Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Cinnamon and Almond Cous Cous

When I was a child (a LONG time ago) we had never heard of, let alone ate, cous cous. Where I was brought up cous cous was never available in the shops, but I should stress this was in the days before we had large supermarkets. But over the years I have become a very big fan of cous cous because it is so versatile. It is easy and quick to prepare (unless you do it the long way, which is to cook it over a stew so it is steamed). It easily absorbs other flavours. It's healthy, low in fat and now you can purchase a wholegrain version which has more fibre and adds a light nutty flavour. It can make a great salad and can be used as a side dish in so many recipes. What is also great is my young niece and nephew love it, which I think is brilliant, much better than burgers and chips

What I also like about cous cous is you can have it plain or add extra ingredients to enhance the flavours so it can compliment the dish you are having it with. As an example this cous cous recipe goes really well with Moroccan style turkey (which I am posting very soon).

  • 225g cous cous
  • 1tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1tbsp toasted almond flakes
  • 1tbsp freshly chopped coriander
  • salt and pepper
  • (serves 4)

Put the cous cous into a bowl and cover with bowling water and let it stand for 5 minutes. Place into a microwave and cook for 90 seconds.

Add the cinnamon, almond flakes and chopped coriander and a little salt. With a fork, lightly fluff it up, until all mixed together.

Serve on a plate/bowl with the Moroccan style turkey.

Here are some other recipes that plain cous cous can be served with

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