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Summer Couscous with a Taste of the Orient
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Summer Couscous with a Taste of the Orient

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Here is a tasty, spicy Orient-ish recipe to touch up your diet. It is simple and quick to make, but still quite filling and stimulating the senses.  


  • 250g Couscous
  • Sea Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Zest and juice from ½ unwaxed lemon
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 peeled red onion
  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 red chilli
  • 1 bunch of fresh mint, leaves picked
  • ½ bunch of coriander, leaves picked
  • 1 bunch of fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tablespoon tomato purée
  1. So, take a bowl and put all the couscous, paprika and cumin in it, then add a big pinch of salt. Mix up the ingredients well, boil some water and pour just enough to cover all the couscous. Take a plate and cover the bowl with it for 10 minutes or so.
  2. Make use of these 10 minutes and while waiting for the mix to stew, take the onion, cucumber, chilli and the tomatoes, as well as the parsley, mint and coriander leaves and chop everything finely. There's no need to remove stalks of the parsley. Also, you can either leave the seeds of the red chilli in, or take them out if you like, but keep in mind that they will make the dish a bit spicier.
  3. So far so good. Now take the bowl and stir the couscous using your fingers. Then, again using your hands, stir the tomato purée well into the couscous. This is not only the natural and traditional way to do it, but also it's quite practical since it will save you a lot of home cleaning afterwards. Once you've done that, add the chopped ingredients as well as the herbs and mix everything together. You're cooking for yourself, so stir in the zest and juice and the olive oil, and season however you like it. The main thing is, don't be afraid to experiment. Get inspired and remember, that's the key to making a great meal.


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    Looks great! Thanks Margaret!
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