I have lived across the street from the famous Brighton seafront since August and I still haven’t been in the water. There are a million reasons that I can give you to justify that… it’s been raining a lot, we’ve been busy, and of course we’ve been out of the country. But, I’m tired of excuses. As with most things in life, there is no perfect moment. Sometimes you just have to make it perfect all on your own.
So, with that attitude adjustment in mind, we woke up early yesterday and decided to be done with the excuses and to run down to the beach and jump in before we changed our minds. Except for a few stray dog walkers, we had the whole beach to ourselves. It was gorgeous. And freezing. The water was 9 C. The “swimming” went as follows:
And, you know what? We laughed and giggled through the whole thing. I’m not sure I’ve felt like such a big kid in ages.
Despite all of the (completely) valid excuses in the world not to do it, it was completely perfect.
And, still think you hate tofu? Now it’s time to stop with the excuses and take the plunge with these fantastic baked tofu cubes. Warm, pillowy goodness flavoured with citrus, sesame and ginger. Throw them in your salad, throw them in your soup, just throw them in your mouth.
- 2 blocks of extra firm tofu
- ⅓ cup soy sauce
- ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
- ½ cup water
- 1 TBSP fresh ginger, minced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 TBSP sesame oil
- 2 TBSP sesame seeds (I used black, but normal white ones would work just as well)
- Slice each block of tofu into small cubes.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, water, vinegar, ginger, garlic and sesame oil.
- Pour mixture over each piece of tofu in a shallow bowl or pan, and allow to marinate for at least 30 minutes (or overnight, if you'd like!).
- Preheat the oven to 200 C (400 F) and put some parchment paper on a baking sheet.
- Carefully place cubes on the baking sheet and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
- Bake for 30 minutes, then rotate the sheet, if needed and drizzle with more marinade. Bake for another 15 minutes, or until liquid is almost dry.
- The cubes should be quite firm and crispy.