Thursday, August 16, 2012

A series of scrambles (part 2)

The man and I have been holiday deprived for what feels like forever and with a new pup in our care the situation wasn't looking like it was about to change any time soon. Our compromise was to find some pet friendly accommodation and head off for a 5 day long weekend for a bit of relaxation time. We found a suitable cottage for us in Johanna Beach, 30 minutes out of Apollo Bay on the Great Ocean Road which was a small pocket in that region we had yet to explore.

When it comes to holidaying I like to be prepared when it comes to food. On this occasion I spent all of my time and energy organising meals that the young man could reheat with minimal fuss as he wasn't coming away with us. As we were going to be self catering during the trip it felt like I was relocating most of the kitchen although I did try to be strict and limit our supplies to a few tins of beans, rice, bread, a couple of dried herbs and spices, tofu, soy milk and of course, plenty of fresh fruit and veg. The food I ended up cooking was fairly simple yet it all tasted great. Some of the meals we enjoyed were a thrown together tofu and vegetable curry which lasted a couple of nights, chorizo sausages in hot dog rolls and fried onions, sandwiches for lunches and one of our favourite tofu scrambles.

This Mediterranean styled scramble isn't one of the young man's favourite versions as he detests olives and isn't very fond of sun-dried tomatoes so it was the perfect time for the man and I to have another fix. It was originally made up on a night when there was a household of adolescent males over eating pizza and watching a football game so I wanted to throw something quick together for the two of us. At the time I wasn't sure if I would be able to replicate the meal as I hadn't taken notes or measured anything but it's pretty much worked out the same on a couple of subsequent occasions. I love the flavours of oregano, basil pesto, olives and sun-dried tomatoes in this scramble and the mushrooms, tomatoes and spinach all blend in nicely.

Ollie seemed to enjoy his holiday just as much as we did and loved going to the beach and having his first swim. We also managed to see a few sights like the 12 Apostles and glow worms at night in Melba Gully. It wasn't the longest break but it was wonderful to wind down and recharge our batteries for a bit. Now to catch up on all of those blog posts I've missed reading lately!

This is the second part of my scramble series. Click here to read about my Mexican inspired scramble.

Mediterranean tofu scramble

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small brown onion, sliced into thin half moons
2 cloves garlic, minced
250g mushrooms, sliced
1 teaspoon dried oregano
350g firm tofu
2 medium tomatoes, diced
15-20 kalamata olives, cut into halves
50g sun-dried tomato slices, drained of excess oil
1/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
2 teaspoons basil pesto
75g baby spinach leaves
3 spring onions, sliced (optional)
freshly ground black pepper

Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat and fry the onion until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir through the garlic for a minute then add the mushrooms and cook until soft. Crumble in the tofu followed by the oregano and stir until everything is combined.

 Add the tomatoes, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, water, salt and basil pesto and allow to cook until the tomatoes are soft and almost all of the liquid has evaporated. Stir through the spinach and spring onions (if using) and serve immediately with some freshly cracked black pepper when the spinach has just wilted.


  1. Glad to hear you were able to get away for a small holiday! I'm actually be driving the Great Ocean Road next week with stops at Apollo Bay too, cool!

    Sun-dried tomatoes make tofu scrambles so flavorful and tasty, love the combination of veg and spices with them!

    1. Thanks for stopping by NutriWife! Hope you enjoy your travels along the Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay is lovely as are so many of the towns along the coast.

      I adore sun-dried tomatoes and can't believe I haven't added them to a scramble before this one!

  2. Hooray for a holiday! And that Mediterranean scramble looks delish!

    1. Yes hooray for a holiday but I'm ready for another one already! ;)

  3. Sounds like a wonderful getaway! I can't wait till we get some time to take Tika camping or on some other holiday!

    1. It was a great little break. We are hoping to do some camping trips with Ollie soon too even if it's just for a weekend here and there. Doggie holidays are a lot of fun.

  4. This scramble looks lovely and your getaway sounds great - Ollie certainly looks very happy with it! I too struggle with not transporting the whole kitchen when we go away in the car, but self-catering is such a great way to do things. I'm glad you had an enjoyable time (but does this mean you're not making it to WA?) :)

    1. Ollie really enjoyed it as he had our attention all the time and we were doing activities that were fun for him. I much prefer self-catering especially when travelling to rural places where vegan food is either scarce, non-existent or tastes terrible.

      Re. our potential trip to WA. I'm not sure we will be going ahead with it as planned at the end of the year for a few reasons. One reason is getting a commitment from the young man and the other is Ollie. We have chopped and changed our minds about travel plans so many times this year so it may still happen but at this stage it's unlikely. It's a pity as I would have loved to meet you for a coffee or a meal...

  5. Love the scramble - mediterranean flavours seem just right with tofu. I've done this sort of thing before but not so much with olives.

    Glad you got a break. Ollie looks like he is having a wonderful time. I always remember my mum and dad's dog being freaked out by the waves though she didn't take long to learn to love the beach. And Johanna Beach is in such a beautiful part of the state - and great name too :-)

    1. I love to use olives whenever the young man isn't eating with us and they fitted in so perfectly here.

      It was great to get a break and introduce Ollie to the beach. I did think of you when I made the booking! Johanna is such a beautiful beach and the surrounds are gorgeous too.

  6. Sounds beautiful to me - a few days off, some kickass scramble and a dog having fun at the beach. What more could you ask for?!

    1. A few more days would have been nice but hey, you can't have everything!