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Moroccan Fish and Friends

Last night was an absolute joy of a Shabbat. 8:30 is just too late for babes to eat dinner so they enjoyed an incredible meal of noodles and sauce, corn on the cob and challah. I know, so boring, but also something they all will eat. Win in my book. I'm so lucky my kids love Shabbat. I think it has something to do with the fact that our weekdays are just so wild. Virtually no schedule, very rarely do we sit down to eat all together, the food is mediocre at best (forget the part where I tell you this Shabbat they literally only had noodles and sauce)...Shabbat is special, as it should be. They love that.

Earlier in the day we made challah. The kids do this thing where, whenever I'm cooking, they make a mini version of the dish. It's both adorable and also drives me nuts - constantly attached to my hip so they don't miss a step. But their mini challah were kinda the best.

We used the same recipe as last week and it's my absolute favorite. It made 3 medium sized loaves.

We had one savory, one sweet, and one to send home with our friends.

For dinner I made Moroccan fish. We got our fish from a local fishmonger (halibut) and it was so good.

I started by sautéing 2 diced tomatoes, 3 red bell peppers cut into strips, 1 jalapeño, a bunch of chopped cilantro stems (right?!) and one diced onion along with 6 whole garlic cloves.

After about 10 minutes I nestled pieces of the halibut into the dish and added paprika, salt, and pepper. Over the top I poured saffron water (3/4 teaspoon saffron that had been steeping in 2 C hot water) and a handful of green olives. After I brought it up to a boil I let it simmer for 15-20 minutes, basting the fish every 5 of so. At the end I drizzled juice from 1/2 a lemon and sprinkled with cilantro. The end result was amazing.

Just a little warning. This small jar of saffron was $16.95.

Literally only using it for Shabbat meals.

I also made an asian inspired salad:

Chopped carrots, edamame, green onions, red cabbage with a sesame dressing over top.

Olive oil, sesame oil, garlic powder, salt, sugar, vinegar, cashews and mayo. At the end we sprinkled with crispy chow mien noodles. So good.

We invited friends over, enjoyed beer and wine and incredible food.

Shabbat Shalom!

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