Today i decided to buy some of this Couscous stuff that folk keep rattling on about. However can anyone tell me what to do with it? I know how to cook it ( instructions on packet ) but that aside what can it be used with or put with?
It will be sat in the back of the cupboard until 2035 otherwise :)

Idea's please ta.
Nice with a salad and/or fish.
cheers Boss, i'll give that a whirl :) I bought some flavoured and some plain.


War Hero
To the plain cous cous.....once cooked, nice and fluffy, add some finely chopped red onion and apricot, sounds a bit kack but as a side to a salad dish with a juicy lump of dead cow (or bambi for even tastier results) its an out and out winner.
We have it as a replacement for rice under a nice chilli. Try it, you might be pleasantly suprised.
Also nice with a bit of salmon cooked in soy sauce, with a bit of pak choi chopped and mixed in with the cous cous.
It all sounds wonderful, thanks all..keep em coming :D


For the plain stuff:

Make up a largeish bowlful.. about half a bag of dry plain couscous and enough boiling water (or chicken stock for more flavour) to soak. Leave for 10 mins. Fluff up with a fork.
Now stir in 2 tbsp olive oil and some salad dressing (Newmans balsamic is nice)... about 4 tbsp of that. Add a chopped up yellow pepper, a handful of chopped spring onions, some chopped fresh parsley and coriander, and some toasted pine nuts. (Just heat them gently in a dry frying pan and toss them for about 2 mins til they smell nice). You'll need about 3-4 tbsp of those.
Mix the whole lot together well and season with fresh ground pepper and a pinch of salt.

That makes a nice healthy yet filling salad that you can take to work with you in a box.
Roast some peppers, courgettes and cherry toms on a high heat for half an hour in olive oil and mix them into the couscous. Cube up some feta and stick that in too. Nice with some spiced up pork chops.


I find that I like the cous-cous to absorb the flavour of the spices/sauces I am cooking so I prefer to cook the cous-sous with the liquid.
Fry onion and mushroom, green and (a little) red pepper (little carrot optional).
Add lamb pieces, stock to cover, basil, paprika, cumin, salt. Cover pan and simmer until lamb is tender.
Grate in a little tomato (Or a lot depending on taste), adding more water if necessary.
Bring to boil.
Turn off flame and add uncooked cous-cous directly.
Leave covered for a few minutes, cous cous will expand and cook with the liquid leaving a dry(ish) meal.
Eat with salad/veg.

Multi-variations on the above depending on taste and what you have to hand.
You will note that if you leave some cous-cous for the next day the flavour will be better as it absorbs it ovcer time.

Bon apetit.

comedy dave

War Hero
couscous. delicious.
extremely bland and uninspiring on its own. you need to put stuff with it.

slice a lemon and squeeze the juice in minus pips. chop some fresh coriander and some room temperature fresh tomatoes. Then season well salt and pepper and and a big slug of olive oil.. mix and leave to stand.

salmon fillet in inch slices fried in olive oil till just half done and add some chopped red chillies and some chopped asparagus. then continue frying the salmon & move the fresh chillies and asparugus around till cooked.

plate up cous cous add salmon asparaugus and chillies with a dollop of creme fraiche on the side. season to taste.

You are obviously a stranger to the joys of the preserved lemon...and the mysteries of the tajine! I recommend a cous-cous side dish to a spicy lemon chicken, featuring chilli, coriander and lemon...

comedy dave

War Hero
I'll have to give that whirl. sounds delicious.

Bossy boots go to BBC website. Go to food page and look in the recipe finder.

All good stuff in there.


I have no skills on the kitchen front whatsoever so cannot tell you a good recipe. However, what I can tell you is that a function once my old woman served me some up on a plate, which included apricots and sultanas. Not the sort of thing I would go for myself but I tried it and to my surprise really found it superb.

Like I say I cannot tell you what else may have been in it, but I think from memory it was a Morrocon style thing. Someone may be able to fill the missing ingrediants in.
Bloody hell, I'll give it another go.

I thought it tasted of fanny adams, but I'm persuaded that I've been hasty.

[Moroccons seem to eat it swimming in lamb stew].
Try it cold as a salad (taboulé) with lots of lemon juice, finely chopped mint, raisins and tomato. Dead easy and my kids love it.

Hot fluffy semoule is best with spicy merguez sausages and the trad vegetable and chickpea stew, really filling and nutricious. That's a proper couscous.

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