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Fish Filet Moroccan Style in Tagine

>> Friday, April 20, 2012

Fish Fillet Tagine
Tajine Fillet de Poisson

I must credit this recipe to Sousoukitchen
This recipe calls for green olives and preserved moroccan lemons that I omitted for one reason:
I did not have it .
(I found the recipe for preserved lemons and may attempt to make it at home, but it takes a month to ferment) 

1. White fish fillet, I used tilapia filets
2. Olive oil - 3 table spoons
3. Carrots - about 3 large carrots, peeled and sliced into thick sticks, or you can use baby carrots
4. Diced tomatoes - 1 cup
5. Water, about 1/4 cup

1. Olive oil - 3 table spoons
2. Parsley, finely chopped - 3 table spoons
3. Garlic - 1 table spoon
4. Pinch of salt
5. Pinch of thyme
6. Ground cumin - 1 tea spoon
7. Paprica - 1.5 tea spoons
8. Lemon juice - 2 table spoons


Mix all of the ingredients listed above in a large pan.
Your sauce is ready.

Place fish  filets in charmoula and marinate for few minutes.
Transfer fish to another plate.

Set your tagine (I used a diffuser to protect my tagine) on cook top - medium fire.
Add 3 table spoons of olive oil to your tagine. It will start heating up.
You can use regular cooking pot for this recipe, I read so on sousoukitchen blog.
Cover the bottom of your tagine with carrots.

Add diced tomatoes.

Place fish filets on top over the tomatoes.

Pou a little bit of water over the pan with remaining charmoula, about 1/4 of cup.
Pour watered charmoula in your tagine pot over the fish.
Cover tagine and let it cook for 30 minutes.
Add olives and preserved lemons and let it cook for 10 more minutes.
I added regular lemons, but I am sure it is not the same.

Et Voila!

Here is my spanking new tagine!
I love it.
The flavors of the dish were amazing.
Will cook it again and again.
Thank you sousoukitchen for sharing your knowledge.


Pigs in the blanket

>> Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Flour - 300 gm
Instant yeast  - 5gm
Sugar - 10 gm
Salt  - 1tsp
Butter  - 30 gm
One egg + whole milk  -  220 -230 gm
One egg and 2 tsp of water for glazing the bread

This recipe was found on My kitchen snippets blog.

Milk and egg mixture:  beat the egg in the measuring cup, then add milk to make 230 gm of mixture.

I am lucky to have this nice measuring cup from France to be able to measure out grams of flour or sugar.
Otherwise one may have to use a scale.
Place the dough in the lightly buttered bowl, let it double in size in a warm place.  
Take the dough out of the bowl, handle it in your hands gently , let in decrease in size.
Cut the dough into 10 pieces, cover and let the dough balls rest for 15 minutes.
Make your egg  wash by adding water to the egg.

Place the dough on the baking sheet and let it double in size again.
I was making the "pigs " with my son, so we did not always have the patience to wait for the dough to rise. 
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Brush the egg wash. Bake for 8 minutes, reduce temperature to 350 degrees and bake for 5 more minutes until golden. 

You can find hand knead instructions on dailydelicious blog.


Grilled bell peppers

>> Saturday, April 14, 2012

This dish is very colorful and flavorful. 


1. Red, orange and yellow bell peppers - 6.
2. Garlic, chopped. - 2 cloves
3. Olive oil - 2 table spoons 
4. Red wine vinegar - 2 table spoons.
5. Parsley to garnish

Preheat oven to 380 degrees.
Grill bell peppers for about 40 minutes, turning them from side to side.
Remove when they feel soft.

Let them cool for 5 minutes and place in plastic bag till they are cold enough to handle.
Placing peppers in plastic bag eases the next step of peeling the skin.
Peel the skin.  
Remove the seeds.
Place peppers on the plate. Drizzle  oil and vinegar. Sprinkle garlic and parsley.
Let peppers soak in the flavors in the fridge or on the table for an hour or more.


