Feast Of The Seven Fishes

A Jewish girl's summer spin on an Italian Christmas feast.

Jewish Week Online Columnist

It's the dead of summer in New York City, and here I am, a Jewish girl, thinking about Christmas. There's one part of Christmas that I always wished I could celebrate. It's not the gifts, the tree decorating, or the gorgeous lights. It's the Feast of the Seven Fishes. I have always been jealous of my Italian friends when it comes to celebrating this amazing tradition. The Feast of the Seven Fishes is an Italian Christmas celebration where seven different types of fish are served and eaten in one meal. Why I am thinking about this now? This month is the Hebrew month of Av, and in the first nine days of Av, Jewish people are meant to mourn the destruction of the first and second Holy Temples. During these nine days, Jewish people are not meant to eat meat. In my mind, that means: eat fish. To make a long story short, I couldn't help but think how much fish I've eaten and cooked this month, and that led me to think about the Feast of Seven Fishes! So, today I will offer 1 truly awesome fish recipe, not 7 (I am not Italian, though I wish I was)!

For the fish:
1 flounder fillet (about 1.5 pounds) you can use any large white fish fillet, no skin
3 drops worstershire sauce
3 drops honey or fig syrup (also called Silan, available at Israeli markets or online, I highly recommend!)
3 drops yellow mustard salt and pepper
For the zucchini:
2 small zucchinis, sliced super thin into rounds
1 garlic clove
1/2 jalapeno (optional)
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon sugar
Good pinch of salt and pepp
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