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Sharmula – Morroccan Marinade

“Moroccan cooks, to cook thicker cuts of fish, use a kind of relish-marinade of finely sliced or torn herbs and spices called chermoulla, tchermila, chermoula, or charmoula, which are various transliterations for sharmula, derived from the word meaning “to tear lightly.” Some cooks gently heat the sharmula in a pan or liquefy everything in a blender. The marinade can also be used with chicken. The suggested amounts in parentheses are in case you decide to put everything in a food processor.”

Thank you to www.cliffordwright.com – a James Beard Awar-Winning Site!

Yield: Makes about 1 cup
Preparation Time: 1:15 hours

1/2 cup very finely chopped fresh coriander (cilantro) leaves (1 1/2 cups lightly-packed whole leaves)
1/2 cup very finely chopped fresh parsley leaves (1 1/2 cups lightly-packed whole leaves)
6 garlic cloves, peeled and very finely chopped
1 small onion, peeled and very finely chopped (1 whole small onion)
Juice of 1/2 lemon
6 to 8 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, as needed
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground cumin seeds
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon powdered saffron or a pinch of saffron threads, lightly toasted in an oven, and ground in a mortar
1 1/4 teaspoon salt

Mix all the ingredients together and refrigerate for 1 hour before using.


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Plau B’samek: Fish with Rice

Ofir is a favorite in our family – oft confused as the twin brother of Eli Shem-Tov. You can see a great shot of him in the “About Us” section – he’s the good looking man on the left. (Am I objectifying you cuz?) Born and raised in Israel, he’s back to his birth country for the first time in 20 years next month! How I wish I could come with you! How jealous – you’ll have t’bit in Doda Suzette’s backyard, surrounded by pecan and orange trees and about 30 relatives. Be sure to go hungry – Doda takes no prisoners, and accuses everyone of eating like a bird, no matter how much you can pack in. And we’re talking a whole day affair.

In any case, Ofir has passed along an Iraqi recipe for fish with rice – check it out here

Shabbat Shalom.

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