I’ve been to New York several times, and I always kick myself for never visiting TeaNY - or Momofuku Milk Bar (but that’s for another post). TeaNY is a special lower east side teahouse. Despite that, I have the cookbook Kelly and then boyfriend- Moby created.
It’s not your standard cookbook, actually neither Kelly or Moby really consider it a ‘cookbook’ in the traditional sense. It’s filled with their romance that sprouted TeaNY; a locals view of lower east side history (one of my favorite parts of NYC), vignette’s on the food and patrons that make up the vibe of TeaNY – and of course, tea. Lot’s and lots of TEA.
I go through food phases; right now it’s vegan. I’ve done some vegan baking and I’ve been quite pleased with the results, but I wanted to explore the savory side. So I cooked through some of TeaNY’s recipes and I’m happy to report, I would make all of them again!
One of my favorites, is a rich and creamy vegan vodka pasta. What!… huh?, and a [what] again? How is this possible? Kelly makes it possible by brilliantly combining silken tofu, tomato sauce, kalamata olives and sherry to create a dish ANY omnivore would devour. My unreasonably – if not outlandishly picky toddler scarfed this down like a 1st grader! Literally… I blink, and it’s gone! And like ‘Oliver’ from that horrific (in my opinion) tale – I hear that ‘short-straw’ drawn word; “more”!!! Pinch me, I must be dreaming!?! Unlike Oliver’s perilous plight, Ketan’s bowl is quickly re-vamped, elongating and sharing with us (for a change) what proved to be a ‘fine’- dining experience.
This recipe whips up in a snap. And I loved using the extra sauce (because you can always use some ‘extra’) for homemade pizza.
- 1/3 cup silken tofu
- 10 kalmata olives, pitted
- 2 cups jarred tomato sauce; Local Sonoma choice: Mia’s Kitchen Tomato Basil Sauce
- 2 tablespoons vegan butter
- 1 tablespoon white cooking sherry
Throw all ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth. Heat on stove top and pour over your favorite pasta. Top with a little vegan parmesan cheese and fresh basil from your garden and get ready for something good.
Update: Looks like TeaNY is for sale!