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Confessions of a culinary cheater: Soba and Spice ( Stop stealing my photographs!!!!) – THIS SITE HAS MOVED

January 20, 2010





Soba noodles with red curry sauce and crispy tofu

So just a note to everyone. I have been finding my photographs on ad campaigns, on corporate websites for the past couple of months and it has annoyed me deeply. The main culprits are Barbadian go figure. The same place I try to represent the same place that steals from me. I have had it up to here with bull crap stories about finding them on some mystery website which has free stock photos of Bajan food. If you know my style and you think you may have seen a picture on my blog posted somewhere else do not hesitate to contact me so I can contact the persons involved. I am tired of people ripping me off and profiting from my work. I have no issues about letting certain people use my work but asking me first is the first step. The copyright laws are always a mess but this foolishness has to stop. These people are using my work vegan or not and passing it off as their own work and getting paid. This has made me contemplate blogging because if I am going to get  a stomach ache and taking pics until my food goes cold and making the effort to style my photographs and some smart person comes around and steals them, then what do I have? Tell me! They have been also been doing to this to another local blogger and it is not fair to us.

So I cheat sometimes…. Yes… I cheat on Caribbean food and find myself cooking all sorts of other dishes  in the week which is great. If it is not a British favourite that I am feeding my reluctant husband who has his hang ups about British food( British food gets a bad rap), it is some Asian delight. I admit that I do not know a whole lot about Asian food but once something has a bold flavour and lots of colour I start to get excited. Did I ever tell you how much I love Soba noodles that I eat them every week! I love the delicate texture and the way how it absorbs whatever sauce you bathe it in. ….I love spicy food as well and when I mean spicy I mean make your nose run spicy but the flavour has to be there. I came up with this recipe by chance because my usual green curry I buy was out of stock and I had too try the red curry paste. Did I ever tell you how I do not like tofu well I still do not but this is a dish I can handle tofu in. I admire vegans who can wolf down tofu like that in any  dish but for me to eat tofu I would have to make it and the sauces and marinades  need to be very bold. Surprisingly, I did not marinate my tofu and I just pan-fried and it was really good. Crispy on the outside like a fried egg and fluffy and soft on the inside… I served my bowl of noodles with Alfalfa sprouts , lime wedges and cilantro leaves and a sprinkle of mild West Indian chillies. Loads of colour, full of flavour and packed with heat for a “peppermouth” like me.

Saucy Soba Noodles with Red Curry Sauce and Crispy Tofu (Spicy)

Red Curry

2 tbs olive oil

1 tsp- 1 ½ tsp red curry paste

2 green onions chopped

2 clove garlic finely minced

1 tsp ginger finely minced

¼ tsp ground coriander (optional)

1 ½ tsp cilantro or coriander leaves minced

1 cup (250ml) coconut milk or light coconut milk

1/3 cup (83 ml) tomato sauce

1 tbs soy sauce

1 tsp lime juice

1 tsp brown sugar


3 tbs canola oil

227g or 8oz tofu cubed how you like

Soba Noodles

3 cups (750 ml) water

6 oz/ 182 g 100% Soba Noodles

Pinch of salt


Alfalfa sprouts gently sautéed in water, a drop of sesame oil and rice vinegar

Caribbean red seasoned peppers

Cilantro leaves

Lime wedges


Heat olive oil on medium heat and add curry paste to release the flavour. Add green onions, ginger, ginger and sauté gently. Reduce heat and add coconut milk, tomato sauce, soy sauce, cilantro/ coriander leaves, lime juice and whisk gently. Add brown sugar and let the mixture gently simmer. Taste and adjust the salt using soy sauce.

Wash and dry tofu. Heat canola oil on medium heat. Fry tofu turning until all four sides are crispy. You can also bake the tofu by marinating it first and tossing it in one tablespoon of oil and baking on high heat. (The tofu in this recipe is not seasoned as the sauce packs a lot of flavour).

Cook soba noodles based on the directions on the back of package. Wash gently in some warm water and drain.

Assemble your bowl by adding some sauce at the bottom, then adding the soba noodles, the sprouts, and blocks of tofu then some sauce again. Decorate with lime wedges, cilantro leaves and seasoned peppers.

Another notice is that I updated my Gooseberry post with new pictures and a new recipe so check that out as well.

11 Comments leave one →
  1. January 20, 2010 2:11 pm

    That creamy sauce and those beautiful colours! Amazing recipe, Tay.

  2. Taymer permalink*
    January 20, 2010 2:14 pm

    Thanks for commeting
    I am trying something new lol

  3. January 22, 2010 6:27 pm

    Tay this looks very appetizing.

  4. January 22, 2010 9:03 pm

    Strange as it may seem, the first thing that got me was “spicy”. I’m sure this is very tasty. 🙂

  5. January 22, 2010 11:00 pm

    Ugh, photo snatchers are the WORST, I feel you pain on that. Although it is a compliment, and I understand why some might get sticky fingers- Your photos are lovely, and this one in particular is really drool-worthy. I usually got the plain old tamari/ginger/garlic route with soba, so I’m excited to get a spicier new approach!

  6. January 23, 2010 10:51 am

    Feeling your pain on the picture theft. No way is it a compliment to have someone steal from you. I mean if someone saw your car, liked it and stole it from you, would you feel complimented? No way. To take the analogy even further, not only have they stolen your ride but they are now driving around your neighbourhood, picking up and charging passengers a fee and waving and smiling at you!

  7. January 23, 2010 8:22 pm

    The red curry sauce is mouth-watering good! I’m always impressed with the quality and obvious time you put into your photos – this one is no exception 🙂 – so you have every right to demand that they not be stolen. Hope you get it resolved, or at least that it stops.

  8. January 25, 2010 6:30 am

    I am SO sorry your photos are getting stolen! That must be absolutely infuriating.

    On a happier note this bowl of noodles looks and sounds incredible. You have a talent for mixing and matching spices and seasonings perfectly. I want to come to your house for dinner!

  9. February 2, 2010 1:02 pm

    Protect your photos. I know there is some sort of html code you can add into your advanced html section that protects your images. People can’t right click and save.

    I’m not sure where I found it and I don’t have it anymore, but I thought I’d throw it out there.

    Other than that I love your blog. Cheers.

    • Taymer permalink*
      February 2, 2010 1:05 pm

      Thanks I will look into that at once and I will use my discretion for what I post as it relates to my book.

  10. June 6, 2011 12:57 pm

    Hi there! Someone in my Myspace group shared this website with us so I came to give it a look. I’m definitely loving the information. I’m book-marking and will be tweeting this to my followers! Great blog and superb design and style.

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