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Breaded Rosemary Fish Fillet

I love it when hubby surprises me with food stuffs, yeah, after getting married I’m surprised at the gifts I get excited about. Raw fish! The gift was timely because it had been a while since we had eaten fish. I wanted to prepare something quick that would not require a lot of handling. I had no intentions of posting this recipe and thus I didn’t take proper photos, but after posting a photo of the meal on my facebook page, I thought otherwise.

I eyeballed the ingredients (I didn’t measure), however, I will try and estimate the quantities.

Ingredients:

1 fish fillet

3 tablespoons of bread crumbs

2 rosemary twigs, leaves finely chopped

1 tablespoon of dried parsley leaves (optional)

1 tablespoon of fish masala

1/4 teaspoon of black pepper

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

It takes barely two minutes to prepare so start by heating your skillet then add the vegetable oil.

As the oil is heating, prepare the fish. In a large shallow bowl mix all the ingredients, well except the fish.

Generously coat the fish with the dry ingredient mixture. Ensure you pat the mixture on, so that it sort of sticks. Do that for both sides.

Finally gently  and I mean gently place the fish fillet on the skillet. You can even add the excess mixture on the top side.

in the skillet
in the skillet

Cook for about four minutes or until browned. Gently flip it over and cook the other side. Ensure you don’t break the fish apart. Presentation is key here.

Serve on a large plate and garnish with lemon quarters.

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You can serve this with either rice, ugali, potatoes or  just eat it as it is like I did. Like I said, I had missed eating fish. Don’t believe me? Check out the last photo 😀

damages
damages

Feeling Lazy? Bake Some Fish

Some days back, I was feeling kinda lazy and I needed to prepare supper. We had some leftover ugali and veggies so I just need to cook some fish and dinner would be done.

I didn’t want the task of flipping over the fish in the pan so I thought of baking. Baking is so hands off since you just pop the food in the oven, set the timer then you go on to do other things like paint your nails with green nail polish 🙂

This recipe is pretty simple. You can choose to substitute with the herbs/spices you have on hand. I guess the mandatory ingredient is the fish fillet not forgetting the salt.

Start by greasing your baking dish wish some butter or one tablespoon of vegetable oil. I used butter.

greased dish
greased dish

Remember to pre heat your oven at 370ºF.

Cut the fish fillets in big chunks, then salt it on all sides.

salt the fish

Grate the zest of one lemon over the greased dish.

zesty
zesty

Sprinkle about one tablespoon of dried parsley leaves. Place the fish chunks on the dish. Sprinkle the top with another tablespoon of the dried parsley, some lemon zest about a tablespoon. Finally I added some fresh sprigs of rosemary for flavour.

herbed
herbed

Pop it in the oven, set the timer for 15 minutes.

I turned the fish just once to enable the other side to cook.

not the bottom side has turned white, signs that it has cooked.
not the bottom side has turned white, signs that it has cooked.

Bake it for 10 more minutes.

Serve while hot, garnish with some lemon slices.

tada
tada

Delicious and flavourful.

Try it.

Quick Fix: Sweet and Savoury rice

Yet another meal made from leftover rice. I like working with leftover rice since there are a variety of dishes that one can whip up in under 30 minutes.

I had bought a whole broiler chicken some time back, I decided to fillet the breast and keep them for later. With the rice leftover, I got a brilliant idea to combine it with the chicken, something like a chicken fried rice…:-D

Ingredients:

Chicken tenders cut into strips

Leftover rice

Dried rosemary and oregano leaves

Pineapple cut into chunks

Black pepper

Salt

Oil for frying

In a skillet add in your oil, then through in the chicken strips together with the dried herbs, salt and pepper.

Keep stirring to avoid it sticking to the pan.

chicken in the pan..sizzle sizzle

No need to cook them for long, since the strips are pretty thin , ensure they are well spread out on the pan and within no time they are done.

my hands were a bit shaky. Add in the rice

The yellow colour in the rice is turmeric. I had steamed the rice with some turmeric and parsley, more flavour.

You just want the rice to get heated then add in the pineapple chunks , stir and serve.

monochromatic food 🙂

Verdict:

First of all, hubby couldn’t believe dinner was done in under 30 minutes.

He loved it. From eating pizzas I have realised that oregano combines well with pineapple. The food was both sweet and savoury. I’ll definitely try this again.

Who knew one can prepare a complete meal without onions?

Meat balls part 1

The same night I prepared the baked potatoes I decided to prepare some meat balls sauce.

Ingredients:

For the meat balls

1/4 kg minced meat

Breadcrumbs (left over from the fish fingers)

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp black pepper

1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary leaves

A handful of dhania chopped

Flour for coating

Oil for frying

minced meat,bread crumbs, dhania

 In a large bowl combine the meat, bread crumbs, dhania and seasoning(salt,rosemary,black pepper). Use your hands to ensure all the ingredients are incorporated.

the mixture

Then, still using your hands take small portions of the meat and shape them into meat balls.

I managed to make 26 meat balls

Most meatball recipes that I’ve come across also incorporate an egg which more or less acts as a glue to make sure the balls don’t fall apart. since I wasn’t planning on using any eggs, I put the meatballs in the freezer for about 20 minutes so that they can become stiff.

Once they are stiff enough remove from the freezer dust them with some flour and shallow fry them.

Drain over a paper towel covered plate.

Since we will incorporate them into the sauce they don’t need to cook through, they’ll do that while in the sauce 🙂

Look out for part 2 for the rest of the sauce.