I never made couscous when I lived in the US but it’s a very popular side dish here…. As well as the traditional accompaniment to Moroccan foods, also very popular here.
Mon mari’s discerning opinion was that it was ‘dry and tasteless’.
Naturally, I consider it my privilege and duty to prove him wrong.
It really is just a matter of preparation.
If it’s meant to be the base for a spicy, saucy tagine, a somewhat dry, simple couscous is best.
If it’s meant to be a side dish and able to stand on it’s own, tart it up a bit.
Like this: a slightly sweet red or Spanish onion is fried until well browned, making it sweeter and a nice balance to the slightly salty olives. Stir into finished couscous to liven it up.
Couscous with Browned Red Onions
Preparation and cooking time: 25 minutes
- 1/2 cup couscous
- 3/4 cup chicken broth
- 1 red onion
- 1/3 cup green olives
- 1 tbs white Balsamic vinegar
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 1 tsp butter
- Thickly slice red onion.
- Heat a medium skillet over medium heat.
- Add butter and oil. When butter is melted add onions, laying them as flat as possible.
- Let sauté, undisturbed, for 5 minutes or until starting to brown and soften.
- Stir, reduce heat and continue to sauté until well browned, another 15 – 20 minutes.
- Cut olives in half or thirds.
- Heat chicken broth to a boil.
- Put couscous in a medium bowl.
- When broth is boiling pour over couscous, cover and let stand for 10 minutes… Donot stir it.
- Uncover, add onions, olives and vinegar, fluff gently with a fork to combine and serve.
What’s your weather been like?
Ours has gotten to the point that even the forecasters are striving for some diversity.
Our forecast for the next 10 days:
- A couple of showers
- Chance of rain
- Periods of showers
- Periods of rain
- Occasional showers
- Showers possible
- Chance of rain and drizzle
- Possible rain
- A couple of showers
In the rare moment that the sun peeks through the clouds it can make the distant field of rapeseed look fantastic.
As to the house: it’s official; we’ve been trimmed.
Mon mari has now declared the kitchen ‘Done’!
I gently explained to him that it’s not done until I say it’s done and I haven’t gotten out my microscope yet
Next, until the rain stops, it’s the dining room.
There’s a big, shallow cabinet in one wall. It hadn’t been opened in 3 years as it was buried behind our stuff. There were old shoes and clothes in it…. and lots and lots of mouse turds.
Yesterday I mowed the front lawn in the rain…..