Friday, 12 March 2010

Cod Parcel..... Mood = Thats a Wrap!

Food shopping for me is always a pleasure. I think maybe like a fashionista going to a sample sale. I get the same feeling of urgency and want, and Greed. I want to buy everything, and as i go along, getting the basics, i begin to get random things that i think i need but dont, and then i have to figure out a way of using them. I saw Cod, i saw pommegranate, i saw fennel, mint and corinader.

Then i saw PUFF PASTRY. By the way if you dont know anything about me, Puff Pastry is the main thing in my life that makes me swoon. I just cant express how much i love it. I would eat it with everything. But i dont. It is just unreal how much this makes me excited. I love it with desserts, i love it with savoury things, especially pies and parcels.

So i decied i was going to make a Cod parcel filled with all of the above. And i did. It turned out surprisingly beautiful and ever so tasty. But next time i will have to marinate the fish to get extra flavour, as my husband says " Cod is just my least favourite fish as it has NO taste EVER".

He is right.Cod is a pretty tasteless fish and marinating it before hand will give your dish an egde. And this is what i will recommend for anyone. Like i do with my Sayyadiyeh recipe.

So after my experimental dish, i have to say i was very happy with the results. You should try it. But marinate it first.




Recipe:

2x 250g cod
1 fennel
1 bunch mint
1 bunch of coriander
Half a pommegranate
Lemon to taste
Sherry vinegar to taste
Salt
1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
ready made puff pastry
1 egg
Pastry brush

Method:

  • Make the marinade, by mixing lemon, sherry vinegar, salt, cayenne, pepper, mint, coriander, and salt. Plcae the cod peices into it and let it marinate for a while. About half an hour.
  • Cut the fennel into thin slices and remove the cod and set aside.
  • Place the fennel into the marinde. Add the pommegrante.
  • Roll out two peices of puff pastry with about 2 inches on each side extra around the cod.
  • Place the fennel mix on the base, the cod on top and some pommegranate on top of that. 
  • Brush the sides with egg was and begin to fold your parcels.
  • Add some more egg wash on top of the puff pastry to add extra shine while cooking.
  • Seal them well and place in a hot oven at 200 degrees for about 15 minutes, or until the pastry has gone golden brown.
  • Make some more salad using fennel, mint, coriander, lemon and cayenne pepper and set aside till your fish parcel is ready.

This is a fresh and comforting dish, maybe because of the pastry, but it has all the elements, pastry, fish, vegetables, and herbs.

I love receiving parcels..... dont you?

4 comments:

Soraya said...

Im not sure how this tastes, but just by looking at it, it is making me very very hingry. The colours are just super. I cant wait to try it. If i dont have puff pastry can i use filo?

Joudie's Mood Food said...

It tasted amazing, But take note about marinating the fish first which i didnt do. I would reccomend it highly. Yes ofcourse you can use filo. It would be delicious. Try it.

tasteofbeirut said...

This is such an elegant and delicious way of serving cod! I would try it asap, next time I find some good puff pastry; do you use your own or do you buy the ready-made ones?

Joudie's Mood Food said...

Hi Joumana, i actually buy ready made Puff pastry. Life is too short to make my own...... I have done it many times before but there are some really really good ones out there. Let me know how it goes.