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  • #4865
    Zoz
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    Hey all <!– s:D –>:D<!– s:D –>

    Hardly been around here in recent months but I seem to have found my way back (don’t all leave at once, I’m not that bad).

    After just having a small Gary Rhodes-related music rant on the ‘What Are You Listening To’ thread, I got to thinking.

    Anyone on here cook often? Just for the fun of it? And if so what do you cook and why?

    #4191
    Meshaheer
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    This is a bit of a random question I feel…but what are the best things to do with couscous? I usually buy ready-flavoured packets but theyre often crammed with sugar so I bought plain couscous today and was wondering how best to flavour it, or what is best served with it?

    All you chefs out there can tell me how ;)

    #99335
    insomniac
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    Deep fry it.

    #99337
    wit
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    mesh,

    in the countries of the Maghreb, its most often used as a bed for pieces of grilled lamb, chicken  or fish, and is given the flavours traditional to those main courses.    

    for something special, try it with fresh mint, raisins and pine nuts.   really you can do it most any way that works for rice.

    there are some trad ideas at

    http://www.cdkitchen.com/recipes/cat/480/0.shtml

    otherwise there’s always the old standby of the "recipes-by-ingredient" search on the BBC website

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/

    best regards

    wit

    #99338
    dave jay
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    Mix it with wall paper paste to give it more body.

    #99340
    non vintage
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    Sacla do a really nice Olive & Tomato pasta sauce which works well with couscous. Cook it as usual, fluff it with a fork and then stir in the sauce having warmed it up a bit. (Obviously any tomato-based sauce, or even just chopped toms with a bit of sugar and seasoning/pesto, is perfectly ok.)

    Nice addition is stir-fried vegetables – peppers, onions, mushrooms, garlic, black olives, etc. (think pizza). To be really healthy, cut the veg up and put them in a covered bowl (cereal type) with a tiny (like a few drops) amount of olive oil and blitz them in the microwave for about 2-3 mins rather than frying them.

    Delicious!

    For extra, extra flavour, add a nice juicy medium-rare steak (cooked separately). Yum!

    (Edited by non vintage at 12:54 am on Mar. 30, 2006)

    #99341
    rory
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    I agree with Grasshopper ~ghastly stuff!

    #99342
    davidbrady
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    Use it as confetti at your next family wedding

    #99343
    graysonscolumn
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    Nice with a bit of coriander and freshly-squeezed lemon juice, I reckon.

    The patron saint of lower-grade fare. A gently critical friend of point-to-pointing. Kindness is a political act.

    #99346
    Zoz
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    Alternatively you could ignore these ignorant types and copy the Sainsbury’s version which is very nice.

    Chopped peppers, sundried tomatoes, dressing. I would suggest a sizable addition of ground black pepper and maybe some black olives. Sling it in a nice salad and grill something that used to be alive on the side.

    That’s my theory anyway.

    #99347
    Meshaheer
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    Cheers for your replies…positive and negative ;)

    Will probably have some tomorrow lunchtime, and pluck one of my favoured methods from here :)  I’m a bit of a fan of couscous, especially with tuna!!

    #99348
    gamble
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    Quote: from Meshaheer

    Will probably have some tomorrow lunchtime.<br> I’m a bit of a fan of couscous, <br>especially with youknow!!

    Advice : Keep the fish wrapped

    #111433
    Grey Desire
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    I’m not very good and mainly cook basic meals like Cottage Pie and Lasagne.
    Also various stews in the slow cooker which I can leave whilst at work and be ready for when I get back.

    #111434
    dave jay
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    I really enjoy cooking, and I’ll have a bash at anything really .. it’s a good way to pass a couple of hours.

    I find bread the hardest, I have never managed to make a loaf that’s edible.

    #111444
    robnorth
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    After a fashion, though it does tend to be a bit experimental at times along the lines of chuck things in and see what comes out.

    I do like to cook a curry from scratch. I used to get the timing wrong and end with burnt bits in the curry sauce, but I’ve improved now.

    My wife is an excellent cook, so it’s easy to get lazy, but I don’t mind having a go when I can.

    Rob

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