I’ve recently done a ‘stock take’ of all the less perishable ingredients lurking in my kitchen, these items don’t tend to be as much of a priority to use up as the perishables from my fridge, but never the less they build up over time and can become forgotten about until it’s too late and the use by date has approached.
The worst offending culprits for being forgotten about in my experience tend to be condiments and other items that come in jars. I often buy such ingredients, as I’m sure may of us do, for a particular recipe that only requires a miniscule amount of the total jar. TV cooking shows have a lot to answer for; introducing us all to new and exciting recipes that call for unusual and exotic ingredients that outside of the recipe they’re demonstrating are difficult to use up in every day cooking.
Harissa was one such offending item that I had left in my fridge, I wanted to use it for a quick and simple supper, however all the recipes I could find were complicated and called for a multitude of other ingredients, that if I was to purchase would contribute to another load of half-used jars in my fridge.
So I decided to ignore any complicated recipes that I had come across and create my own simple and flavoursome Middle Eastern inspired dish.
For the fish:
- 3 x tbsps natural yoghurt
- 1 tbsp harissa paste
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 2 x cod fillets
For the couscous:
- 100g couscous
- 150ml boiling water
- 1 x garlic clove crushed
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- Zest and juice of half a lemon
For the roasted vegetables:
- 1 x red pepper cut into chunks
- 1 x yellow pepper cut into chunks
- 1 x onion chopped
- Olive oil
Mix together the yoghurt, harissa and half of the lemon juice, cover fish and leave in the fridge to marinate for 30 mins
Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 200c
Place the chopped veg in an oven proof dish, drizzle with olive oil and place in oven for 20 mins
Whilst the vegetables are cooking ,mix together all the ingredients for the couscous and leave to stand for 5 mins (or as per packet instructions)
Remove the roasted veg from the oven, mix with the couscous and transfer to an oven proof dish
Place the harissa coated fish, skin side up on top of couscous and vegetable mix and pour over the remaining lemon juice
Bake in oven for 15-20 mins or until fish is cooked
This is a fantastic way to use up left-over harissa paste, the simple mix of yoghurt and harissa can be used to marinate a whole host of fish, poultry or meat which will ensure a jar is never left to fester in the back of my fridge again.