The Best Part

I recently realized, upon recognizing that I have no plans for the Fourth of July, that the best part of this “getting older” thing was Not Giving a Shit.

All throughout college, and even for a few years later, there were a few nights every year where I just had to have plans to feel cool. These nights included New Years Eve, Halloween, Memorial Day, and the Fourth of July. 

Now I view these days as days where something fun may go down, but they’re mostly just excuses to drink heavily at huge parties with lots of people who you probably don’t know and will never see again. This is why I don’t put much weight in making plans for these momentous occasions anymore. 

One of my good friend’s and his fiancee have a New Years Eve party every year that’s rather low key and lovely. And if I feel the need to eat BBQ on the Fourth or Memorial Day, I can order it (or cook it! – which has never happened but I know I’m capable of it).

When I see the Instagrams of girls in their early twenties getting dressed up to eventually be blacking out in the early hours of the next morning, I think, “Oh, it was fun, for sure,” when I didn’t know any better, but I’m glad as f*ck that it’s not my life anymore. 

I went to a Memorial Day BBQ this weekend and the host was vegetarian and hostess was vegan, so I pulled out this recipe for “Baked Sesame Tofu” that my aunt gave me back in March.  Apparently she’d been to a friend’s house for a party where this dish was served and so many people asked for the recipe that she sent it in their holiday card the following year.  I decided it was the perfect dish to make for my friend’s party, and it was incredibly easy.  

I don’t have a picture of the final product unfortunately – we cooked it on the grill last night and photographing the finished product was the last thing on my mind.  I didn’t taste it either but I received lots of compliments so I think it was a hit.  Here’s the recipe:  

  1. Slice tofu block into ½ inch slabs.
  2. For the marinade combine 1tbs olive oil, 1 tbs sesame oil, 2 tbs apple cider vinegar, one tbs soy sauce (or tamari), ½ tbs sweetner (honey, sugar, etc), and salt, pepper, and cayenne to taste.
  3. Marinate the tofu for at least 3 hours (I marinated overnight).
  4. Bake at 350* for 20 minutes on each side.
  5. Sprinkle each side with sesame seeds.

Happy Memorial Day!