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Local Eats

Home Cooking & Takeout in Roslindale, West Roxbury and Beyond

Saturday, October 23, 2004

What is a Shawarma?

If you're ever in Abu Dhabi stop by the Auotmatic Restaurant.
gomideast.com - What is a Shawarma?

Thursday, October 07, 2004

Grilled Red Snapper

We are lucky to have the very good Roslindale Fish nearby and we shop there on a regular basis. The fish is always fresh and frequently different from day to day. I call in the morning 617-327-9487 to see what they have and they will put something aside for pickup that evening. In the spring and summer they had wonderful fresh sardines. Earlier this week it was whole Red Snapper and we broiled it.

Red Snapper
Grilled or Broiled

For 2 whole fish – gutted and scaled

Juice of two limes
2 Tbs. vegetable oil
1 Tbs. soy sauce
ginger and garlic, crushed
pinch of sugar
salt and pepper to taste

2 -3 Tbs. sesame oil
1 -2 Tbs. soy sauce
2 Tsp. minced ginger
2 -3 whole Chinese dried red peppers, cut into small pieces, discard seeds - substitute freely or omit
2 -3 scallions, chopped, green part only

Pat fish dry and make three or four slashes across each side. Marinate for ten or fifteen minutes on each side then grill or broil for about six minutes on each side or until done. Pour the sauce over the fish as soon as it comes off the heat and serve immediately.
Optional; before marinating put a bit of sliced orange in the cavity of each fish.

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Fabulous Sweet Basil

Great food at a little place in Needham, MA. Tender fried calamari with a delicious marinara sauce on the side. Seafood Fra Diavlo, mussels, clams, fish and more in a spicy broth served over a small mountain of hand made al dente pasta. Slabs of crusty, chewy bread and basil pesto. Rustic ravioli whose contents I cannot recount. All this and much more, nice, casual service. Huge portions, everything fresh and done with care, great value, friendly place, expect a wait if you go. People coming and going and it only seats fifty or so. Sweet Basil - Worth the trip! Bring cash - they don't take credit cards.

Sweet Basil
942 Great Plain Ave
Needham MA
(781) 444-9600