Music for your Mouth: Spice Girls

When I was in primary school, you were either team Hanson or team Spice Girls. Admittedly I was team Hanson, however that doesn’t really fit into the theme I’m going for, so I’m going to throw the Spice Girls a bone and include them in MoFo.

I probably should have made something hot and spicy, but ah well, this’ll have to do.


spicegirls3My mum recently bought me a jar of really nice organic spice rub which I have been using to make baked tofu for an easy weeknight meal. When my stocks started running low, I took a squiz at the ingredient list and tried to create my own version which I think came up pretty well. You could easily multiply this recipe and keep a jar of it on hand to cut down prep time.


Spice Rubbed Baked Tofu
(serves 3-4)

350g firm tofu, pressed and sliced
Juice of half a lemon
1 tsp olive oil

1 Tbsp dried rosemary
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried sage
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp coconut sugar

Preheat your oven to 200C and lightly grease a baking tray.

Prepare your spice rub.Depending on what form your herbs are in, you may need to grind them up a bit. I had home dried sprigs of rosemary, and I ran out of dried oregano so used fresh, so I had bits of all different sizes and consistencies. Regardless of the others, you will need to grind your mustard seeds – use a mortar and pestle to do this. After grinding the seeds, I added the remaining ingredients and just ground them all up together. Tip spice mix onto a small plate.

Combine lemon juice and oil in a small bowl or dish. Brush each tofu piece with the lemon mix, then dredge through the spice mix. Get your hands dirty and give each piece a good rub as you go. Lay out on baking tray.

spicegirls4Bake for 15 minutes, then flip and bake for a further 10. At this point, I like to turn on the grill and chuck them under just to crisp them up a bit.

spicegirls2Serve with a lemon wedge and a side salad, such as this strawberry balsamic salad.




  1. Ha! I was watching Spice Girls clips today. And Hanson are still gorgeous šŸ˜›

    1. When I went to grab the link to a video for the post, I watched heaps of them! How funny. Some of them are kind of cool šŸ˜‰

  2. Yum! I love spice rubbed tofu, there’s one in Appetite For Reduction that’s especially delicious. I think I was on team Hanson at school, Mmm Bop has never lost it’s catchy brilliance in my mind!

    1. Is that the chili lime one? I love it! Totally agree with you – Hanson were brilliant. I always thought they were cooler because they played instruments. I had a crush on Zac until I found silverchair and then my future husband became Daniel Johns. I must have had a thing for long blonde hair…

  3. Sal says:

    If I had been in school still when this war was happening I’d have been team spice girls all the way! Girl power and all that crap. hahaha. Your tofu looks rad!

    1. Thanks Sal! Haha that was the slogan wasn’t it? GIRL POWERRRR!!!

  4. Kip Dorrell says:

    hahahahaahuahauhaa anyone who can get Hanson and Spice Girls into a post about tofu is brilliant, full stop. P.S. I was already a grown up when Hanson was cool and was still obsessed.

    1. Haha thanks Kip! šŸ˜€ They certainly took over the world didn’t they? I loved the rollerblading film clip…I think it was where’s the love? They were so coooooool. Apparently they still play and have had many albums since the mmmbop days.

  5. can’t say I was ever much of a fan – more fascinated by the marketing and their riding the zeitgeist – but I do love a good spice mix and yours sounds really good – I haven’t thought to use them on tofu but it is an excellent idea

    1. The marketing was pretty full on wasn’t it? There was even a movie! Craaazy.

  6. Jennifer says:

    TOTALLY LOVING your blog here! Thanks for visiting mine, for commenting, and for entering! I will be posting about another giveaway later today and have also blogged twice since you last visit – I’ve been a bit of a blogging fool lately, I guess you could say! LOL šŸ™‚ Would it be ok if I included you on my links page? I also LOVE that you use music to associate your dishes! Totally up my alley!!!!!

    1. Thanks so much Jennifer! Wow – you’re a blogging machine, good on you! Absolutely you can add me to your links page, that would be lovely. Nice ‘meeting’ you šŸ˜€ x

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  8. Yum! I love how many different ways you can make baked tofu – this looks great!

  9. onesonicbite says:

    I was on both teams! I love the Spice Girls more but I did get to go see Hanson in concert, and almost went again as an adult last year. XD

    1. Woah – you saw them? So cool! I remember my friend saying that she had heard Hanson were in Australia and had been spotted at a 7-11, so she went and hung out at her local suburban supermarket all day hoping they would turn up…hehe.

  10. Moon says:

    Loving your blog theme!

    I never thought I would reach the point where I would crave tofu. Lately, I’ve been craving tofu. This post has pushed it over the edge. I need me some tofu so I can try this recipe.

    1. Thanks Moon! I was thinking exactly the same thing – when I first went vegetarian I had to force myself to eat the stuff – I just didn’t get it! Now I appreciate the amazing things you can do with it to make it delicious.

  11. Jasmine says:

    I love baked tofu! That Bop song used to drive me mad Ha ha ha :o)

    1. It’s frustratingly catchy isn’t it?!

  12. dimsimkitty says:

    I was definitely Team Spice Girls, but Mmmm Bop has endeared itself to me over time.

    1. It was so funny how big the divide was (at my school anyway). Hanssoooonnnnnn!

  13. Bonnie says:

    Your posts are making me hungry! I love herb-coated tofu and this combination sounds really good.

    1. Thank you šŸ˜€ I love any kind of tofu crust or coating.

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