Ground Chipotle Tempeh Tacos/Soundgrowler Bouquet of Regrets/Jex Thoth “Blood Moon Rise”
Even before we started eating all whole food plant based we’d always sprinkle in some vegetarian options throughout the week. Tempeh was one of those things we ate more for health than for flavor. It’s basically a dense brick of brown rice and soy that’s about as permeable as a sheet of glass. The trick (as we found out tonight) is to shred it using a cheese grater for truly excellent results. The shredded tempeh gets hit with adobo sauce, vegetable broth and La Curandera until it is all absorbed rendering a pan of what looks like turkey taco meat. We pile on the toppings with a red onion and jalapeño pico and warm salsa all tucked into grilled corn tortillas. Of course if we’re having tacos and craft beer, no one does either one better than Soundgrowler Brewing so we’re featuring them again, this time with their Bouquet of Regrets IPA. On the stereo we cranked up the slow melodic doom of Madison Wisconsin’s Jex Thoth and their killer 2013 release “Blood Moon Rise”.
Ground Chipotle Tempeh Tacos – This is a super quick weekend night meal that takes only about 15 minutes from start to finish. We start by taking a couple blocks of tempeh and using the largest holes on a box grater, shred the tempeh into a course ground.
In a cast iron pan we add a couple tablespoons of vegetable broth and the ground Tempeh. We’re going to season heavily with a couple of tablespoons of La Curandera.
With the grill still going, we warm up some fresh corn tortillas.
We spoon the seasoned tempeh into the tortillas and top with finely minced red onion and jalapeño and a spoon of warm salsa.
Soundgrowler Bouquet of Regrets – Every time a new IPA is released by these guys, we immediately exclaim “THIS, is our new favorite!” Truth be told they all are and Bouquet of Regrets is right up there. This is the first of their Prism series of one-off IPAs. An experimental hop was used that produces huge tangerine and cannabis notes with a nice resiny backbone. The beer paired up great with the spicy tacos.
Jex Thoth “Blood Moon Rise” – Following the Alice Cooper format, Jex Thoth is the band’s name as well as the name of the frontwoman and brainchild behind these midwestern doomsters. Influenced by classic psychedelic bands of the late 60s/early 70s as well classic doom bands, the result is an abnormally catchy set of songs for material this dark and gloomy.