How I wish I had a trip to a wonderful far away place! Part of my love for food is that in a way, you can travel through the food. This might be in creating dishes from other countries you’ve yet to visit, or recreating memories of places you have been! Both are equally great!
I discovered a picture of a pot called a couscoussier here A rather fab contraption (that showed up on a rather random search.) It got me thinking of wonderful destinations where the pavements and markets might be laden with big steaming pots filled to the brim with piles of fluffy grains & spiced vegetables. I began to dream of the scent in the air.
I began to dream of Arabian nights…
I do love this grain! I love it’s versatility almost like eating fluffy clouds nestled amongst spicy vegetables and nuts. Take a bite and dream of far away destinations…
Chopped/Assorted vegetables from zucchini, tomatoes, capsicums (anything that takes your fancy!)
1 cup Couscous (I like a flavored variety from Ainsley Harriots line) plain is fine too
Spring Onion stem, sliced
Chilli sliced (spicy if you dare)
herbs to garnish (coriander or basil etc)
1/2 tsp Paprika
1/4 tsp Cinnamon
Stock (I used chicken)
Freshly boiled water,
Salt & Pepper to taste,
Time: 20 mins approx
Sauté chopped zucchini in a sizzling pan with olive oil. Add the other various vegetables/spring onion/chilli and stir to combine
Once the vegetables turn golden, add the paprika and cinnamon,
Scatter pine nuts into pan and (toast) on the side of the vegetables,
Add couscous and stir again,
Finally add a small splash of liquid (stock or water) and stir briskly, be careful to only add a few splashes at a time until it’s absorbed.
Also if using a non seasoned couscous, add a good pinch of salt and pepper,
Once the couscous has absorbed all the moisture cover with foil, rest for 5 minutes.
After resting, remove the foil. Take a fork and fluff the grains.
Serve and garnish if preferred!