I bought a packet of plain couscous, which I've never eaten, let alone cooked before.
Would like to try it, though! The problem is that neither dh nor the dd's are keen on anything too "exotic", so I'm now trying to think what to make it with? How do you normally eat couscous? And what with?
I know you can make a salad with it, but I don't want to do that, leave that for the summer when it's really hot!
It's great with curry or mexican dishes or with salad. Liven it up by adding raisins or sunflower seeds (really good for you) or sundried tomatoes or squeeze a bit of lemon on it. Or if you like, get one of the packets of flavoured couscous to begin with.
Just try a few different things - what have you got to lose?! Good luck.
Funnily enough I cooked couscous tonight... this is what i did:
Cooked according to packet instructions
Stirred in Rose Harissa paste by Belazu (lovely Moroccan style stuff found in posh speciality area of Sainsbury's) along with some butter and a little olive oil
Added swetcorn, borlotti beans and some sultanas (optional I guess)
Will defo be making again soon as it was LOVERRLY!!
Fry onion in a little butter.
Add some frozen peas and sweetcorn and stir round for a couple of minutes.
Add 175ml of vegetable stock and simmer for 3 mins.
Stir in 65g cous cous then take off heat - cover and leave for 6 mins.
I also add chicken to this at the end and then I'd use chicken stock instead of veg stock.
I use it instead of rice (so just make it plain by pouring some in a bowl, pour boiling water over and then cover and leave for 5 mins or so) for the kids with veg and chicken.
Have also used it to add to ds3's pureed veg (he's 8 months)
In North Africa cous-cous is often made as a dessert. Very nice.
Tesco's do a cous cous seasoning, I've tried the lemon and herb (didn't like it that much) and the Mediterranean (quite nice) and just added it too the cous cous directly after water. I like cous cous with sultanas, chicken etc..
Clean and wash chicken and cut into quarters. Put in a metal baking dish. Marinate with yoghurt, onion, garlic, lemon juice, cinnamon, salt and pepper and mix well.
Cover and put in a medium-high heat oven (180-190 C) and cook for 35-40 minutes until chicken is done.
Meanwhile, soak saffron into 2 tbsp water then drain through a fine sieve.
When chicken is almost done, put couscous in a glass bowl, cover with warm water and cover bowl with plastic wrap. Leave for 10 minutes until water is absorbed and couscous is soft but not mushy.
Pour couscous in a non-stick medium deep pan. Add 1 ½ tbsp butter, drained saffron water and cook for 5 minutes stirring constantly to make sure couscous doesnt form any clumps.
Serve couscous on a platter, and chicken with sauce in another platter.
If you try it let me know...haven't done it yet but have tasted it..yum!