Moroccan fish is made in a skillet with chickpeas and lentils. Served over rice with saffron aioli it is a simple and delicious dish.
|Moroccan Fish with Chickpeas and Saffron Lime Aioli|
I’m not trying to become the skillet queen or anything close. But it is true that I am not a fan of dirtying too many dishes or utensils.
My husband is grateful for that. However in the winter since I don’t grill because of the cold, and I don’t eat as many salads because I want something warm, I do tend to cook on the stove.
I love to cook one dish meals like veggies and protein all in one pan.
Then all I have to do is add a salad or a starch. And maybe some bread. (I love bread, so that is an extra special meal when that is in the mix.)
And dessert, well that is a subject better left untouched, because I love dessert. And like I said, in our house it should be untouched. But oh, how dessert can brighten your day!
So that is why today we are doing fish. SORRY!
But this is a great recipe that I found in the Jewish cookbook that I checked out at the library. I am really digging this cookbook, “Jewish Holiday Cooking” by Jayne Cohen published in 2008.
Surely, I’ve been living in another universe for awhile now otherwise I don’t have a good excuse for never having heard of this book. Soon I hope to buy a copy. Yes, it really is that good.
Jayne writes with conviction about the Jewish history of food and talks about how various foods became traditional. She throws in family history too.
Jayne has Italian Jewish roots so her food is different than the dishes I grew up with. My family’s roots are from Lithuania, Poland and Russian and my dad didn’t arrive here until 1938. He was only 7.
I grew up in a small town with a small Jewish community. We didn’t have a local deli or a bagel store.
The Jewish food I had was cooked by someone I knew or if we were lucky after a night on the town in Chicago, my parents on their drive home would stop at a late night deli for take out.
It was a lucky Sunday when we would be greeted with white butcher paper wrapped packages that contained corned beef, pastrami and lox. And a smoke fish. And a bag of onion rolls…
When my grandma would visit from Detroit she would carry grocery brown paper bags of bagels on the plane to bring to us.
But enough memories. Let’s stick to the book so they say. It has some great takes on traditional dishes plus some clever new Sephardic recipes that never were seen in Kankakee.
At least not in my home or cooked by my mother. In any case, I hope the library doesn’t mind my dog eared pages and I am very careful about fixing them before returning my books. I mean it’s not like I let grease spots get on any of the pages.
This book has all the traditional recipes for chopped liver and kugels and soup.
But Jayne is a very good cook, I can tell. She does things like Duck and White Bean Cholent and Rhubarb Prune Tsimmes.
Maybe I might like these if my mom had made them with those ingredients. I can’t wait to try the Artichoke Soup or the Sauteed Chive Mamaliga with Feta Scallion Sauce.
And I wouldn’t mind the Challah French Toast with Mango Ginger Maple Syrup for breakfast.
But that’s not what’s for dinner. Tonight’s menu features Moroccan Fish with Chickpeas and Lentils and a Saffron-Lime Aioli.
Improvising is my forte and I was also lacking coriander and cilantro. I love those two but what I made was very good.
It was a perfect meal to end our Friday with and it was quick to make. And one skillet.
Plus I have leftover aioli that I can eat on sandwiches or with my finger. Did I say healthy? No. Never mind. This is to good to be healthy-but it is!
I used ono to make this dish. Ono means good to eat in Hawaiian and it is.
I buy it at Costco in the frozen section. It is a mild flavored, steak type white fish that is commonly used in fish tacos. It is also known as wahoo.
This is a great fish to bbq in the summer because of its meatiness. Don’t overcook or it will dry out.
And I guess it is a sports fish because it swims fast as its body is shaped like a torpedo.
Yes, I know this is more than you ever wanted to know about ono. But in case you still play trivial pursuit, you just never know when this info may come in handy.
|Ono is good to eat!|
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