Almost Vegetarian Tacos with Hemp and Peanut Salsa - We can start with the salsa which is unique to say the least but goes really well with the flavors we have going on in the tacos. In a blender combine 1/2 cup of chunky peanut butter with 3/4 cup of milk, a small handful of fresh cilantro, 1 small chopped white onion, 1 dried ancho chile pepper, 1/4 cup of hemp seeds, a drizzle of olive oil, some dried cumin and salt. Pulse until well blended but still a little chunky.
Cover and chill the salsa so we can move on to the tofu. Brown a link of chorizo in an ungreased skillet until the fat has rendered. Remove the sausage with a slotted spoon.
Take a block of extra firm tofu, wrap in paper towel and gently press to remove the moisture. Slice into planks then into rectangles and add to the pan. Pan fry until the tofu is a burnt orange color.
Next we char some corn tortillas over an open flame to get them pliable.
We then nestle a few slices of the tofu on top of the tortillas along with a sprinkle of freshly shredded chipotle cheddar.
A scoop of the peanut hemp salsa goes right atop requiring only a few sprigs of cilantro and a drizzle of sriracha to complete these tacos. The flavors were amazing, without setting out to, we created a nice little Asian/Mexican fusion with all of these unique flavors that really complemented each other well.
Noble Order Katapult - Back down to Richmond Indiana's Noble Order Brewing tonight and going a little lighter with their take on a classic kolsch. Katapult possesses a hazy yellow pour with a frothy extra white head. The aroma is appropriately lemony and yeasty for the style. The flavor is crisp, light and slightly sweet with a bitter, tingly finish. It's a fine example of this summery style beer. Those qualities made it pair especially well with the lighter taco fare as well.
Doctor Doom "This Seed We Have Sewn" - This great psychedelic bluesy band may hail from France but they have roots clearly planted in the Swedish stoner rock soil. There is the dark doom of Witchcraft mixed with the hooks and catchiness of The Hellacopters and the fuzzy psychedelia of Thulsa Doom making for a cool, rocking jammy concoction. "The Sun" is the opener and it sets a darker tone with it's horror-like spoken word intro that quickly turns into Kenny Wayne Shepherd-esque hard and heavy blues. On "Abso-Fuckin'-Lutely" things go a little more into late 60s garage rock thanks to a heavy dose of the organ. The song grooves along like a mother too. "Stuck in the Past" again harkens back to the early classic rock-era sharing more than a few commonalities with Derek and the Dominoes. Going for a Police-like "Message in a Bottle" feel complete with the killer bass work is "So Jinxed". "Relax You're Dead" is an easy-rollicking tune that is jazzy, bluesy and psychedelic all at the same time. You know those slower, bluesy CoC tunes that Pepper Keenan will croon from time to time, that's pretty much what you get on "At War With Yourself" with a a little Thulsa Doom thrown in. "Truth in the Dark" dials even deeper into the rock and roll sound catalog. The harmonies and clean guitar sound combine early 60s surf rock with The Beatles. The album ends with the minute long auspicious "To Be Continued...". After this amazing album over and over, we can only hope that's the case.