coconut crumbed tahini tofu
Tahini-drenched tofu fried in coconut. Oh. Damn. Baby. This is one sexy and messy recipe. And sexy and messy are words I don't throw around lightly so you know you're in for a treat.
Now that the portal of sexy and messy has been opened, let's delve a bit deeper into what it means to be sexy and messy, shall we? Enticed? Intrigued? Let's talk about s e x.
While I find eating tahini and tofu does wonders for my hormonal balancing, nutrition can only take you so far. Healing oneself must be looked at holistically. The physical, emotional and spiritual all contribute to one's overall well-being. An important part of my hormonal balancing journey has been engaging in women's work/sexual awakening for women. This work is a gateway to unlocking unconscious patterns of maladaptive behaviour and thoughts; finding my voice; delving deeper into my sexual liberated self; and uniting the masculine and feminine within. Acknowledging and working on balancing that unity has proved to be an important key in my healing process.
But this ain't easy work. Withdrawing and numbing out during the practices are bound to occur. This resistance occurs because the ego has built up the toughest and strongest walls in order to protect us from realising the rawness and the vulnerabilities - the parts that make us uncomfortable and sore - within.
And sexuality is raw. It's wild. It strips you to your core. The things we tell ourselves that are wrong, embarrassing or imperfect come to the fore. So we feel vulnerable. It exposes us.
But those feelings of vulnerability are simply the ego's walls slowly crumbling.
And when the walls begin to fall, the light - that essence of who we are - starts to show through the cracks.
Opening up to our true, sexual liberated self means we judge ourselves less, we become less self-conscious and more balanced as our masculine and feminine energies start to align, while finding the unconditional love we have for ourselves.
We begin to live from our hearts, in all of our messy and sexy selves.
So. Righto. To the recipe! Continue reading to learn why the main ingredients are good for your sexual health, or jump straight to the ingredients to see how much messy fun you can have making this dish!
P.S: If you are interested in reading more about topics around sexual liberation as a spiritual practice, body love and the union of the masculine and feminine, please leave a comment below and I will be sure to write more about these topics!
Tahini - With its sesame seeds containing the ultimate sex mineral, zinc, tahini really gets the groove on. Lather it all over for your sexual well-being and libido zing, zip and zang. Don't give me oysters, rather slather buttery tahini all over mah bodaaay.
Tofu - No, tofu does not cause man boobs as soy does not interfere with our hormones. But what about those blasted phytoestrogens? Tofu does indeed contain phytoestrogens, meaning oestrogen that comes from plants with a similar structure to human oestrogen. But phytoestrogens do not behave in the same way as our body’s own oestrogen or like oestrogen replacement drugs. Rather they have an adaptogenic effect, naturally and safely restoring the balance in the body. When we eat soy, the plant molecules communicate with our bodies in various ways, "depending on how much and in what proportions we have of our own hormones on board and how smoothly we’re regulating and metabolising them. So there is an astounding back-and-forth dynamic between plant cells and human cells that a man-made substance could never mimic" (source). So when we consume a block of tofu, it is able to listen to our cells to gauge what is needed so our bodies receive the right amount of the hormone required.
and Coconut - Coconut protects and increases the number of sperm while ensuring a proper level of alkaline fluidity in semen #cantstopwontstop. The coconut flesh also contains copper and Vitamin C that keep the blood pumping and flowing, supplying the body with plenty of oxygen and making the nerve endings extra receptive and ready for that gentle (or hard) touch. And then there's the coconut bra just in case you wanted to spruce up your sex life even more.
And vegans actually have a better sex life! Why? The cholesterol in meat, eggs and dairy products clog the arteries and slow the flow of blood to all the body's organs, including those that are vital in the bedroom/beach/mountain/wherever. Vegans, on the other hand, do not consume anything containing animal fat or cholesterol found in meat, eggs and dairy products.
175g extra firm tofu (or tempeh)
1/3 cup flour (I used a gluten-free mix)
1/2 cup desiccated coconut
1/8 cup almond meal
1/4 cup tahini
1 tbsp liquid amino acids
1 tbsp coconut yoghurt
1 tsp freshly grated ginger
A dash of cayenne pepper
2 tbsp water
Salt to taste
Coconut oil for frying
1. Press and drain my friends, press and drain. Tofu is filled with water so you need to press as much water as you can to avoid soggy tofu. Less water means more room for the tofu to absorb the flavours from the marinades and spices. To press tofu, wrap the block in a clean dish towel and place between two plates. Top the plates with heavy objects. Cookbooks, full tea kettle, or flour canister will work. Let sit for 30 minutes or longer.If you are using tempeh, this step isn't required.
2. Cut the tofu or tempeh in finger-sized slices.
3. In a bowl, add the flour mix and gently roll each slice in the flour mix. Lightly dust off any extra clumps of flour that may have accumulated unevenly.
4. Prepare the tahini sauce. Combine the tahini, liquid amino acids, coconut yoghurt, ginger, cayenne pepper, salt and water in a bowl. Mix well until smooth.
5. Dip each tofu or tempeh slice in the tahini sauce, covering all sides well. Set the slices aside on a clean plate.
6. In another bowl, combine the desiccated coconut and almond meal in a bowl.
7. Once again, dip the tofu or tempeh slices in the coconut and almond mix. Your tofu is now officially crumbed!
8. Now time to fry. Pan-frying with a touch of oil will work perfectly. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and add the coconut oil. When the oil begins to ripple, you're set to go. Add the tofu or tempeh to the pan. Don't crowd the pan. Be patient. When you can see the bottom is becoming brown, flip it. Then let it cook and keep flipping until the tofu is golden brown on all sides. Let it get crispy.*
* If you would prefer baking, set your oven to 180-200 degrees C. Line the tray with foil and set the tofu or tempeh down on the tray. Place in the oven. After 15 minutes, flip, and cook for another 10 minutes. I found this way doesn't lead to the same crispiness as frying (and it tends to dry out much more) but let me know if you have any tips!
Salt and a squeeze of fresh lemon
More of tahini sauce and/or liquid amino acids
Fresh veggies and quinoa for a refreshing lunch or some baked sweet potatoes and broccoli for a comforting dinner