Sunday, April 22, 2012

Eggplant Sauce & Finding New Inspiration

Hello everybody,
Sorry 'cause I didn't post in a while..I know totally not like me. Had some fun days, and some lazy days...can't you tell that I wasn't posting since Tuesday?! 
I have been blogging for bit over year and a half, and not very often I have this blockage of what to write or what to share with you. I have so many projects that I am working on that I think my body or more like my brain need a break. With 307 posts, and almost all of them are recipes...I have hard time finding new inspiration, something new, you know! So I took a stroll through the woods, went barefoot in the river,



goofed around with my kids & hubby, watched Tv like addict staying in my PJ all day long (well that was fun for a day or two),



played with photo editing, tried different recipe combinations, and visited my fellow bloggers for the inspiration....




Eggplant Sauce with chicken, potatoes and salad

On the end...well, I ended up with roasted chicken and mashed potatoes...oh wait! There is actually new sauce that I made with eggplant..will just have to share that with you. 


Eggplant Sauce
Prep time 5 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Ingredients:
  • 1 Tbs. Olive oil
  • 1/2 sweet onion, minced
  • 2 Garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Large Eggplant
  • 1/2 cup Chicken broth
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipped cream
  • 1/4 tsp. Vegan butter
  • 1 tsp. flour
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Pinch of Crushed red Pepper
Directions:
  1. Saute onion and garlic in a olive oil.
  2. Peel the eggplant and chop it in the chunks
  3. Drop on a hot oil together with onion and garlic;  Stir!
  4. Pour Chicken broth + bay leaves in and turn down the temperature; cover with a lid!
  5. Let it cook for 5-7 minutes or until liquid evaporate.
  6. Pour Whipped Cream in, stir and let it cook uncovered for 5 minutes.
  7. Season with salt, pepper and crushed red pepper; add vegan butter.
  8. Mix 1 teaspoon of flour with 5 teaspoons of water and mix until smooth.
  9. Slowly pour it in the sauce, you don't have to use it all, just enough to get the sauce thicker. 
  10. Stir, cover and set aside until ready to be served. 
This sauce is so sooo good that you will want to just dip your bread in..something that I am trying to stay away from..
Anyhow, you all know how to make roasted chicken and mashed potatoes, right? However if you don't let me know and I will hook you up with that!!!

Now I finally made a post..wow, that's a start!:)
Thank you so much for visiting me...I appreciate your comments and visits! 

Sending you all a lots of hugs and have a fabulous new week!!!!

Your Friend,

Sandra 



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51 comments :

  1. Aw my sweet Sandra you do time off well. Looks good on you. We all need that from time to time. I try to do it once in awhile myself. And this meal is gorgeous. So are your photos. You inspire me every day. xx

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  2. this eggplant sauce looks wonderful I like the pictures sounds relaxing :)

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  3. @Kim, Thank you my friend, I appriciate your kind words!Thank you for stopping by!

    @torview. Thanks, it was quite relaxing!:))

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  4. Sometimes we all need to sit back from blogging and let the world envelope us again :D
    Glad to have you back and with such a stunning recipe and post and photos too :)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  5. Everyone needs a mental and physical break from the routine to get some new inspiration. I like the nature photos, looks beautiful. That roast chicken looks pretty too and eggplant sauce sounds yummy.

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  6. I loved the recipe, Sandra! I can try the sauce with warm, homemade bread ... :)
    I wish you a wonderful new week! :)

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  7. This looks lovely! Looks like you had a great time in the woods and the river... the pears are very fitting :) I've never tried eggplant sauce (is that the same thing as aubergine?)

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  8. I feel like I am approaching that very same state. I think we all deserve a break to revitalize. I am glad you found some inspiration to bring us this delicious sauce. You did dine quite well, wish I had the same.

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  9. Good for you Sandra taking some time to relax and those photos do look relaxing. I am just beginning to enjoy eggplant and your recipe has me wanting to make this. I like the idea of dipping bread in there. Wonderful post my friend.

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  10. @Choc Chip Uru, Thank you! I appreciate your understanding!

    @Suzanne, Thank you very much!

    @Eva, We are totally on the same page..this sauce and homemade bread...mmm match made in heaven!:) Thanks hun!

    @Xinmei, Thank you! i am glad you like it!

    @Tina, exactly..when you feel overwhelmed we got to take a break to recharge! Thank you very much!

    @Suzi, thank you my friend! I am really happy that you like those photos!

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  11. @Xinmei, forgot to answer your question about eggplants..yes, eggplant is aubergine!

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  12. I took a mini blog break a few weeks ago--it was just a few days while I was out of town but it was nice. I never think I'll manage being away for so long but getting my mind out of stats and the next post was really refreshing. We all need to do it sometime.

    I love eggplants and have been crazy about lately (also in my latest post)--this is inspired!

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  13. @Jean, Yes, I remember when you took some time off..I can imagine it felt really good to get out and enjoy! Thank you sweetie, for both your comment and visit today!

