Tofu in Spinach Gravy
Though witches and wizards have a rather pagan reputation, it doesn't mean that's true note that at Hogwart's, they observe Christmas in much the same way muggles do. So we can assume they have a Christian tradition, or they at least know about it. Previously, we have presented an Easter group of recipes and stories, thus we assume that some wizards and those at Hogwart's also observe Lent, the 40 days of fasting and sacrifice leading up to Easter. This can typically include giving up such things as meat in their daily fare for at least part of the time.
But it doesn't mean Lent is austere or boring! For years, the the Two Fat Saxon Witches have given dinner parties at this time of year which were completely meatless and totally satisfying and successful. Though no one knows where the pair really came from, they are formidable, respected, and they know a lot about food and cooking. An invitation to one of their meals is a high honor, indeed.
One year, they invited several ministry workers and their families for an Indian feast; they did not reveal that no meat would be served. It was highly successful in that no one seemed to miss the flesh they were so used to eating, because the food was so substantial and interesting that the guests were simply lost in the deliciousness of it all.
Ron was telling Harry and Hermione about the feast of no meats; his friends were incredulous! So to prove it was true, he got a recipe from his mother that she had managed to get from the Two Fat Witches themselves. The original Indian version is made with a low-fat cheese, but it's rather better with ... tofu! When Ron was done serving up the dish, his friends had to agree with food like this, Lent is no deprivation, but an opportunity for new ideas and taste sensations!
In a big skillet or pot, heat the vegetable oil till it's smoking, and toss in the onions till they are almost soft, then toss in the garlic and cook till that's softened, too. Add the ginger, curry powder, and cayenne pepper. Stir and cook till the smell of the spices gets pretty strong and toasty.
Add the spinach and as much of the cooking water as needed to be able to stir up the whole concoction. Add enough milk to loosen the texture so it's more like a thick gravy rather than a pile of spinach. Add salt to taste. Then carefully stir in the blotted* tofu cubes, being careful not to break them up. This can sit for a few minutes to let the tofu soak up some of the liquid; if it gets too thick, add a bit more milk.
Serves 8 as a meal, about 12 or more as a side dish.
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