Sunday, May 16, 2010

So This Is What Persian Food Heaven Is Like...

Wow, look at that beautifully plated meal, made by the just-as-beautiful MA. =) My first home-cooked Persian meal (sabzi polo ba with mahi) in patio paradise.

Here you see MA's perfectly cooked salmon with the crispiest edges I have ever crunched on. This Atlantic salmon was covered in Persian spices Somag, Golpar, alongside herbs, salt and pepper, garlic and freshly squeezed lemon. Sent straight to the oven at 450 degrees Celsius for 45 minutes and out comes a tender and moist fish that melts in your mouth.

Ohh la la! This herb infused basmati rice was a great pairing with the salmon. Included was dill, parsley, cilantro, vegetable oil and salt. The crispy coating of the rice, tadeek, is the best part! (When cooking Chinese rice, we call it 'fan jew', lol). SO FREAKING DELICIOUS.

And of course, the greens! MA's lovely mixed green salad with chunks of avacado (my favorite!) and tomatoes. Her home made dressing which you can see in the above pictures is made with mayo, yogurt, apple cider vinegar, and salt and pepper. Refreshing and super tasty! What a delight! I was definitely in food heaven this day. =)

I also have to add that I was so fascinated by her kitchen's modern gadgets! (Modern to me, anyway). On the left is the tea bag scooper and drainer and on the right, a grind for fresh lemon juice! I just love using kitchen tools for every job possible!

Oh and of course her two-tiered dish drying rack - brilliant!! Thanks again MA, for an amazing meal topped off with our favorite reggae jams and relaxing patio time. You're the best!


  1. Wow Irene, thank you for your lovely description. I just showed the pictures and read your blog to my parents and they were equally impressed with your beautiful writing. Makes me confident to cook more often and of course you're welcome over anytime ;)

  2. Wow that looks delicious!

  3. I crave this meal all the time! =) You should be super confident in cooking because everything was sooooo delicious (see the comment above!), I kept saying 'omg, remember the dinner we just had guys', all night!

  4. This food looks so good I wish someone aka MA would make it for me

  5. Only if you're lucky Anton ... I am keeping my fingers crossed for another lovely meal cooked by MA very, very soon!

  6. Lol thanks guys. I will definitely cook again for both of you. :)