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    Smoked White Fish

    Iran - Smoked White Fish


    • Course/Drink: Main Course

    Smoked White Fish is a part of  the traditional Iranian new year (Norouz) menu.

    Ingredients :

    • 1 whole white fish
    • 1 cup of brown sugar
    • ½ cup of kosher salt
    • 6 cloves of garlic
    • 1 lemon
    • 4 branches of dill
    • 4 charcoal briquettes
    • 3 cups cherry wood chips
    • Canola oil cooking spray
    • 1 aluminum pan

    Serves for 4-6 persons.

    How to Cook :

    1- Bring 3 cups of water to a simmer.

    2- To the water add brown sugar and salt; mix until both are dissolved.

    3- In a large bowl combine the brine, 2 quarts of water and 4 smashed garlic cloves. Mix well. Then add fish making sure that it is submerged in the brine. Cover and refrigerate over night.

    4- When ready to smoke, first soak the wood chips for at least half an hour.

    5- Remove the fish from the brine, rinse, and dry completely.

    6- To the belly of the fish add sliced lemons, thin slices of garlic, and dill.

    7- Score the fish every 2 to 3 inches on each side. In each cavity place a thin slice of garlic.

    8- Turn gas grill on and place the four briquettes on top of the flame; allow them to turn white.

    9- Drain the wood chips.

    10- Place the briquettes in an aluminum pan then top with the wood chips. Place on the right back corner or left corner of the grill. Keep only the flame under the aluminum foil on.

    11- Spray the vegetable rack inside the grill with cooking spray. Lay fish on top.

    12- Close the lid and smoke for 2 hours. Preferably, the temperature inside the grill should be between 250 to 300 degrees.

    13- During the cooking period check the wood chips a few times to make sure that they remain on top of the briquettes and create smoke.

    * Preperation and Cooking duration: 12 Hours + 2 Hours


    Untold Persia - Smoked White Fish

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    This workshop is designed according to the UNESCO World Heritage Education Programme in order to give young people a chance to voice their concerns and to become involved in the protection of our common cultural and natural heritage. It seeks to encourage and enable tomorrow’s decision-makers to participate in heritage conservation and to respond to the continuing threats facing our World Heritage. The idea of involving young people in World Heritage preservation and promotion came as a response to Article 27 of the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (World Heritage Convention). Furthermore, Patrimonito means 'small heritage' in Spanish and the character represents a young heritage guardian. Patrimonito has been widely adopted as the international mascot of the World Heritage Education Programme.
    Date: 29th December
    Number of trainees: 7
    Duration: 3 hours

    The workshop of "Patrimonito" was held on 29th of December. Participants arrived around 10:30 and they were welcomed by hot chocolate and Persian cup cakes. After a little introduction by trainers and trainees, the process started by making two groups and letting them choose a name for their group, each group was accompanied by a mentor then each group was given some images of world heritage sites in Iran and some descriptions, each group was asked to match images and descriptions, the mentor was guiding them throughout the activity. All trainees were participating actively and trying to remember their experiences about their travels to these places. When they were done with the activity, the mentors started giving the answers and a brief explanation about each site; mentors were using trainees’ ideas and experiences to complete their tasks.

    Shortly after that, the second part started which was a presentation done by two of mentors. The aim of this presentation was to define the value of these world heritage sites and duties of each person as a "Patrimonito", and what happens if there is no "Patrimonito" and nobody cares about our tangible or intangible heritage. In this part trainees started questioning and understanding the whole concept of being a "Patrimonito", they also added their own suggestions on how to protect our heritage and by the end of this part, they were completely aware about their role as a "Patrimonito".
    Now it was a best time to have a short break, during the break trainees were introduced to some of intangible heritages as they were served by traditional food and snacks and even they way of serving was according to traditions and everyone had this opportunity to discuss about intangible heritage while enjoying some traditional food and snacks.
    When the break was done, everyone was asked to choose a heritage either tangible or intangible and they had to introduce their chosen heritage to a tourist by making a postcard using what they have learnt. They were given all of necessary tools such as color papers, color pencils, glue, scissors, images of heritage and a mentor was with them in order to help them completing the task.

    When they were done, they handed out their postcards and with the mentors they sat together and spent a few minutes asking and answering about what they have learnt. Then they were told to say their vows for protecting their heritage and caring about it, the mentor said the vow and the trainees repeated after her and they officially became a "Patrimonito".

    The last but the best part was when they were given the certificates, and they were told that since they are aware of the value of the heritage and they know how to protect it, they are chosen as "Patrimonito" and they should continue their mission by introducing the value of heritage to others. They were granted certificates and labels and the workshop of "Patrimonito" was finished by taking some memorial photos.