Simple Couscous

There is something amazing about couscous. I think it might be that it takes minutes to prepare, and that you can have it as a main, side or dessert.  Quite versatile, don't you think?
Basicly you do what they tell you to do on the packaging ad you go from there however you want to. Sweet, savory, a combination of both, who knows?
I like doing a salad-esque kind of couscous, savory, but with sligt touches of sweetness, that bring out the rest of the flavours. And you can make this garlic free:) But please use at least a tiny amount of sweet onions:)

Check your chopping skills as there will be some involved. And look after your nails, please. I've lost too many over the years, especially after weeks of growing them, you paint them, feel awfully proud of them, then you start chopping and BAM! Half a nail gone. S#(*)T!

Go on, get prepared:

Type of dish: main, side, salad
Cost: cheap
Difficulty: easy
Serves: 2 or more
Time: 20 min
Preparation time: 20min
Cooking time : 3-5 min

You'll need:
Cutting board ( no, really?), sharp knife, tablespoon, fork, large bowl ( easier for mixing), something to cover the bowl with.

Ingredients: ( for 2 servings)

  • half a small red onion, finely chopped
  • 100 gr couscous
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper
  • curry powder
  • half an apple, finely diced 
  • half a yellow ball pepper, finely diced
  • a small hand of dried apricots, diced
  • half a cucumber, peeled, cored and diced
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1 small hand of any kind of nuts, chopped roughly
  • fresh or dried herbs: parsley, basil, corriander, dill, chopped well
  • lemon juice ( a few good squeezes)
So, the how to:
Set up your chopping station. Fill the bowl with the amount of couscous you need, pour hot water over it according to instructions ( tractor instructor- where did that come from?), drizzle in some olive oil, a pinch of salt, cover it up and chop away. When you chop, put it aside on the board so you seehow much of everything you have. Should be around a handfull of everything. So, now that you're all chopped up, the couscous is done, fluff it up with a fork, add everything you have to it, mix well, taste for seasoning ( S&P), add the lemon juice, mix up again and set in fridge to let the flavours work through and do their thang. This is great for a party, or picnic, or a fast lunch at the office ( just chop the stuff at home and add it to couscous cooed at work.)
There. Done!

Oh, you can add dates, pistacios, walnuts, almonds, figs, olives and other stuff too.  Or spice it up with some chilli powder or fresh stuff chopped, of course.

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