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. 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…

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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. 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.

  5. 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.

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