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The Saag Tofu* Saga & Recipe

Having just returned to Cape Breton from several weeks of travel I was eager to get back in the garden. While there was no snow on the ground, it was getting unseasonably cold. A bit worried about how the garden greens were faring I was pleased to find healthy kale, chard, mizune and parsley. But the biggest surprise was the broccoli: Plants laden with literally dozens of small but vibrant broccolettes.

They clearly needed to be harvested immediately; but what to do with them all?

In my experience, broccoli doesn’t freeze all that well in its original state. How about combining it with kale & chard and processing it into Saag  – the mild and creamy Indian spinach dish that I discovered can be made from any greens.With vegetarian guests to arrive soon this made perfect sense.I can say the Saag was enjoyed by all. I’m passing the recipe on to you; hopefully you’ll try it when you have a lot of greens on hand.

A word about my recipes:
Living in a remote area I often lack access to specific ingredients – hence tofu instead of Paneer cheese. You will also notice that there is a range of quantity of some of the ingredients – this allows me/you to adjust the dish to your taste. In my experience, being creative and flexible is what makes cooking fun and allows you to discover new things.


Saag Tofu* (serves 4-6)
Ingredients:
2 medium onions, diced
2 tsp coconut oil
1 1/2 tsp ground tumeric
1/2-1 tsp garham masala
1/4-1/2 tsp cayenne (optional)
3 lbs combined greens & broccoli – steamed and pureed in food processor
1-2 c coffee cream (half & half) or coconut milk
Salt to taste
1/2-1 lb baked tofu, cubed into 1/2″ pieces – see recipe below – or Paneer cheese (if you’re lucky enough to obtain it)

Method:
Saute onions over medium heat in coconut oil until slightly caramelized
Lower the heat and add all the spices and saute for 2-3 min while stirring
Add the processed greens and mix in well
Add cream or coconut milk
Over medium heat, bring to a simmer while stirring
Lower the heat and allow to simmer for 20 more minutes.
Add salt to taste
Add the cubed tofu
If too thick, add water – the Saag should have the consistency of a thick sauce.

Serve with Basmati rice and chutney!

Baked Tofu
Ingredients:
1 lb extra firm tofu, sliced into 1/2 inch pieces
Coconut oil
A few shakes of nutritional yeast
A few shakes of tamari or other high quality soy sauce
Method:
Set sliced tofu into oiled baking form (use coconut oil for this purpose)
Sprinkle with a bit of nutritional yeast
Sprinkle each piece with a couple of shakes of tamari
Place a small amount of coconut oil on each piece
Bake until golden at 350 degrees
Cool and store in fridge
Apart from Saag, this tofu dish has many uses:
Cut into small cubes and add to a salad
Use instead of sandwich meat
Add to soups, sauces and wraps
Make up your own!

Enjoy!

* I have found that baked tofu works well in place of Paneer, the plain Indian cheese – see baked tofu recipe above



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Based on 298 reviews
MacKenzie Cutcliffe
MacKenzie Cutcliffe
February 17, 2024.
We had an excellent stay! We stayed in the tiny house and got the hot tub as an addition - the house was an adorable little cabin, very clean and had everything we needed (mini fridge, microwave and more!). The hot tub was worth the addition! Paul and the staff were so considerate, he even called me before we arrived and let me know how the roads were and to make sure I knew how to get to the tiny house since we were probably arriving after dark. I can’t say enough good things! We will definitely be back!
Alexis Helena
Alexis Helena
February 16, 2024.
It was a great space, the manager was very helpful and answered all our questions. Will definitely be coming back
Katie Crossley
Katie Crossley
January 25, 2024.
My husband and I got married at Cabot Shores last October, after staying there multiple times in the past and falling in love with the scenery and food!! Paul was amazing to deal with leading up to the wedding! I was definitely a needy bride lol and he was always so patient and helpful with everything. The whole thing went off without any issues at all and my guests had a great time and raved on and on about the food! We are huge out door people and loved the whole vibe ! We can’t wait to go back again soon and make more wonderful memories at this slice of heaven in our favourite place in the world, Cape Breton !!
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‍하준수(교원-영상디자인학과)
January 10, 2024.
An unforgettable experience for a family trip. A yurt experience is more than just lodging, especially if you have young children. What is most impressive of all is the owner and his wife, who are so kind and affectionate.
Karleigh Johnstone
Karleigh Johnstone
January 8, 2024.
Stayed in the Phoenix Dome for 2 nights and had the most wonderful experience. The dome was lovely and stayed warm through the night. The highlight of our stay was the food. My husband has been a chef for 20+ years and was blown away by the quality of the food. We had dinner one evening and the salmon was absolute perfection. We were lucky enough to be the only guests for breakfast so they cooked us a few items instead of the buffet and we enjoyed every bite. Hands down the best scrambled eggs I have ever eaten! The staff were so wonderful, kind and accommodating. We would love to return and spend more time here exploring the trails and relaxing on the beach. Thank you to everyone at Cabot Trail for such a wonderful experience!
Bobbi Zahra
Bobbi Zahra
January 1, 2024.
Hot tubs were great, overlooking the gorgeous water view. Yurt was super comfortable, very spacious, and even when the fire died while we were sleeping, we stayed cozy and warm - the bedding was superb. Recommendation for Red River Trail was great, and we enjoyed the hike very much.
Sandy Mackley
Sandy Mackley
November 27, 2023.
The staff at Cabot Shores actively took opportunities to make our stay relaxing and enjoyable. Our Mongolian Yurt was comfortable with the wood stove and outside hot tub. Would strongly recommend calling these fine folks and discussing your stay with them.

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Based on 51 reviews
Lukas
Lukas
September 21, 2022.
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Very nice people and a place full of joy ! Stayed 2 nights in the „Eagle dome“ which was really comfy and clean!Had really delicous dinner at the main lodge where paul played some music just for us and had nice conversations whith him and the other staffmembers.Also booked the hot tub at our dome for our last night from where we had a great view on the campfire.Lovely place where you see how much effort they put in every detail.
Nicole
Nicole
August 22, 2022.
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Amazing adventure! Lots of fun sleeping underneath the stars!
Ryan
Ryan
August 14, 2022.
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Relaxing
Nigel
Nigel
July 25, 2022.
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Beautiful place and very friendly staff. Perfect location if you’re travelling along the Cabot Trail, I highly recommend checking this place out! Would definitely stay here again. Thanks for a fantastic experience.
Anooj
Anooj
October 25, 2021.
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This was our first time staying in the Eagle Dome and we absolutely fell in love with this beautiful place. Super clean place to stay!
Redwan
Redwan
October 17, 2021.
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Very nice place to spend a couple of nights in the nature! My wife and I enjoyed our stay.It might be a good idea to install a heater in the dome as it can get chilly at night.
Brooke
Brooke
October 1, 2021.
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Beautiful, quaint place to stay! So unique and off grid. We loved staying at the dome!
Madison
Madison
September 9, 2021.
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We had a great stay in the Eagle Dome! We loved watching the sunset and sunrise, and being able to hear the waves from the ocean. Next time we would stay a few more days and prepare a bit better - we weren’t packed for off grid but we made it work. Outhouse was a few steps away, shower and toilet a short walk. We didn’t get the hot tub or use the sauna/other amenities but would certainly consider it next time.

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