Family Peace

>> Tuesday, April 10, 2012

In my culture, children were taken away from their mothers right after their birth at the hospital. In my culture we struggle to say "I love you" or to give a loving touch even today. In my culture violence and verbal abuse from men to women, from adults to kids was a norm and may still remain a norm in many homes. In my culture we struggle to hug and kiss "good morning" or "good night".  What happens in your home?  Please, make a change. Love and compassion are the answers.


Great rice recipe, cooked in microwave oven.

>> Monday, September 19, 2011

Roman, this post is for you.
My two favorite types of rice are Basmati or Jasmine.
Both can be cooked using this microwave method (that was kindly taught to me by a friend eleven years ago when I was at Baylor). 

Take 1/2 cup of dry rice. Rinse it.
1/2 cup of dry rice should generate about a cup of cooked rice.

Add a pinch of salt and a table spoon of oil. I use olive oil. Cover it with water, about 1.5 inches over the rice.

Microwave for 14-15 minutes total. I like to stop after 7-8 minutes to check on how much water rice has absorbed.  You may need to add a little water if it looks too dry. Don't worry, if you put a little too much water, rice may cook slightly softer but still delicious. Every grain always separates.

That is IT!  Ready to eat.

So you asked to suggest something super simple to go with it. :)

You may want to invest into a little pot like this. I love it because I can multitask by cooking two things in the same pot. I am boiling Russian sausages and steaming green peas. 

And if you thinking to impress  a girl, of course a medical student , that is how you do it :)
She just may study muscles with you that evening.
Make sure you get rice eye lashes right, thats the key.
Hope it helps!


Sauteed potatoes

>> Sunday, September 4, 2011

Ingredients: 2 pounds baking potatoes
4-6 tbsp of oil; (bacon drippings or butter can be used)
3 tbs of chopped parsley
3 cloves of minced garlic
salt, freshly ground black pepper 

I used organic golden potatoes. 

Peel potatoes and cut into 3/4 inch pieces.
Heat 4 tbsp of oil in the pan over medium heat.
Heat oil until very hot, but not smoking hot.

Dry potatoes on the towel. Place potatoes in the pan. Keep your kids away when placing the potatoes in the pan. Be careful, as hot oil tends to shoot right at you if moisture remains on the potatoes.
Cook potatoes for about 2 minutes on one side, it should brown lightly.
(I have overcooked one side, was playing my kiddo) 
Shake the pan and toss the potatoes so they brown evenly on all sides. 
Add salt and pepper to your liking.

Add a little more oil. Cook potatoes on low heat for 20 more minutes.  They should be tender. Add garlic and parsley, cook for 5 more minutes. 


CousCous Vegetable Salad

>> Wednesday, August 31, 2011

This is a good vegan recipe that I have enjoyed.
I was inspired by Budget Bytes.

Ingredients: 1 avocado, 1 green bell pepper, 1 orange bell pepper, 1 onion, 1 yellow squash, 1 zucchini, 4 tomatoes (Roma tomatoes are best), 4 cloves of garlic, 1 cup dry couscous, salt, pepper, juice of half lemon or large lime, parsley, 2 table spoon of olive oil.

Preheat oven to 425. Cut up all of the vegetable (but avocado and one tomato) into large pieces.  Do not peel garlic. Place zucchini, squash, tomato, onion, bell pepper on the tray. Sprinkle with olive oil, salt and pepper. You could alternatively toss the vegetables with oil, salt and pepper and then transfer them to a tray.
Bake for 30-45 minutes (it depends on how large the chunks are and how crunchy you prefer your grilled veggies).
Meanwhile cook couscous as directed on the package. I cooked one cup of dry couscous. Chop grilled veggies into smaller pieces. Chop couple of table spoons of parsley. Peel garlic and crush  into tiny pieces, it may be paste-like.  Cut one fresh tomato and one avocado into small chunks. Add all ingredients together and mix. Add another spoon of olive oil if you like your salad to be more flavorful. Squeeze the lemon into the salad. Toss.




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