Last night, I dropped by Fally’s for a rockin’ Oscar party. It was nice to be surrounded my humans who talked back and who didn’t get all defensive when the doorbell rang…unlike one puppy I know.
Yummy brownies and spinach & cheese dip.
I’m pretty ticked-off at the Academy for snubbing Pan’s Labrynith for Best Foreign Film. I’m also bummed about Little Miss Sunshine, Abigail Breslin, losing Best Supporting Actress So, Hollyweird – kiss my butt.
I also spent my weekend cooking, writing and taking advantage of a break in the winter weather.
This is saffron cream rice with sauteed tofu and peas
This weekend, I went shopping at Cosmos in Topeka. It’s an Indian food store with flavors from around the world. I found pansit noodles and Mama Sita’s adobo powder there. I decided to do an Indian-inspired rice dish after picking up some tasty frozen samosas with potatoes and peas.
1 can of Jyoti Saffron Cream Sauce
4+ cups of chicken broth
3 cups of rice
Tofu (cut into chunks)
In a wok, I covered the tofu with olive oil, garlic salt and onion powder. I let it saute at medium heat until the tofu skin turned crispy. Then I took it off the heat and set it off to the side.
In a paella pan (or you could use any large, deep pan), I sauteed the rice with olive oil and garlic salt until golden. Then I stirred in some chicken broth to cover the rice. Watch out for the steaming action when the broth hits the hot surface. After the broth reduces to less than half, I added in the rest of the chicken broth, the entire can of saffron cream sauce and peas. I brought the mixture up to a boil and then I set the stove temperature to low and covered the pan. I let the mixture simmer for 15 minutes.
That’s it. I added the sauteed tofu on top of the rice and it went nicely with the spicy dish. The rice had a wonderful earthy flavor combined with savory saffron sauce.
I also baked some samosas as a side dish. Later this week, I want to try the leftovers with the dosai mixture I picked up from Cosmos.
On Saturday afternoon, the stormy weather moved away for a little bit. I took Daisy out for a walk at Gage Park. I checked out the Bark Park and decided it was too muddy for my puppy. She went bonkers on her leash when she caught site of squirrels. I hate squirrels. She whimpered and strained against her collar, begging to tear the little rodents to pieces. Crazy Daisy.