Bizarre Pregnant Cravings!

When I was pregnant with my first child, and before I knew I was pregnant, I experienced the most bizarre pregnant cravings!!

We were living in Bahrain at that time. Our weekend ritual back then was to take the boat out in the sea and escape the noise and everything and go island hopping with our friends. Bahrain is surrounded with beautiful tiny islands and our favourite was ‘Jarada Island’ which was a phenomena. This island only appears for 4 hours a day when the tide is low. Once the tide kicks in, the island disappears under the sea water. However, the water is shallow because of the island, which also happens to be in the middle of the sea. So once the tide is in and the island is under, you can still be standing in the middle of the sea on the hidden island! Beautiful! So we used to head out there, reach in time for low tide, set up a BBQ, prepare the food, eat, then wrap up before the high tide. The rest of the day we would spend floating, skiing and swimming in the middle of the sea by the hidden island!

One day as I was standing there I could see schools of ladyfish swimming, and I had the most bizarre urge to eat that fish, raw as is!!! I was telling my friend, I can’t believe that looking at this fish, I can only think I want to eat it! It felt weird but I left it there… A few days later I learnt I was pregnant and figured that was a craving! I did for the rest of the pregnancy crave and eat ladyfish all along!! So as you can tell, I love ladyfish and can never get bored with this almost dainty fish! It is really super easy to make but fantastic to have!



Organic Flour

Vegetable oil for frying

Salt & Black pepper

For Tahina Sauce

1/4 cup Tahina

Juice of 1 lemon

1-2 tsp DS Green Shatta (green chili sauce), optional for spicy

2 tbsp yogurt or water for thinning the sauce

Chopped parsley for garnish

Clean the fish well, pat dry then rub with a wedge of lemon.

Coat the fish with flour and deep fry until golden, making sure not to overcook, there is nothing worse than overcooked fish!

Serve the ladyfish hot with Tahina sauce.

To make the Tahina sauce:

Mix 1/4 cup Tahina with the juice of 1 lemon to form a paste. Thin the sauce with either yogurt or a little water.

Season with salt and black pepper and for extra zing add 1 tsp DS Green Shatta (green chili sauce) to the tahina mix.

Garnish with chopped parsley.

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