In order to support my lovely wife during her 5k race this past weekend and not throw off my half marathon training program I arose at 2:59 early Saturday morning and set out for an eleven mile run. It went off largely without a hitch for the first five miles (aside from that fallen palm tree that looked like a crazed monkey due to the way the shadows covered it). Sometime between mile five and six I ran by a playground where I smelled the stench of pot in the air. I turned towards the swing set and saw a man emerge from the shadows.
He motioned for me to approach him (or maybe he wasn’t motioning, it was hard to tell at that time of day). I bounded over to him, think Brad Pitt in Burn After Reading, and asked him what was happening. He pulled his trench coat open while simultaneously whispering “Yo dude, you want to buy some tofu.” I took a step back, laughing sheepishly. The guys face darkened (even worse than it already was) “What’s so funny man?” I assured him that I had meant no offense by my laughter, just that I had feared he was a drug dealer. He growled, “I am. My drug of choice is tofu.” This made me laugh harder. Feeling extremely insulted by this point he suggested that when I return to my cozy home located at (then he rattled off my address which was enough to make me piss in my pants) that I look up eHeatlthMe and their “Tofu Side Effects Drug Interactions” webpage. Wanting to bury the hatchet, I bought a block of tofu (street name Jiggly FuFu) from him and finished the rest of my run. Later in the day, unable to get this exchange out of my head, I went to the website he suggested and found that tofu did indeed have an entry. Thankfully it is one of the least harmful “drugs” as it has no long term side effects. I can happily keep using!
With the dealer’s tofu I made a batch of coconut tofu tenders.
-1 block of tofu, preferably bought from a “dealer” sliced into sticks
-salt and pepper, to taste
-1/2 cup orange juice
-1/2 cup flour
-1 cup shredded coconut
-1 cup bread crumbs (Panko if you have some)
1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. In a large metal bowl, mix the orange juice, flour, salt and pepper. If not wet enough add more orange juice (or water) by the tablespoon. You want the mixture to have a batter like consistency (not too thin though).
3. In another metal bowl, mix the coconut and bread crumbs. Set up an assembly line and dip the tofu strips into the orange juice mixture. Shake off any excess and then dip into the bread crumb mixture. Place on a cooling rack (above a baking sheet). Repeat until all the tofu has been used.
4. Place the baking sheet (and cooling rack with tofu on) into the oven and bake for 20 minutes. The coconut should be beginning to brown. Dip the tenders into your favorite sauce (I used the banana barbecue sauce I have in my refrigerator).
Before being interrupted by tofu wielding drug dealers I was lost in the sounds of Norway. Namely Norway’s “most exciting band” Honningbarna. Honningbarna (which translates to honey children) have already received accolades at home including a Spellemann Award (like a Norwegian grammy). They are now taking their energetic punk on the road. They’ll hit up dates in England and Ireland starting on November 5th. Here is an awesome video made by Norwegian fifth graders for their song “Klart Blikk”:
The soundcloud version:
Another track “Honningbarna” (originally called Borgeskapets Utakknemlige Sonner):
Also on the visual side of things is the new video for “Howling” by To Kill A King. The video was a result of lead singer Ralph sitting still while 5000 photos were taken of him and then pieced together. The band suggests “he nearly died”. Check out the video:
And the appropriately titled “Funeral” (my favorite track from their Word of Mouth EP):
One other video that found its way into my inbox is the new track from The Rebel Light “Goodbye Serenade”. The video is an inspiring trip down memory lane, one that celebrates many of the milestones of the 20th century. While things in the political and economic world may seem dour right now, this track gives the listener a strange sense of jubilation, like things are going to be alright soon. The video:
To download the track:
The band’s debut EP is coming soon: