Friday, July 12, 2013

More recipes, Couscous and Fish Cakes

More recipes! I know. Hahaha. I'm skipping Tuesday Things this week as I've posted more blog posts than I should. What? Haha. Let me tell you one thing, I used to have big and unrealistic dreams before I got married. Hardcore career and etc. Never see myself as a stay-at-home-wife. Probably because all I want in life at that time is fun and pleasure, of being alone, of being an unmarried girl in a "semi-conventional" family. But when I met my husband, my perception shifted a bit. In a positive direction I must say. And I literally swarmed to the idea of marriage, a good marriage in particular. So I got married. The best decision in my life! So being realistic. Haha. :)

But boy, marriage is complex! It's a mixture of everything and my marriage, like you guys, is far from perfect. I think there's no such thing as perfect marriage. And we too have our ups and downs, few hiccups along the way, few annoying habits to tolerate with. But I love my husband to bits and for now, he's the only man that I have in my life and he's the only male model that we have in our little family which comprise of my mum, my two sisters and mother-in-law. I'm not sure if I should pity my husband or admire him for being able to survive in a female-dominant-world. Hahaha. Enough poking fun of husband I reckon? 

Anyway as I've mentioned before, here are the two recipes for you guys to try at home. Have fun and Ramadhan Kareem guys!

Baked Couscous Amaze-balls
Recipe adapted by Cupcake Project


Leftover couscous
Combination of 3 different cheese (mozzarella, cheddar and parmesan)
Panko breadcrumbs
Pepper and salt
Spices or herbs (cayenne pepper, Italian herb mix, etc.)
1 egg


1. Preheat oven to 180C.
2. Dump everything in a bowl and mix until combined.
3. Roll the couscous mixture into balls.
4. If you prefer you can coat the couscous ball with another layer of panko breadcrumbs.
5. Bake for 20-25 minutes until lightly brown.

Jamie Oliver Inspired Smoked Whiting & Pollock Fish Cakes
Recipe adapted from Jamie Oliver's & Angela Nilsen


250 g of smoked whiting
250 g of pollock
2 bay leaves
150 ml milk
2 potatoes
1/2 tsp of finely grated lemon zest
chopped parsley
snipped chives
1 egg
Panko breadcrumbs
Cheddar cheese (optional)
Handful of spinach (optional)


1. Lay the fish and bay leaves in a frying pan.
2. Pour over milk and 150 ml of water. Cover and let it simmer for 4 minutes.
3. Put aside, covered and let the heat gently cook the fish for another 10 minutes.
4. Peel and boil potatoes in another saucepan. Add a pinch of salt and let the potatoes boil until tender.
5. Take the fish out and drain the potatoes. Mash the potatoes until light and fluffy.
6.  Combine the fish, chopped parsley, snipped chives, lemon zest, spinach and cheese into the mashed potatoes.
7. Season well with salt and pepper.
8. Beat the egg on a large plate. Divide the fish mixture into four.
9. On the floured board and with floured hands, carefully shape into four cakes, about 2.5 cm thick.
10. Sit each cake in the egg and brush over the top and sides so it is completely coated.
11. Sit the cakes on the crumbs and make sure they are lightly covered.
12. Preheat oven to 220C and bake for 15-25 minutes until lightly browned.