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  14. Nothing like a walk in the woods to clear the head and get the creative juices flowing! Looks like it did the trick. I wish I had that escape! I am such an eggplant lover, I will definitely try it!

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  15. Glad you got some time off, sometimes you jsut need it. Your photos look amazing, and I think this is a great comeback recipe, the eggplant sauce looks amazing!

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  16. We all need a time off once in a while, and that's totally understandable, Sandra!
    I can see how well it works on you...the eggplant sauce you came up with was truly superb! Great job, girl!

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  17. You know it is always so refreshing to take a little lazy day sometime...
    This sauce looks lusciously good...
    And I love the pic of pears.

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  18. We all need chill out time, makes us more creative and more productive. That eggplant sauce sounds fab, can't wait for my eggplant to get growing and producing.

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  19. What a fantastic idea to just get outside to get some blogging inspiration! Love your way of thinking, Sandra. Roasted chicken and mashed potatoes is, hands down, my favorite dinner ever and you made it look perfectly delicious. Love the sound of that eggplant sauce, too!

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  20. So glad you enjoyed time with the family... what beautiful pictures! :) This eggplant sauce sounds out of this world good!! I would devour it. :)

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  21. All bloggers need a break. You cant just have endless ideas , you would be a machine. The pictures you posted are really lovely and peaceful

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  22. Wow you are posting a new recipe every other day, it's a wonder you didn't get hit by this blockage sooner! A great way to relax yourself and enjoy what you have cooked!

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  23. the sauce looks awesome. Don't get down on yourself for getting a little low in inspiration you do so much already no ones going anywhere. I love that you put vegan butter and heavy cream in the same recipe haha It shows your transitional cooking phase. I love the richness and your ability to stay healthy its very inspiring. have a great week Sandra!

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  24. Beautiful photos! It's great to get away and get some quiet time!

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  25. Thank you ladies so very much! xoxo

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  26. What a refreshing post, Sandra! The sauce looks absolutely gorgeous :)

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  27. We all need a break from time time, I was off blogging for 3 whole weeks in march, to get my inspiration back, and btw also stayed a couple of days at home in my PJ :)... 307 posts/recipes in year and a half, is very impressing, and you are doing a fantastic job!
    Thank you for sharing this lovely pics, they are beautiful (love the pears :D), and the recipe for eggplant sauce is a must-try :)

    Puno pozdrava :)

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  28. Love the photos and this sauce sounds like it will be to die for good!

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  29. Sometimes we do need a break to get a little inspiration. Love the eggplant sauce!

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  30. I got inspiration from your post Sandra! I'm trying to be more motivated now by visiting my favorite blogs... Your photos in this post today are all beautiful! Pear one looks so rustic and I love the effect!

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  31. It looks like you used your away time well--what lovely photos! It will be months before our woods are that green. And that sauce--yum!

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  32. Great that you are back! That is sure one well spent time...This sauce is a must try!

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  33. I'm glad you're back. I agree, sometimes you have to spend some time away to find inspiration (especially with so many posts!) This sauce sounds fabulous!

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  34. Some time off is always a good thing! These past 4 months for me have been on and off blogging since becoming pregnant!
    This eggplant sauce sounds amazing. I am a sucker for anything eggplant! Will have to try this out!

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  35. beautiful photos...and your roast chicken with eggplant sauce looks amazing. Nature is a great source of inspiration.

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  36. Lovely photos, Sandra! It's time for you to enjoy being with your kids outdoors and lazing around the house if you want. I've been feeling the same way - traveling and enjoying the natural world is always an inspiration to me :) I love eggplant and as a sauce for mashed potatoes sounds better than gravy to me.

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  37. Stopped by to give you a big hug. Hope soon you'll feel more inspired and will make us droll over your delicious dishes shown in beautiful photos

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  38. It's hard to keep going and going and going. We are only human after all! So glad to see this post and that you got inspiration (and some rest). HUGS!

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  39. Sounds like a nice refreshing break, a little bit of the outdoors and some quality family and pj time. :-)

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  40. I think I've done a lot with eggplant before, but never made a sauce! Your break and inspiration left you feeling seriously creative!

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  41. It's so important to take time away to renew our energy and find new inspiration, especially in the spring when everything is coming back to life. Love your photos of the park and the stream, looks like a perfectly wonderful day. Your eggplant sauce looks delicious. We don't use eggplants enough, and this is a nice inspiration to get more of it in the kitchen.

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  42. Sounds like some well-deserved time off! And this sauce sounds amaaazing!!!

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  43. We all need a break now and then! Hope it was good for your soul!

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  44. Love love love this eggplant sauce! I am definitely making this one. Thanks for sharing, Sandra :-)

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  45. Thank you, thanks you all so very much!!!! Your comments making me love blogging that much more! Love you all!

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  46. I love this. Great that you take time off for you - akuna matata!!

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