Sweet-and-Sour Tofu with Summer Vegetables and Black Rice

From Vegetarian Suppers by Deborah Madison.

For the black rice, measure out 1½ cups black rice. Wash the rice in several changes of water.

-Drain the rice, then put it in a pot and add 2¼ cups water.

-Soak for 1 hour, then add a scant tsp of sea salt and bring to a boil.

-Turn the heat to low and cook for 35 minutes.

-Turn off heat and let the rice stand for 10 minutes to steam before removing the lid.

-Mix together 2 TBS Balsamic vinegar, 3 TBS tamari, a scant TBS light brown or maple sugar and ½ tsp sea salt.

-Chop up 2 slicing tomatoes or ½ pint cherry tomatoes so that you have 1 cup chopped tomatoes.

-Add the tomatoes to the vinegar mixture and set aside.

-Tip and tail several handfuls of green beans.

-Bring a large skillet of water to a boil, add some salt and the beans and cook until just tender/firm.

-Lift them out and rinse to stop the cooking.

-Chop 1 cube of firm tofu into cubes.

-Lower the heat on the skillet and add the tofu, cook for about 3 minutes, then remove to a plate.

-Empty the skillet and return it to the stove.

-Chop up 1 TBS fresh ginger, 1 onion, 2 sweet Italian peppers, 1 large or 2 small summer squash.

 and 4 cloves of garlic.

-Turn the heat on high under the pan and add 4 tsp roasted peanut oil.

-When the pan is hot, add the ginger and stir-fry 30 seconds.

-Then add the onion, yellow peppers and summer squash and stir-fry about 5 minutes.

-Add the garlic, tomatoes, beans and sauce and then the tofu.

-Mix together ¾ cup stock or water and 1 tsp cornstarch and add it to the pan.

-Cook until bubbling and hot, then stir in some chopped cilantro. Serve with the black rice.