Moroccan Cod with Potatoes & Tomatoes

6 cod fillets

2/3 cup coriander, chopped
4 garlic cloves, crushed
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon chili pepper
6 tablespoons olive oil
juice of 1 lemon

2 pounds of new potatoes (peeled and cut into 1/4 inch slices)
1 pound tomatoes, peeled (sliced 1/3 inch slices)
olive oil

1. Mix coriander, garlic, cumin, paprika, chili pepper, olive oil and lemon together in a dish and marinate fish in half of this for at least 30 minutes. Brush the bottom of a baking dish with oil and place tomatoes and potatoes in it them drizzle with a little more oil. Put the dish in a preheated 425 F oven for 50 minutes. During this turn them over once.

2. Take the potatoes and tomatoes out of the oven, place fish fillets on top and return to oven, bake for about 12 minutes. Just before serving pour the remaining chermoula over the fish and vegetables.

Coffee Thumbprints

These cute little snacks are a great pick me up as they are filled with coffee. So enjoy a few anytime of the day.

1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon instant coffee, divided
2-1/2 teaspoons hot water, divided
1/4 cup cream cheese
2 teaspoons powdered sugar
1/4 cup softened butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons sifted all purpose flour
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1. Dissolve 1 teaspoon coffee in 1/2 teaspoon hot water; add cream cheese and powdered sugar, beating until smooth. Set aside. Dissolve remaining 1 tablespoon in 2teaspoon hot water; set aside. Cream butter; gradually add sugar, beating with a hand/stand mixer until light. Add coffee. Add egg and vanilla; beat well. Combine flour, cocoa and soda; add to the creamed mixture beating well. Chill dough at least 30 minutes.

2. Shape dough into balls; place 2 inches apart on un-greased baking sheet. Press thumb into each cookie, leaving print. Bake at 350 F for 8 minutes. Spoon 1/4 teaspoon reserved cream cheese mixture into each cookie indentation and let cool completely.

Optional: you can place cream cheese or peanut butter on top of some cookies

Yields: 2 dozen

Pinenut Stuffed Meatballs

1 onion, diced finely
1-1/2 pounds ground beef
salt and pepper, to taste
1-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice
2/3 cup pine nuts
vegetable oil
2 pounds tomatoes, diced
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons garlic, chopped

1. In a medium sized bowl, add beef, onion, salt, pepper, cinnamon and allspice. Work mixture into a paste with your hands. Roll into walnut sized balls. Make a hole in each ball and stuff with pine nuts.

2. Put some oil on a plate and roll meatballs in it. Place on a baking dish baking on 400 F for 15-20 minutes.

3. For sauce add tomatoes to a food processor and liquefy. Add salt, pepper, sugar and garlic. Pour over meatballs and bake for another 35 minutes OR just serve sauce on side for guest to add their on as I did in the above picture.

Adapted from Arabsque

Salmon Fritters

1 (16 ounce) can of salmon
1 small onion, chopped
2 tablespoons parsley
Pepper, to taste
2 eggs, beaten
1 to 1-1/2 cups bread crumbs
3 tablespoons butter
Pita (for serving)
oil for frying

1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoon honey Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon lime juice

1.In a small bowl add mayonnaise, mustard and lime juice. Mix well, sit aside.

2. In a large mixing bowl add salmon, onion, parsley, pepper, eggs, bread crumbs and butter. Mix with hands until well blended. Meanwhile, in large pan heat oil (enough for frying) on medium heat. Make small balls out of the salmon mixture and fry until done. Cut piece of pita bread in half and open so that you have a pocket. Place fritters, sauce and whatever vegetables you make like.

Yields: 3 servings