Happy friday! Any exciting weekend plans? I am going to a barbecue tomorrow. If I am feeling particularly adventurous, I'll going swimming. I don't mean recreational swimming but lap swimming.
I really enjoy lap swimming. It's great exercise, and I enjoy how my mind wanders because of the repetitive motion. I do lots of good meditating when I swim.
This great recipe came from The Iraqi Cookbook. It was very delicious. It is supposed to have sumac, but I made mine without it. I'm sure sumac makes the dish even better.
The ingredients for this dish are 2 pounds whiting fillets, 1/4 cup raisins, 1/3 cup sliced almonds, 1 onion, 1 tablespoon cooking oil, salt, pepper, juice of 1 lemon, and a pinch of turmeric. I was supposed to use either carp of cod fillets, but the supermarket near my home is small and has a limited selection.
I fried the onions in a little oil until they were soft.
I added the almonds and continued to fry the onions until they were a little brown.
Once the onions were brown, I added the raisins.
I stirred this mixture and then set it aside.
I sprinkled the fish with turmeric, salt, and pepper.
I cooked the filets on each side in a little oil for about two minutes. It didn't take long for the fish to fully cook. I had to cook the fish in batches because my pan was small.
I cooked the rice according to the package's instructions and then added the onion, raisin, and almond concoction. This was excellent in and of itself.
With the fish and rice ready, I was prepped for final assembly. I added half the rice to a clean and lightly oiled pan. On top of half the rice, I layered half of the fish fillets.
I added the remaining rice on top of the fish.
I added the rest of the fish fillets and then covered the pan with its lid. I let this simmer for 5 to 10 minutes.
Before digging in, I squeezed the juice of a lemon on the dish for some nice, bright freshness.
This dish deserves a gold star. It's easy and requires few ingredients, yet it's totally scrumptious.
It has hearty meat, but it's lighter then a beef or pork dish. The flavor is really excellent.
The raisins and almonds add a special touch to the dish. It's a little exotic but mostly just a nice, homey, and comforting meal. I think you'd like it!