All posts tagged: cous cous

Around the World in 80 Dates | Algeria

Around the World in 80 Dates is a blog series designed to take me (and Tom) out of our comfort zones and force us to cook food from other countries. Each week, we use a random country generator to tell us where we will be cooking from. We have to cook at least one dish from this country, the more traditional the better. We alternate who’s cooking each week, this week is Tom’s turn.. but I ended up cooking. Algeria is a North African country – our first foray into Africa in this challenge, I think – and another big consumer of meat. Mutton is most popular, with poultry and beef following close behind. It’s a mean feat attempting to find a dish that doesn’t contain one animal or another. However, the list of vegetables commonly used in Algerian dishes is notably high in comparison with the other meat heavy countries we’ve researched so far – they’re also incredibly similar to those used in many of our own traditional dishes. Potatoes, carrots, onions, tomatoes, cabbages. …

Moroccan Burritos

This recipe came about because I wanted an excuse to use my beautiful new wooden rolling pin. I’ve wanted to learn to make my own tortillas for a while now, and the recipe I found on Taste of Home is ridiculously simple. It’s a great weekend lunch, or casual dinner party sharer. The sweetness of the cous cous and dates taste beautiful with cool houmous and a kick of hot sauce. 8 homemade tortillas (recipe from tasteofhome.com) 1 red onion, sliced 125g cous cous 8 dates, chopped finely About 200g houmous, mine was homemade adapted from my avo houmous Olive oil to drizzle here and there Hot sauce of your choice (optional) Make the tortillas following the recipe linked in the ingredients list and keep warm. Alternatively, buy some and pop them in the microwave or oven. To make the cous cous filling, pour 150ml boiling water over the cous cous in a bowl and leave for 7-10 minutes, then add the dates and stir through with a drizzle of olive oil. To build you …

The Easter Feast

The best thing about an extended weekend is having enough time to cook big. So, for my first day of Easter cooking, I went for more dishes than can fit on our dinner table at once. The focaccia I made the night before tasted like something out of a deli frequented by the cast of Made In Chelsea with some balsamic and olive oil, set on the table with olives, sundried tomatoes and all kindsa cured meats. What better way to warm up for a huge meal? Of the dishes pictured in the image at the top of this post, you can find the recipe for the fritters here and the coleslaw here. Chicken, Pomegranate & Cous Cous Salad Serves 5 (with adequate leftovers) 1 cooked chicken breast 250g cous cous 300ml boiling water 1 pomegranate’s worth of seeds 250g feta Dressing of your choice (chilli oil, honey, lime and salt is a dream – shake it up in a jar) Follow the pack instructions for making the magic happen with your cous cous, mine required being immersed …