After yesterday's hangover induced comfort food, I am back in the saddle and raring to crack on with the Olympic Food Challenge. I was surprised when researching my previous nineteen countries that I hadn't found more fish dishes. This time around my countries seem to be more interested in their fishing grounds, which suits me fine.
The first fish dish is actually billed as the accompaniment to a traditional Libyan rice dish of Ruz Hoot bil Kusbur or Herbed Rice with Cumin Marinated Fish. The fact that this is a fish dish is not the only reason that I picked it. It was the main factor but not the only one; the flavours in the rice were really tempting. The deciding factor was the marinade for the fish. I don't think I have ever used a tablespoon of cumin in anything. It is a spice that can overpower other flavours if not used judiciously, but I went along with the recipe
I am very glad that I trusted Libyan Food because the finished dish was superb. The cumin, garlic and lemon juice in the marinade combined really well to flavour the fish*. I don't know if the breadcrumbs tempered the flavours but the result was great. The rice was also really good. I didn't have any fish stock so used vegetable stock instead but again the combination of flavours and the addition of whole roasted corriander seeds gave the dish an extra bite.
This is without a doubt one of the best meals we have cooked during the Olympic Food Challenge. I would go as far as saying it warrants a gold medal. Libya didn't get any medals during the Olympics and they only have a team of two entered in the Paralympics. I hope they do well, I'll certainly be cheering them on after this dish.
*I chose coley, you can choose what you want.