First of all, couscous is nothing like quinoa so stop that! Couscous is semolina granules made from crushed durum wheat. No one knows what quinoa is.
Anyway, I LOVE couscous, especially for lunch so I make this recipe quite a lot. It’s also cheap which is good because I appear to have misplaced all of my money. I swear I used to have some, maybe it ran away?
Right I won’t bang on, it’s Friday night, we should all be out frolocking and getting jolly drunk. However, I’m the sado who stayed in to write her blog, watch the Office and drink hot chocolate like a reclusive old bint… My evening was actually rather pleasant, until I thought the apron hanging up on the kitchen door was a ghost and scared the living shit out of me.
Herb & Rocket Couscous with Feta
Serves 4 / Takes 20 minutes / V
Make it vegan: Leave out the feta cheese
150ml Boiling water
1 Medium onion, finely chopped
1/4 tsp cumin
Couple of handfuls of crushed walnuts
3 Spring onions, sliced
Bag of rocket (70g)
200g Feta cheese, crumbled
100g Fresh coriander
50g Fresh mint
1 Tbs Olive oil
Salt and pepper
1. Pop your couscous into a large bowl and cover with the boiling water, give it a little mix with a fork, cover with cling film and put to one side.
2. Spray a saucepan with spray oil and pop in your chopped onion. Fry on a medium to low heat for a few minutes, add a bit of water to stop them from burning and then chuck in the cumin and a quarter teaspoon of salt. Leave to sweat on a low heat until cooked then put to one side to cool.
3. Roughly chop your herbs and add them to a food processor along with the Tbs of oil. Blitz until you have a herb paste.
4. Take the cling film off your couscous and carefully start raking at it with a fork until the couscous is nice and loose. Add your herb paste and continue to rake until combined.
5. Add the cooled onions, walnuts, spring onions and give it a good mix. Add the rocket a handful at a time and continue to mix.
6. Finally crumble in your feta, season with salt and pepper and voilà!
If you’ve had a go at making my couscous or any of my other recipes I’d love to hear about it. @corrieheale firstname.lastname@example.org