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Monday, July 19, 2010

Eggplant and Tofu - Saffron Cream Sauce

I almost feel bad even posting this recipe it was kind of thrown together here. Even when you have the summer off it still seems so busy with things to do. I tend to get myself in trouble when someone asks for the recipe and I don't always have one. I like to eyeball ingredients when I add them, but I will try to get it as close as I remember. I also usually use what I have so if it seems odd that's one reason!

1 eggplant diced
1 lb firm tofu diced
4 oz mushrooms
1 shallot
green chillies - I used mild ones
1 bunch fresh spinach - I also use frozen which I always have on hand-
1 tsp or a good pinch saffron threads
1 tblsp garlic ginger paste
1 tblsp tomato paste
I used some mushroom paste too but this is optional
1 tsp ginger fresh grated
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp coriander
1 tsp turmeric
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup cream
1 cup milk

In a large pan I used a dutch oven - with some butter or olive oil brown or saute the tofu then remove to a plate with some paper towel. With a little more butter or olive oil saute the shallots, then add chillies, eggplant then mushrooms, cook until tender. I then added the pastes, stirring it all in, then the rest of the seasonings. I like to add my seasonings before the liquid, except the saffron, which you add with the liquids. Add the sour cream, then cream and milk and saffron, then tofu, mix it all together and heat through and the sauce thickens.

Serve over some rice! Viola! Like I said sort of all thrown together, but sometimes cooking is like that! So is life!

I guess this would be good for a meatless Monday!
I am also sharing some photos of an Osprey in her nest.

We saw several of them along the Intercoastal Waterway, from Sarasota to Venice.
Yesterday I was trying to make some roti and it wasn't quite right. It would of gone perfect with this dish. I'll keep working at it!
Hope you all have a great Monday! Wow it's Monday already!


  1. Hi Lyndsey ! How are you doing ? Just got back after a vacation in India..Missed a lot of yummy to catch up now.

    This sure goes well with rotis..

  2. The tofu looks incredible.I eat a lot of Tofu. And I am running out of making these in an edible way. Thanks for sharing one ..right on time!

  3. Love the osprey photos, Lyndsey!

    I have rarely been a tofu fan (the one time I really liked it, it was grilled), but I do love eggplant and I think with the marvelous flavors in your sauce, I might really go for this!

  4. I seldom...or really never eat tofu...but this does seem like a nice way to eat it.

  5. An unusual combo but I bet it was fabulous!

  6. Your recipe is tempting me to go to the store and purchase tofu.

  7. Hey Lyndsey! I haven't been keeping up with my blog posts or my reading! Your blog looks fantastic though, I only wish I had the time & energy to experiment! I hope you're having a great summer, everything looks yummy!

  8. Namitha - It's good to have you back, I'll bet you had a wonderful time. It doesn't take long to get behind on blog reading! Thanks for stopping by!

    Jhonny, glad you liked it. I often like to crispy pan fried tofu, then add it to many different things. I'll keep checking you site for more ideas!

    Barbara - We often see osprey nests but not all that often when the birds are still in them! It was so fun seeing it.

    Bo - You can use most anything in it. I know I could make tofu where you'd like it. Lol!

    Cool - Lol! yes, I said it was a little different! :) I was good though!

    Linda - ha! you can use anything that you like in it really.

    Mel - I know it's so easy to get behind. It's great that you're keeping busy this summer. There are a couple of local blogger getting together if you want to join us. No idea when yet! Glad you stopped by!

  9. So fantastic, I love your culinary creations--they are original and full of great flavor insights, Lyndsey. Thanks so much for sharing these and your spirit of warmth here!

  10. Oh Lyndz, that tofu dish sounds awesome! I've never tried tofu in curry flavour recipe before. I bet it tastes as wonderful. I'll give it a try soon. Thanks for sharing, dear. Enjoy your day! Yeap, it's Monday... fortunately, not a blue Monday! =o) Have fun!
    Blessings, Kristy

  11. I am also the type to cook using whatever ingredients I have at hand and add them by my own judgement, hence the difficulty in producing the same dish the second time round! I love this tofu dish of yours, I would eat it with naan bread:)

  12. saffron is so dreamy... and creamy in this case! :o)

  13. wow this looks wonderful and what a cool snap of the osprey love birds of prey Rebecca

  14. Beautiful pictures of the osprey and the nest. Just beautiful!

  15. I view this recipe as your twist of Chinese mapo tofu! Quick to cook, but looks awesome!!

  16. Saffron always elevates a dish to another level. Love the sauce.

  17. That's lovely Lyndsey, I love Tofu and this could be a great recipe to try.

  18. Beautiful pics..nice recipe..looks so yummy!!

  19. Bentobird - thanks, I'm glad you can appreciate it :)

    Thanks Kristy - I think you'll like tofu in a curry dish! Enjoy!

    Jeannie - Thanks, so you understand me!! I should of thought ahead an made some naan!

    Kris - Lol! yes dreamy, creamy saffron!

    Thank you Rebecca and Ana, it was so cool to see them in their nests.

    the lacquer spoon - thanks, now I have to check out Chinese mapo tofu!

    Sam - I know and once you start to use saffron you want to use it again!

    Sanjeeta kk - thanks, and just remember how adjustable it is!

    Thank you Sarah!

  20. What a lovely way to prepare tofu. Your dish looks really tasty. I love the photos you've shared with us today. We don't get to see osprey here, soi it's a treat for me to see them in their natural habitat. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

  21. That look yummy ... I love tofu but don't cook it often as hubby *refuses* to eat it lol. Loved the osprey nest photos, too :)

  22. you have so many great flavors going on there....your saffron cream sounds delicious!!

  23. Lyndsey...I'm a big fan of eye-balling everything I cook...hence, I totally get where you're coming from. I only started measuring things since I started my culinary blog! I do kinda of miss the ole days ;O)

    The saffron sauce must certainly blend well with tofu...which, I honestly would probably not thought of.
    Thanks for the idea and flavourful wishes,

  24. Lyndsey I think this look really yummy I wanna try this recipe! x gloria

  25. The osprey is so cool. Love the tofu sauce!!!

  26. I've been meaning to buy some saffron. It gives this dish such a great color.

  27. Some of the best things are just thrown together!! I love the pictures!

  28. Don't feel bad. Sometimes throw together dish is the best and this looks good!

  29. Love your creamy tofu and eggplant dish. That would be good with anything. I like it. Love the osprey shots!

  30. I would never have came up with a dish like this but I bet it was delicious. Love the osprey!

  31. I love things that are thrown together... This sounds wonderful!

  32. I always cook by eyeballing and it makes it very hard to share recipes! When I know it's something I want to blog about, I try to pay attention to how much I'm dumping, but it's really hard to pay attention!


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