenly coated with sauce. Bake the tofu mixture in the oven for 30 minutes, stirring gently every ten minutes to make sure it gets evenly browned.

When the tofu is nearly done baking, strain the solids out of the stock. Add the tofu mixture and jullienned carrots to the broth, and simmer gently for 3 minutes. Add the greens, sesame oil, and remaining soy sauce. Remove from heat, add the scallions, and serve immediately.

This recipe makes about six large servings.

Notes: I may try making this with flavored "baked tofu" from the grocery store, to save on time and dishes. The broth is so deliciously gingery, garlicky and spicy– this would be the perfect soup to serve to someone getting over a cold. It’s vegan, too. Yum.

Soul food recipes have long reigned as the king of southern cuisine. Born out of the bonds of slavery during the pre-civil war period three centuries ago, this southern cuisine has grown into a billion dollar industry. It not only includes food manufacturing and restaurants, but also publishing and now video. Thanks to the popularity many recipe sites are turning to video instead of or in addition to written recipes.
This southern cuisine has given birth to many chefs who demand attention from their fans much like rock stars. Their celebrity continues to allow them to writer best selling books, open 5 start restaurants and even create their own television programs and more.

Many of today’s recipes require easier methods to duplicate them. Seeing a recipe come to life through video makes it a lot easier to duplicate the dish. There’s the little nuances you can catch by watching an expert prepare the dish that you could never get from reading a cold recipe alone. Many progressive websites continue to include instructional videos for their site visitors. And the response continues to be positive. “Having a video to watch definitely shortens the learning curve when it comes to preparing a dish,” says Thelma Taylor. Thelma is a young wife and new cook who appreciates the simplicity the many free soul food recipe videos give her.

They’re few if any cooking shows on television who give you details of how to cook soul food recipes. A growing number of consumers appreciate being able to go online anytime and get detail instructions on how to cook a specific dish. The many free soul food recipe websites that dot the internet continues to offer the changes today’s consumer is demanding. Those changes are healthier cooking techniques and ingredients, as well as quicker ways to prepare meals. Now video recipes are catching the attention of more southern food lovers. Stay tuned for more changes to meet the needs of today’s demanding consumer.

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