This is not news but it is very real. I am a hopeless Aaron Sorkin addict.
Now this might seem strange considering he’s up there with Hemingway* when it comes to creating childish and confusing female characters** but I am shamelessly in love with the Sorkin universe. I want to live in a world where his brain can run for president and control our mainstream media. Instead I’m just going to have to be happy with the next season of The Newsroom coming out soon and marathons of The West Wing with Dan.
We’re only to the third season but I admit I crave it nightly. I’m so in love – I don’t even notice Moira Kelly and Bradley Whitford‘s terrible – just awful – hairstyles and have found a way to block out Ainsley Hayes***. I find myself cheering like this guy when the Bartlett administration stands up to someone trying to blackmail or bully them. I even find myself at the point of tears when Toby buries the forgotten soldier and Bartlett tells God off. But I will admit that every time the credits begin to roll and I see Peggy Noonan in the credits – I do something like this. I just can’t stand that lady.
You’re probably wondering what this has to do with this French inspired recipe that was listed amongst Julia Child’s signature dishes. Well, as we inch closer to Valentine’s Day and romantic plots and schemes are being formed… I wanted to suggest an indoor picnic.
This recipe is easy and fancy. The oven will warm your house. You’ll have an open bottle of wine to share and if you’re like us – you can put on The West Wing and cuddle on the sofa. A pretty perfect date if you ask me.
Herb de Provence Roasted Tofurky
1 Tofurky or Vegan Holiday Roast, defrosted
1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon Herb de Provence
2 Lemons (one for zesting and one for slices on top)
2 Shallots, thinly sliced
2 1/2 teaspoons Bragg’s Liquid Amino Acids
Dash of Liquid Smoke
1 teaspoons Lemon Pepper
4 Tablespoons Olive Oil
2 Tablespoons White Wine
Pre-heat oven 350.
Place your defrosted Tofurky in a shallow baking dish. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together Herb de Provence, 1 tablespoon Lemon Zest, Shallots, Braggs, Liquid Smoke, Lemon Pepper, Olive Oil and White Wine. Using either a brush or your hands, coat your Tofurky with the Herb and Oil mix. Make sure you get underneath the Tofurky. Place 3 to 4 slices of Lemon on top of the Tofurky. Then drizzle about 2 tablespoons Herb and Oil mix over the top of the Lemons. Cover with foil and put in the oven.
Allow to bake for 30 minutes and then pull your Tofurky out to baste with more Herb and Oil mix. You’ll want to blend your Herb and Oil mix before you baste – in case it separates. Recover and put back in the oven and allow to bake for another 15 to 20 minutes or until your Tofurky is a very light golden brown and has a lightly crispy skin.
After you remove your Tofurky from the oven, uncover and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Using a spoon, take some of the Herb and Oil bland that has collected at the bottom and drizzle it over the top of your Tofurky.
We served our with some steamed green beans. We mixed the leftover Herb and Oil mix with Balsamic Vinegar and drizzled it over the top of the green beans.
*I admit I like Hemingway too but I also admit they are both pretty clueless when it comes to making believable female characters. They’re just so 2 dimensional, childish and flibber-jebittery – I HATE flibber-jebittery.
**I exception to this is C.J.Craig. I adore C.J.Craig. If I lived in Sorkinworld – I would want to either be her or be her BFF.
***What kind of spoiled bratty jerk doesn’t support the ERA? Oh that’s right a rich privileged white woman who went to an Ivy League Law School who thinks their experience as a woman reflects the experience of all women. Ugh. I get they added her to try to make the show bi-partisan but she’s just the worst.