Cooked fish / Fish stew recipe - Love and everything blog

Hello guys!
I was willing to prepare a cooked fish for weeks... But I wanted something like those fish stew from the northeast (of Brazil), prepared with red palm oil and coriander (actually I don't even really like coriander - but recently I learned that it's actually good, you just have to know how to use it).

I searched for some recipes but none of them seemed to be exactly what I was looking for, so I kind of made a junction of several of them.

I was in doubt about using the palm oil because I thought it would be too "fatty", but a friend of mine  (Hey Sthe!) who loves healthy stuff and is always watching those healthy cooking programs, told me that palm oil is great for health, because it has many nutrients that are good for our body.
Also, she told me that is one of the best oils to use in cooking, and that my body would be glad if I use it. Yay! It was what I needed.

Well, the recipe!

Brazilian cooked fish (or Brazilian fish stew) - serves 2 people

  • 2 big fillets of fish (I used dogfish - the name in Portuguese is cação)
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 onion
  • 1 mediam red pepper
  • 1 mediam yellow pepper
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup fresh green onions
  • 1/4 cup fresh coriander
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil palm
  • 4 tablespoons of coconut milk (you can use the light one)
  • 1 pinch of saffron
  • 1 lemon
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

First, season the fish with the juice of one lemon, salt and pepper. Let soak for half an hour at least. 
Meanwhile, wash the onion, tomatoes and peppers and cut them into slices. Chop the garlic into small pieces.
In a high pan, add the palm oil, the chopped garlic and the onion slices and leave it until turn golden on medium heat. The onions will be the first layer of the stew.
Then place a layer of tomatoes. Then a layer of yellow pepper and a layer of red pepper.
Place the fish fillets. Add another layer of yellow or red peppers, and add the parsley, the green onions and cilantro. Throw a pinch of saffron, salt and black pepper.
Turn to low heat and cover the pan with a lid.

Let it cook for 40 minutes. The tomatoes will release water, and the fish too. Frozen fish loose more water than fresh fish. If it do not release enough water to cover half of the pan after 15 minutes of cooking, you can add 100ml of water.

After the 40 minutes of cooking, add the coconut milk and cook for another 15 minutes with the pan covered.
Then open the pan and cook for 5 minutes with it open, only to dry a little the broth.

And you are done!
You can serve with rice and vegetables, or as a stew.
It's up to you.

You can adapt this recipe to a healthier version, using coconut oil and without the coconut milk.
You may just need to add a little bit more water. Or you can use other types of fish, like codfish. I rather prepare it with cação because it is a cartilaginous fish. But it's up to you.

You should really try. It is a strong spice, but very tasty.

Love, Deborah

Grass head DIY - Love and everything blog

Once when I was a child I earned a grass head as a gift, and despite it’s such a simple thing, I remember I LOVED the gift!

I watered it so much. Too much actually, because I was very excited to see that green hair grow. I remember waking up in the morning and run to see if it had grown. And despite all that water, I got lucky. Because the hair actually grew. Yay!

The first time I was the “hair stylist” (Lol) of the grass head and had to cut that “hair”, I was like I had accomplished a mission.
And the grass head lasted for months, and had several haircuts.

So, these days I wanted to give my little little sister a gift, and for some reason I remembered this Grass head. I even searched for it to buy one for her, until I think, HELLOOOO, You can MAKE ONE. 
DIY it!

It’s so simple and easy to make. You just need some space. Let’s do this?

  • Old tights
  • Birdseed
  • Soil or Sawdust
  • Plastic eyes
  • Super glue or Hot glue

First. Let the birdseeds underwater in a pot overnight. This will help it to grow faster.

Cut 12 inches (30 cm) of the tights, always using the bottom (where the foot is). And cut two thinner strips too. They will serve to tie and to make the nose.

Take the bottom of the tight and put a bunch of birdseed in it.  Push it well down. Then put the soil or sawdust. I put approximately 20 tablespoons full of soil in each one. But you can add it until it gets the size you want. Remember to press the soil down every time you add more.

Then you use one of the strips to close the bottom. Try to tie the knot as tight as possible. Then press it inside the head to not be visible.
Then pull a little bit of the soil in the middle of the “head” to make the nose. Use the second strip to tie. 

Then you glue the little eyes. And that is it. You have your grass head.

You can customize it too. You can make a pirate grass head. A girl grass head. You can put some eyeglasses on them. You can use colorful pants. It’s up to you! =)

Cute han?

And the little ones love to see the growth of this hair.

Love, Deborah