I spent the Summer holidays at my boyfriend’s parents house in Melbourne. I was excited about plans to go bush walking every few days, cooking a lot and relaxing. I did all of this (YAY) but not exactly in the amounts that I hoped (HUH?!). On the second day of our holidays, we went for a hike/walk. I was running down hill, clumsily tripped over and sprained my ankle quite badly.
I was restricted to the parents’ house for most of the holidays, which was actually a blessing in disguise. Even thought we didn’t do much nature walking, I cooked a lot, talked and sung a lot around the house (sometimes to my boyfriend’s mum, sometimes to myself). Their garden is kinda like a rainforest so I couldn’t complain much!
My bf’s mum and I talked about many things. People, family, the dead skin on our feet and food. When people know that I’m vegan, it is almost inevitable for people to ask me what I cook for myself at home i.e. ‘What do you actually eat? Do you even eat?’. I can almost guarantee that 25% of the people who know that I’m vegan have once said to me ‘I hate tofu… no matter how I cook it, I just can’t stand it’… My boyfriend’s mum said this to me and the words were too familiar.
HOWEVER, this conversation took a different pathway:
Bf’s mum: I hate the texture of tofu. It’s like rubber.
Anthea: There are heaps of different types of tofu… It depends how you cook it.
Bf’s mum: Yes, when I have this conversation with people who like tofu, they always say that… I dare you to cook tofu in a way that is nice.
Anthea: [Excitedly] Of course I can do that!
Bf’s mum: … not just ‘nice’ in Anthea’s way
Anthea: Uuh, I see what you mean… [looks around for inspiration]
Bf’s mum: [Comically raises arms in a soap opera fashion] But something that (bf’s mum’s name) would like.
Anthea: Ok… I’ll see what I can dooo…..
(1 day later)
Anthea and bf are walking at the local shops
Anthea: [Grabs her bf’s arm in random excitement] I KNOW WHAT I’M GOING TO DO! I’m going to make chocolate tofu tarts.
Charming bf: Okkkk… I don’t know what you are talking about… but whatever makes you happy, darling.
I had one opportunity to change my ‘ín-laws’ minds about tofu (no pressure) but I made these chocolate tarts a couple of times before, so I knew it was a safe recipe. Tofu doesn’t have the best rap with non-vegos and I was determined to make it taste yummy
AND I DID IT! They liked the raw tart the most because it was like silky chocolate mousse with no soybean taste.
I added some espresso to the tart filling, to enhance the richness of the chocolate. That was definitely a good idea.
I substituted coconut oil for coconut butter, which I used in previous versions. This substitution did not affect the raw tart, but the baked tart was a different story. The coconut oil separated from everything making the filling a bit spongey rather than fudgy) so I will amend the recipe accordingly. I also used oats instead of nuts which I previously used for the base, but it was a bit too ‘porridgy’ for our liking. So I will keep the recipe as is for the base.
The recipe is an oldie and can be found here.