Today I chatted with Matt Swaim, Sonrise Morning Show about fish. Each week we chat about foods, herbs, etc.mentioned in the Bible. Since this is the start of Lent and since fish will be at some good prices during the Lenten season, it’s a good time to eat more of this healthy food.
Fish. Many references abound
John 21: 4-14 Talks about Jesus appearing again to the disciples as they were fishing and were unable to catch any fish. “Cast the net on the right side”, Jesus told them. The caught a net full of fish!
Matthew 15:34-36: The story of the loaves and fishes, when Jesus took seven loaves of bread and a fee small fish and miraculously fed 4,000 men, plus women and children, with leftovers.
Matthew 8:23-26; When Jesus calmed the storm that rocked the disciples fishing boat.
Seafood was an important part of the Biblical diet.
When you consider the geography, the Sea of Gallilee, the Nile River, Jordan River and Mediterranean sea, this part of the world was surrounded by water abounding with fish. And the disciples, many of whom were fisherman, were called “fishers of men”.
They had certain rules for fishing.
Rules for fishing were stringent. When the haul was brought ashore, the fish first had to be sorted into clean and unclean fish. According to Leviticus 11:9-12, fish with scales and fins were regarded as clean, but those without them, such as catfish and eel, were unclean. Then they were counted. Counting was necessary for tax purposes and in order to ensure that each party received his due. Fish had to be sold while the water still remained on them.
JEFF’S SUPER SIMPLE SALMON
From Dottie, in my recipe group. She was served this by “Jeff”, a friend of hers. So good!
I used dried dill and finely chopped green onions or wild green onions instead of fresh dill and chives.
For 2 fillets:
Combine 3 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil 1 tsp. each minced fresh dill, chives, parsley, 1 tsp. lemon zest and 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice.
Set oven 450. Drizzle salmon with a bit of olive oil, then Salt and pepper the salmon and place on parchment paper. Roast salmon until firm (I had 2, 8 oz each which took 10 minutes.
Remove from oven and place on top of spaghetti which has been sprinkled with some Parmesan. Pour oil mixture over the salmon and let some drip into the pasta.