I caught you a delicious bass…

all the way done

So technically I did not catch this fish but couldn’t resist a chance to quote one of my favorite movies Napoleon Dynamite.  A movie I recently watched with Maike as a “culture experience.”  But I did buy and cook bass for the next recipe with came from the cookbook Thai Street Food.

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The recipe tagged was for Steamed Fish with Chilli and Lime Sauce.  I bought a bass at The Canadian Superstore on Walker Road.  I had the fish cleaned, and maybe I am naïve, because I was expecting the fish to be descaled.  It was not, so prior to cooking I made a giant mess in my kitchen descaling the dumb fish.  Anyway back to cooking…

I first made the chilli and lime sauce.  To do so I took some root from cilantro and roughly chopped it.  Then I smashed it using my mortar and pestle with some salt.  I then roughly chopped garlic and red chillies and smashed them into the cilantro root and salt.

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To that I added sugar, lime juice and fish sauce.  I mixed and let it sit out while I worked on the fish.

saucy
saucy

I took my fish and cut 4 slits on each side.

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Then I put the fish into a bit of simmering water on parchment paper. (The recipe called for a banana leaf but I was unable to locate that so I improvised and it worked just fine…to note though after making this dish I was able to locate frozen banana leaves at MultiFood Supermarket in Windsor – which is awesome BTW).

fake banana leaf
fake banana leaf

I covered the pot and let it simmer for 15-20 minutes.

check out the awesome new kitchen towels I have compliments of Jen!
check out the awesome new kitchen towels I have compliments of Jen!

When the fish was done I removed it from the pot and spooned the sauce over the fish and garnished with cilantro leaves.

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And then we ate it.

half way done
half way done
all the way done
all the way done

The Verdict: Another super simple dish!  And it was TASTY!  I was a bit intimated to be cooking a full fish but was very pleasantly surprised how easy it was!!  I will be making this one again.  If you want to be brave and cook a whole fish you can grab the recipe here.

I want to also say I got some great Christmas gifts this year.  The kitchen towels from Jen pictured above are awesome, but I also got quite a few new cookbooks.

Terrible photo sorry...lot of fun new cookbooks - including a Polish cookbook from Malwina!
Terrible photo sorry…lot of fun new cookbooks – including a Polish cookbook from Malwina!

Also, I received an awesome chef’s coat from Matt and an awesome new peppermill (not pictured).

sneak peak of what we did for NYE...
sneak peak from NYE…

And what I think was my favorite gift this year…a very thoughtful gift from Maike.  Wood burned utensils with “Cooking with Rosemary” on them.  This is really a gift I will always cherish.  Thanks Maike!

love!
love!