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Archive for December 19, 2010

From My Kitchen| Rice with Hamour – Siyadieh

Today my blog is 4 month old,and it’s that time again, time for the monthly recipe from my modest kitchen. As usual a very easy one. Sayadieh, rice with fish,  is a traditional Lebanese dish which is very elaborate and time consuming with a large number of ingredients. This is my easy version that is healthy, low in fat, and complete with nutrients. This is a  family favorite and an easy way to insert fish into your and your kids’ diet.

To prepare the fish you will need:

1 kg  fish fillet preferably Hamour, you can use frozen version if you don’t have access to fresh fish

2 tsp cinnamon powder

2 tsp cumin powder

Juice of 1 lemon

salt and pepper

2 tbs olive oil

For the sauce you will need:

4 onions (the secret to this dish) sliced

2 Tbs olive oil

2 cups fish or chicken stock

1 tsp cinnamon

1 1/2 cups long grain rice, you can use basmati if you prepare its also good

1/2 a cup of slivered almonds

2 Tbs of pine seeds or any other nuts you may choose to decorate your dish


At first prepare the fish fillets by applying oil to a baking try, and sprinkle the fillets with the cinnamon, cumin, salt, and lemon juice to both sides of the fillet , cover with aluminum foil and put in the oven which is preheated to 180 degrees Celsius. After around 10 minutes, turn them around and remove the foil.

In a pot heat the oil and add the 4 sliced onions, keep flipping them until they are caramelized. This will take some time and be careful not to burn them. Add the stock and the spices. Let them simmer well. Then you should blend them with a hand blender until smooth.

In a large put, put the rice and the onion sauce you blended, add around a cup to a cup and a 1/2 of water , mix and cook like you usually cook the rice. Fluff them with a fork from time to time. The rice will become a bit brownish in color due to the caramelized onion.

Check on the fish, turn them around until cooked and golden on both sides. Do not over-cook as they will become rubbery.

In a small frying pan, spray some fat-free oil, heat the pan and add the slivered almonds. Once almonds are golden, remove and add the pine nuts or whatever nuts you chose for sprinkling on top of your dish.

Assemble you dish as the photo above, put the born rice made with the onion sauce, lay the fish fillets and sprinkle the nuts.

Enjoy a very healthy dish full of flavor and benefits.

Bon Appétit !




Tiret Customizes a $250,000 Watch for Usher

Hip-hop musical artist Usher commissioned a special one of a kind watch from New York based jeweler and watch maker recently and the result, this brand new bling-ful Tiret. The Usher watch has an oblong oval shaped case with a self portrait in diamonds on the dial. Containing two Swiss ETA chronograph quartz movements, the watch technically can tell the time in two places.

Made of all natural stones, the watch features almost 10 carats of white and yellow diamonds on it and 1106 stones all over the watch. And just for the blatant use of diamonds, the wristy was recently featured in a diamond exhibit at the Natural History Museum in London among others. The other USP of the watch is that it is an interesting look into the life of Usher, and at the types of products that Tiret makes.

Usher paid a cool $250,000 for the bespoke watch, which comes in a box that doubles as a humidor for 78 cigars.