Friday Feast: Homemade Pita Bread

Bread, Healthy Living, Recipe

As promised here is a recipe for homemade pita bread. If you want it to stay fresh just place it in a plastic bag after baking and freeze it. It should last about 1 month that way. Just take a piece out of the freezer and warm it up when you would like to eat it.

Otherwise go ahead and enjoy it right away :-) It is great warm!! :) and it should last about 1 week.
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Keep your olive oil FRESH!!

Healthy Living

Did you know that where and how you store your olive oil is just as important as what kind of olive oil you are using???

Since olive oil contains a high amount of monounsaturated fat, it can be store much longer than other types of oil. But there are three enemies of oil: AIR, HEAT and LIGHT. All 3 of these can cause the oil to create free radicals and become oxidized which leads to less health benefits and rancidity that can leave a bad taste in your mouth.

There is also some evidence that if you do not store olive oil properly some of the health benefits may diminish. 

In a study that appeared in a 2004 issue of the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, researchers tested olive oil that had been stored for 1 year under perfect conditions. After 1 year, much of the olive oil’s healing powers were diminished. The vitamin E was gone, nearly 30 percent of the chlorophyll deteriorated, and 40 percent of the beta-carotene had disintegrated. Phenol levels had also dropped as well. 

Here are some tips for olive oil—
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have you had your SAGE lately?? plant it or buy it…

Healthy Living, Spice

The silvery-green sage plant is native to Mediterranean regions and is now cultivated throughout the USA. There are almost 1000 different varieties of sage but they all contain similar health benefits which are outlined below. I grow sage in my garden and like to add it to my tea and if you are a guest at my house, you will probably be served a cup of tea with sage :) It is most commonly used in the USA as a Turkey stuffing on Thanksgiving. I would caution against Read the rest of this entry »


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Al’ard GIVEAWAY!!!

Giveaway

Al’ard (http://www.alardproducts.com/) is giving away THREE bottles of their ORGANIC OLIVE OIL to a lucky Suzy Eats Reader!!!

All you have to do is visit their website and tell us how you plan to use the olive oil (i.e. what are you going to cook, are you going to give it away as a gift???)

This contest is only open to those in the United States. Three winners will be randomly selected from below and contacted via email upon closing.

Contest Ends on March 28th. Good luck :-)


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Tuesday Toast: Mimi Cooks— Fish & Rice

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Today’s Tuesday Toast is from MimiCooks (www.mimicooks.com). We thought a fish recipe would be perfect. Many types of fish (i.e. salmon) are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids which help to lower a part of your cholesterol called triglycerides. There is also evidence that omega-3 fatty acids helps brain function as well.  All of the ingredients in this recipe are fresh and many of the benefits have been discussed in previous posts on www.suzyeats.com (ie cumin, tumeric, garlic). Please let us know what you think of the recipe. :)

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This is how I make Sayyadeyeh. There are many recipes for this delicious dish, depending on where you live in the Middle East, but the end product is always delicious and satisfies any fish lover.

Fish Fillet

 

Ingredients: 
 
 
1- 1.5 Pound of  fish fillet. You may use any fish of your choice.
 1.5  Cups long grain rice
 4-5 onions, sliced
 1 Cup canola oil
1 Cup of flour
One teaspoon of : Salt, Black Pepper, Cinnamon, Cumin, Turmeric and a tablespoon of Cardamom 
 
Marinate for the fish:
1/4 Cup olive oil
Juice of one lemon
Salt and black pepper to taste
1 tablespoon of Cumin
Few crushed garlic cloves
 
Directions:
 
Fried Onions
 * Wash the fish well with water. The fish should not have any fishy smell, it should smell like the sea and this means that it is fresh.
* Wash the rice and set aside.
* Prepare the marinate by mixing up all the marinate ingredients. Add the fish and cover the fillets from both sides. Set aside for about half an hour.
* Heat the canola oil in a frying pan. 
* Dip the fillets in the flour to cover from both sides then fry to a golden color.
* Set the fish aside on paper towel to absorb the extra oil.
* Strain the canola oil you used to fry the fish with and use it to saute/ fry the onions. This way you will get the flavor of the fish incorporated with the onions.
* Brown the onions to a nice golden/brown color. Set aside on a paper towel to absorb the extra oil.
* Add the spices to the rice to prepare for assembly.
To assemble:
*Put the onions in the bottom of the pot. 
*Add a thin layer of the spiced up rice. 
*Add the fish fillets. 
*Add another layer of the rice to cover up all the fish. 
*Add water just to cover up the rice.
Fried Halibut Fillets
*Cook on high heat until the water starts boiling. Lower the heat and cook the post on low simmer until the rice is fully cooked. It is just like cooking a pot of rice. It should take about 30-45 minutes to cook. 
* Invert the pot on a platter. Add couple of fried fish fillets on top and garnish with fried pine nuts or fried slivered almond or both.
Serve hot next to green salad or tomato salad mixed with parsley and cucumber with tahini sauce.
Enjoy!


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