Monday, 22 March 2010

Recipe - A quick fruity couscous lunch

Having some left over pineapple salsa from last night, I decided to make it into some lunch.

I could well have just eaten it on its lonesome, however I thought I could make something more substantial with some couscous.

Best of all, no cooking required, you can cook couscous by putting it in a bowl, adding a little boiling water and letting it stand, simple.

So here's the blow by blow of the procedure, including what I did last night to make the salsa (recipe adapted from a website which is very much worth a visit).

1. Take half a medium sized pineapple, skin it and remove all the hard brown bits, also remove the core.
2. Dice the pineapple, how small is up to you, do it however you'd like to eat the chunks, I like mine fairly large and juicy.
3. Dice 1/2 a large orange pepper (cored and de-seeded.
4. ONLY if in season, add 6/7 peeled and finely diced radishes (if they're not in season then don't bother adding these, you will barely taste them, however if you can get hold of some good ones, they add a lovely subtle peppery taste).
5. Mix all of the above in a large bowl.
6. Add 3 tablespoons of finely chopped fresh coriander (called cilantro in some american recipes, and they call ground coriander seeds just coriander for some reason...).
7. Add the juice of half a lime (more if you like).
8. Sprinkle a little salt and a generous amount of pepper into the bowl, mix well.
9. Taste that bad boy, and adjust salt, pepper and lime juice amounts until perfect then set aside.
10. Cook your couscous however you like, bear in mind you'll need about 45g of dry stuff per person.
11. Once done, mix in with some lemon juice (I added a little chilli as well, you could add a splash of tabasco or something if you like).
12. Mix your couscous and the salsa together, and if you want to do something about presentation, you can tear some fresh coriander over the top of the bowl.

Hope some of you find this interesting and tasty, and stay tuned/subscribe as over the next few days I'll be posting plenty more stuff including a blow by blow of the heart cake I made for Louise :)

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