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Dinner Tonight: Three-Alarm Tofu with Oyster Mushrooms and Spinach

This is another recipe from Things Cooks Love, and like all the other recipes from the book, this recipe is tied to a specific kitchen tool. For the record, this one is really supposed to be cooked in a wok. Not having one, I used an iron skillet, figuring everything would turn out fine. It didn't. The tofu latched on to the bottom of the skillet, requiring some drastic scraping. I got it sorted out, but the tofu never really browned the way I wanted it to. I'm sure with a nicely seasoned wok I wouldn't have had the same kind of issues. The tofu still sucked up a lot of flavor from the marinade, and was very good, but it wasn't perfect. Maybe next time.

Fortunately the other ingredients made up for the slight imperfection of the tofu. The combination of the oyster mushrooms and spinach is right on. And everything is bathed in a great marinade full of aromatic ginger and garlic. The "three-alarm" warning from the title has less to do with the heat of the marinade (it wasn't that hot) and more with the extreme high heat of the cooking process. Even as a noble failure it was tasty.

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