Sunday, May 16, 2010

T T & D (Tempeh Tacos and Damien)

OK, so my taco doesn't come with a side of naked women like Tony Stamolis' new book T&T&A (the books website, which naturally contains nudity, is here). It also wasn't supremely greasy like this one. It even defies tradition with its vegetarian leanings. But what this dish lacks in beauty, texture or history, it makes up for in taste.

Tempeh Tacos with Goat Cheese
(printable version)

-1 package of tempeh
-olive oil
-1 1/2 tsp. chili powder
-salt and pepper, to taste
-1 package of frozen corn (10 oz)
-3 cups of baby spinach
-goat cheese, 4 oz.
-1/2 a red onion, sliced
-8 flour tortillas, warmed

1. Warm olive oil in a skillet. Using a cheese grater, grate tempeh into small pieces and add to the skillet along with chili powder, salt and pepper. Cook for five minutes stirring occasionally.

2. Add the frozen corn and cook until heated through (about two minutes). Add the spinach and toss until wilted. Add the goat cheese and stir until melted.

3. Fill the tortillas with tempeh mixture. Top with red onions and salsa.

"Confidants" by Damien is one of those songs that didn't immediately grab me, I thought it was decent. But when it popped up on my player while I was making tacos all of a sudden, I got it. It reminds me a little bit of the Cribs with the earnestness and energy the band puts forth through the song. "Confidants" and the bands newest video single "Unaware Unaware" come from the LP Crippled Cute which you can purchase here. Also check out Damien's myspace page for a couple of free downloads.

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If you live and dine in LA, I came across a pretty cool blog about tacos, The Great Taco Hunt.