Flying Pans Two Chefs, One World
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“The careful balance of spices and herbs in Georgian dishes make them a poem,” said Alexander Pushkin.
At the central market in the heart of Tblisi, my friend Koko and I visited the “spice girls.” Stall after stall of smiling women displayed stacks of pungent, colorful spices in small clay vats. With the focus of a chemist, the spice lady blended powdered marigold petals with other herbs and spices gathered from throughout the Middle East for the traditional Khmeli Suneli spices. We grabbed the bag and returned to the house where Koko’s mom Lali roasted a whole piglet, a leg of lamb, and a chicken seasoned with the aromatic blend. Her stuffed eggplant was Koko’s father’s favorite dish. Bernard
I love whole steamed fish. Growing up in a filipino household meant we ate fish often in many different ways but this was my favorite way to eat it. Yes, it can be a bit messy if you aren’t accustomed to eating fish with bones but you won’t be sorry.
I was having lunch at a local Chinese restaurant that serves this dish from fresh fish from the tank in the restaurant. If you’ve ever seen these, you know it does not necessarily entice one to eat the fish swimming in a cloudy, small tank. That led me to the decision to simply make it at home.
Below is a basic version of the Cantonese-style steamed fish similar to the way my mother would make it. If you want to spice it up a bit, I suggest you chop up a few red, Thai chilis or your favorite sambal and add to the sauce for an extra kick. Want a little extra texture? Chop and toast some walnuts and sprinkle over the finished dish.
VOILA! It is done and you have a beautiful whole fish dish that is easy and will impress anyone! 😉
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Hello, my name is Marie. I am a publicist by day and weekend writer. This is my blog, where I post about my journeys, the wonderful events in my beautiful corner of the world and the food of the region which is gaining in its recognition of San Diego, Tijuana and Valle de Guadalupe. Enjoy.