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My favorite day of the week (food-wise) is the day we eat fish. I love how there are so many ways you can cook it and enjoy the variety of flavors. In my opinion, the best way to eat fish is raw – in order of preference, raw white fish, followed by salmon then tuna- but grilled has its perks because you get to be creative with the sauces and seasoning. When you’re in a hurry, you can stuff the fish with rosemary leaves and lemon slices, then throw it in the oven and take it out grilled and ready. If you have time however, I greatly suggest you get creative with the seasoning. Last Saturday, we came up with this absolutely lip-smacking sauce to have your grilled fish with. Here’s the recipe.

Grilled Fish With Coriander Sauce

What you’ll need (for 2 persons):

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  • 2 medium-sized fish of your choice
  • 3/4 cup lemon juice
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 tsp fresh ginger
  • A bunch of fresh coriander leaves
  • Salt, to taste
  • Fennel, sliced (optional)

How to make it:

  1. Line an oven dish with parchment paper or aluminum foil and place the fish on top and slice them in some places.
  2. In a small blender, place the coriander leaves, garlic cloves and ginger and pulse until they are all chopped and combined.
  3. Add half of the lemon juice and olive oil and pulse until combined. Then add the other half of the lemon and olive oil, adding salt. Pulse until combined.
  4. Add half the sauce on top of the fish, place the fennel around it and enter the dish in the oven for around 15 minutes or until the fish are completely cooked.
  5. Serve with fresh sauce aside.

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I tried the same sauce with raw salmon and it was perfection! And it’s all whole 30 proof 😀

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People who know me well know that sushi is a big part of my life. I sometimes even wonder what it is that I truly love about it: the soy sauce, the rice, or what it’s really about – the fish? If the latter’s the case for me and for sushi lovers out there, well I got news! Fish population is changing and a lot is happening to it!

Jiro Ono, star of “Jiro Dreams of Sushi“, a documentary portraying the 85 year-old world class sushi chef, and owner of the three-michelin star renowned sushi restaurant, has recently warned people about the changes in sushi ingredients that will be happening in the near future. In fact, not only will there be changes, but some fish species might most likely disappear. Ono, host of the top world celebrities like Obama and Joel Robuchon said in a press conference on Tuesday:

I told my young men three years ago sushi materials will totally change in five years. And now, such a trend is becoming a reality little by little. […]

The traditional spread of fatty tuna, eel and shellfish may soon be forced to give way to the bane of any fishmonger — farmed seafood

Jiro Ono

“Many of the ocean’s fisheries are on the brink of collapse as populations of some of the most well-known fish species plummet. Earlier this year, the body that monitors bluefin tuna in the Pacific Ocean recommended drastic cuts to catch limits as populations plunged to just 8 percent of their original levels. 80 percent of the world’s bluefin is consumed by the Japanese and demand elsewhere is only growing.”

Source: Huffington Post

In some countries, actions are being taken to address the issue of overfishing and there are even plans to create fish sanctuaries to protect the endangered species. This makes you wonder about countries by the sea, like ours. Will the people in charge of this matter, deal with it properly?

What do you think of this? Would you continue having your weekly sushi meal if you knew the fish was raised in a farm?

P.S. Below is the “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” trailer for you to watch!

Yesterday, we started off with a tour of cool and inspiring things in Lina’s kitchen (click here for more details). Today, it’s time to reveal the healthy, easy and tasty recipes Lina taught me while I was there.

We’ll start off with this quick grilled fish recipe.

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What you’ll need (for 3 persons)

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– 3 fish – Lina chose the Turkish “Ajaj” fish (make sure to choose them generously plump). The advantage of this fish is that it’s tasty and also has a good price – 1kg costs only 7 dollars.

– 2 tablespoons of flour

– Oil – Lina uses Grape Seed oil which is really healthy

– 3 lemons – sliced

How to make it:

1) Roll each fish in a bit of flour

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2) Add the lemon slices on top and inside the fish if you wish

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3) Sprinkle with grape seed oil and bake in the oven for approximately 30 minutes or until golden

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And enjoy with a green salad or mouhammara (see ingredients picture), recipe soon.

The second recipe is of Armenian origin. It’s similar to the white beans we once cooked (click here) but with added tomato juice.

What you’ll need (for 3 persons)

– 0.5 kg White beans (or aysha khanum beans if you live in an arab country)

– 1 tablespoon of Grape seed oil

– 2 white onions, sliced

– White pepper and salt

– 3 juicy tomatoes, diced

– 250 ml of tomato juice

– Water

– Egyptian rice with vermicelli

How to make it:

1) Shell the beans and wash with water

2) In a casserole, heat the grape seed oil, add the beans and mix for 10 minutes

3) Add the onions and heat for 10 minutes

4) Add white pepper and salt, to taste

5) Add the diced tomatoes and mix

6) Add the tomato juice with a bit of water, mix, bring to the boil then let it simmer for approximately 10 minutes and there you go!

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Both recipes are so quick, easy and affordable that they’re great for weekday meals!

I hope you enjoyed this first kitchen tour on Breadonbutter. I’ll be coming back with more tours soon!