Moroccan Fish

Moroccan FishThis is another alternative to regular gefilte fish, and will work well for people that don’t keep gebrokts (those that don’t mix matzo with liquids), as there is no matzo meal used in this recipe. If you’re not crazy about cilantro (like me) you can use parsley instead and you can cut down on the amount of chili peppers as well if you’re not into the heat. This recipe will serve 8.

Ingredients:

8 boneless fish fillets (best if you use a firm, dense fish like halibut or snapper)
2 bunches fresh cilantro/parsley, cut into large pieces*
2 red bell peppers, seeded and cut into long thin strips
10 large garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
4-6 large dried red chili peppers (or less depending on preference)
½ teaspoon turmeric
3 cups water
⅔ cup extra virgin olive oil
2 heaping tablespoons paprika
Salt and pepper to taste

* Click here to check how to clean cilantro and parsley.

Directions:

For this recipe, you will need a sauté pan, it’s like a wide, deep skillet with higher sides. Before you start cooking, reserve a few pieces of the cilantro/parsley for garnish. Place cilantro/parsley, bell pepper slices, garlic and chili peppers in the bottom of the pan to create a “bed” for the fish. Place fish fillets on top of the other ingredients. Season fillets generously with salt and pepper, then sprinkle turmeric evenly across fillets. Add the water to the pan. Cover pan, turn flame on high, and bring to a boil. As soon as the water boils, reduce heat to medium and uncover the pan. Mixture should be simmering lightly at this point. Allow mixture to simmer uncovered for 10-15 minutes, basting fillets periodically, until the water reduces by half and turns yellow.

In a small bowl, mix together olive oil and paprika with a fork. Pour red oil mixture over the fish fillets, coating them evenly. Let the fish simmer uncovered for 20 minutes more, basting frequently. Fish is done when liquid is reduced to about a quarter of what it was originally, and the fish has turned a rich red colour.

Serve the warm fish and bell peppers, drizzled with some of the sauce and garnish with the remaining fresh cilantro/parsley leaves.

10 Days to Go… Who Knows 10?

Matzah Record PlayerSo part of the fun of the Passover Seder is not just the food, or the telling over of the story of the Exodus from Egypt and the reading of the Haggadah, but rather it’s the “after party” so to speak. What? Never been to an after-Seder after party? Let me tell you, it’s where all the cool kids hang out! So what exactly is this party I’m talking about? It all the songs at the end of the Haggadah, which the recital of which, especially after four glasses of wine, can turn into quite the raucous affair.

There are lots of different tunes and melodies that people like to use for the Hallel or Songs of Praise portion, but for me, one of my all-time favourites is the “kid” song of “Echad – Mi Yodeya” or “Who Knows One?”

In “Who Knows One?” the song takes you through a count up and down with repeated verses, each verse getting longer as you include the previous one in the new addition. It starts with “Who knows one? I know one! One is Hashem (G-d) in the Heavens and the Earth!” It continues with the following numbered list:

1 is Hashem – in the Heavens and the Earth
2 are the Tablets that Moshe (Moses) brought (i.e.: the Ten Commandments)
3 are the (Fore) Fathers (i.e.: Abraham, Isaac and Jacob)
4 are the Mothers (i.e.: Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah)
5 are the books of the Torah
6 are the books of the Mishnah (i.e.: the oral Torah)
7 are the days of the week
8 are the days of Bris Millah (i.e.: days until circumcision)
9 are the months before birth
10 are the Commandments
11 are the stars in Joseph’s dream (click here to learn more about this)
12 are the Tribes of Israel
13 are the Attributes of G-d (click here to learn more about this)

So… since we keep adding a verse with each new number, plus we repeat all the previous numbers after adding a new number…well, by the time you get to number 13, you have quite the mouthful! And did I mention that it’s very late at night by this point and you’ve had four glasses of wine? Like I said, it’s quite the party! What are your favourite Passover songs? Let me know!

* photo credit to Matzo Mania on Shtetl on the Shortwave.