Geez, I didn't realize this post has been in the draft for a few months now. Good thing I had browsed through the photos in the laptop to check which dishes I haven't posted yet. Hmmm... I really thought I've already done this post. But well anyway, another simple dish for you Expat peeps, and the best thing about this dish is that this can be prepared as a single serving for you who are living on your own.
Usually I buy these frozen fish fillets in the supermarket for parties, like when I have to make dishes such as Sweet and Sour, or Lemon Butter fillets, it is much more convenient to buy these packed fillets instead of doing the filleting myself. And even for our own home cooking, I use these fillets because our Big Ate loves this. At this instance though, I have opted to try making something different out of the fish. This time, I have prepared the fish with a bit of Parmesan cheese and some herbs and then baked it with tomatoes and onions for added flavor. Hmm... honestly, it isn't much of a fit for the PascuaFam's palate so I guess I wouldn't be making it again. I'm guessing because the flavors used are leaning a bit to Italian cooking, and we're not much into Italian dishes. Well, that is only my guess. But I'm not saying it isn't good, because it is. It's just that it didn't become a hit in our household but who knows, you might like it, so don't take my word for it, and please do let me know how you liked it. :)
Ooops! Sorry for the blurred photo, took this with my phone :(
Surprisingly, I have not yet posted a recipe for this dish. I guess because it has always been common favorite among Pinoy households that I just assumed everybody knows how to prepare Ginataang Tilapia. The inspiration to this post actually is not really to share the recipe but to share to Doha peeps out there our discovery in Safari Supermarket (the one in Abu Hamour, near the Catholic church just a few hundred meters away from QDC). Well, we have just discovered that prices there a bit lower than those of Lulu, Carrefoure and Family Food Center. I couldn't tell exactly how much the price difference is, but what I do know is that doing our usual grocery shopping, the total bill comes to about a couple of hundred Riyals lower than when we do the shopping from the other supermarkets. How do I know, it's because whenever we do our grocery shopping, the Expat Daddy and I have this little game where we guess what the total cost of our shopping would be. So like every time, we know just how much more or less it would turn out, and most of the time we would just be about maybe QR20-30 off from the accurate amount. But then when we shop at the Safari Supermarket, we are always around QR150-200 over that correct amount. So yes, it's not exactly a very scientific experiment, but we are truly enjoying our little game, and double the fun when it's about QR200 less than our usual guesses. :)
So anyway, going back to the Tilapia. I'm not sure if you do but we notice that frozen Tilapia is really not as good as the fresh ones we get from the wet market, right? So for the frozen one the usual dish we make of it is something that would include fying it first to a crisp before adding it to whatever sauce we like at the moment. And the frozen Tilapia in Safari Supermarket is no different. But what's good about it is that they have these frozen Tilapia packs which are just QR7.50/kg ($2.00), about 4-5 pieces, so good for 1 family meal. So imagine that, for about 4-6 family members, this meal would just be less than QR2.00 per person, right? If that doesn't make you smile, well.. I don't know what will. :)
cooking oil for frying
2 eggplants, sliced
string beans, cut
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 small onion, sliced
1 cup coconut milk powder diluted in 1 cup of water
1 tbs vinegar
1 tbs soy sauce
salt and pepper
Thaw the Tilapia, wash and drain excess water. Sprinkle with salt and set aside.
Heat oil and fry the eggplants until lightly browned. Do not overcook. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towel to remove excess oil.
In the same pan, fry the fish to a crisp. Transfer into another plate lined with paper towel.
Use a slightly bigger pan for the rest of the cooking. Heat about 2tbs of the used oil then add the garlic. Saute for about 2-3 minutes or until soft and fragrant then add the onions. Cook until soft and translucent.
Add the string beans. Saute for another 3 minutes then add the diluted coconut milk.
Lower the heat and let simmer for about 5-8 minutes or until desired consistency is achieved.
Add soy sauce and vinegar, do not stir.
Return the fish and eggplants into the pan. Keep for about 2-3 minutes then check and adjust taste with salt and pepper.
Turn off heat. Serve with hot rice. Enjoy!
Mommy Tip: I always enjoy this dish with a dipping sauce of soy sauce, lemon and chili for that added kick! :)
Definitely better than my singing according to the Expat Daddy :)
Finally! A new dish for the blog! Haaysss... been a SAHM for 2 months now, and honestly, I feel that I've become more "tamadin". Since the kids too have been on summer vacation, our life had just been relaxed and well, that has been what we have been doing in the past couple of months, relaxing. With it, embarrassingly enough, I have neglected the blogs for a while. Actually, there's been a lot to write about even if we were just staying at home and I have all noted them in my mind, but, I don't know... There really is no excuse for it but 100% laziness! LOL! But this time, I do resolve to take care of these. So I really really hope you readers are still out there. I truly am sorry for not updating the blog. I hope that you had stayed. And so with this, I think there is no better way to start blogging again but with a very simple yet delicious recipe. Something you fellow expat and non-expat moms out there could easily cook in less than 15 minutes or so. Yet so delish that the Fam would surely love you more for it. Just as the the Expat Daddy told me, I can cook this all I want, as long as I stay away from singing! Hahaha!