Friday, June 15, 2007

Grilled Couscous Salad

The problem with only just getting around to typing up dishes you prepared, ate, and forgot about more than a week ago is, well, the "forgot about" part says it all really. I have the picture I took, and I have the recipe that I know I didn't follow (because no way do I put 300 ml of oil in anything, except maybe a pan for deep-frying), and a vague memory of what I did do, and an equally vague memory of the result being quite tasty.

This is why my internet should never ever break. That, and the bit where I rely on reittiopas to tell me how to get from point A to point B on time and without getting lost.

Couscous with Grilled Vegetables

So. This may have been good? Maybe. The only reason I remember it at all is that I grilled the vegetables myself and didn't set anything on fire. I think the dressing was the best part. In general, the trick with couscous (in the absence of a couscoussiere) is either a) butter, lots of, or b) a nice lemony dressing. Which leads me to posit that if you combined the two... well, maybe next time.

Grilled Couscous Salad
adapted from Glorian ruoka & viini 4/2007, serves 4

2 small zucchini
1 medium aubergine
1 medium bell pepper
olive oil

200 ml couscous
300 ml water
1 tbsp concentrated vegetable stock (or however much you need to get 300 ml fairly strong stock)
1 tbsp butter
250 ml chopped fresh herbs (I used basil, mint and oregano)

juice from one lemon
75 ml olive oil
4 cloves garlic
1 tsp salt
½ tsp freshly ground black pepper

Bring the water and vegetable stock to a boil. Add the couscous and let stand over a low heat for a few minutes. Take off the stove and stir in the butter, then cover and let stand while you grill the vegetables.

Chop the vegetables - my chunks were pretty big, but obviously do as you like - and toss them in a bit of oil. Grill over medium-high heat until lightly charred.

Mince the garlic and combine with the rest of the ingredients for the dressing.

Toss together vegetables, chopped herbs, dressing and couscous. Serve.


Janet said...

Ha - that made me laugh - I do the same thing... make my dinner, take my pictures, wait a week to post about it and forget how I made it!!! Too Funny. This recipe looks really tasty!

Rachel said...

it looks beautiful!

ylimuuli said...

This IS really tasty! Just made it for lunch to go with my chicken breast and red onion jam and I adore it... Didn't have a grill so used my frying pan instead, worked well. And also got to use for the first time ever a cooking spray, fresh from yesterday's shopping! That I adore too :-D It my thang ;-)

Helen said...

This sounds like something I eat all throughout summer. I live on mostly grilled veggies, couscous and bean salads...
I seem to follow a more vegetarian diet throughout the summer.

deinin said...

Janet, it's a bit humbling, really. Early onset dementia, maybe.

Rachel - thanks!

Ylimuuli - oh, that red onion jam... maybe for Midsummer! I'm glad you liked it. :)

Helen, me too. When it's cooler I tend to go for stews and casseroles and stuff, where meat really comes in handy, but in salads... eh. Veggies are good for you!

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