Wednesday, September 20, 2006


Growing up I can remember that everytime we had Fish Fillets or some other sort of fish, we usually had this side dish. It's especially good served with "Pataniscas de Bacalhau". Cod Fish cakes...I will post the recipe one of these days, along with "Peixinhos da Horta", which is green beans fried in batter, sometimes with a little chopped onion too.

Now here's the thing, I'm not a tomato fan, actually you could say that I really dislike them. I will often pick them out of my salad or hamburger, though I do eat them in sauces, jams etc. Go figure!!!

This rice is delicious and makes a great side dish, it's also a great way to serve rice instead of just the usual plain way.


1 medium onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
½ cup vegetable oil
4 plum tomatoes, peeled and seeded
1 teaspoon salt
1 bay leaf
1 cup white rice

Place the chopped onion and the minced garlic in a skillet with the peanut oil over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is transparent. Add the tomatoes, salt and the bay leaf. Simmer 5 minutes or until the tomatoes are almost puréed.

Stir in the 2 cups water and bring to a boil. Add the rice; stir; cover, and cook for 20 minutes or until all the water is absorbed.

Serves 4.

Optional: I also like adding some spinach leaves to it, it adds some color and is really tasty too.


  1. This really does sound good. Sometimes I think serving the same old side dishes all the time is an easy habit to get into. I can think of a lot of things this would go well with. So as always, thanks. Again!

  2. I absolutely love tomatoes and I know I will really like this recipe. I am going to make this one very soon.

  3. I am going to give this one a try tomorrow. I have garden tomatoes coming out of my ears and I looking for tasty ways to use them. Thanks for the recipe.

  4. Yum!! I made this last night and it was sooo good. I mean, I knew I liked all the ingredients and that I should like it, but it was way better than I imagined!!

    Thanks for the recipe!!

    Oh...and I loved the deep fried green beans, too. When you get chance, could you post the recipe for the fish? Maybe you already have, but I couldn't find it. I've just recently started eating fish and really like it!!