Insalata di Couscous con i Cumquat, Crespino, Menta e Crescione
Couscous Salad with Cumquats, Barberries, Mint and Cress
again- couscous! And what is not to love about this wonderfully
versatile, light, quick and easy food?! I love the way that it take no
real cooking- just some boiling water or stock poured over it is
enough... Don't you wish that more of the good things in life were that
simple? And this IS one of the good things!
Whilst rummaging through my spices, I stumbled upon an old
favorite of mine- Sumac! This tangy-sour spice had been neglected for
far to long I felt! A powder made of the outer casing, a bright red
membrane that covers nutmeg, it is omnipresent in oriental cuisine- and a
wonderful way to season a salad without reaching for a vinegar, which
is what we are used to doing... fun!
prepare the couscous, I sliced a few cumquats in slices and removed the
stones, sliced up a few chives very finely, omitted the garlic that I
would have used on account of me having a dental appointment in the
morning, added a handful of barberries and a tablespoon of Ras al Hanout
powder. I added the couscous, a little salt and pepper, plenty of
finely chopped mint and parsley and then poured boiling water over it
until it was just covered. 5 minutes later I gave it a stir. 10 minutes
later it was done and ready to be fluffed up with a fork and filled with
flavors from those good ingredients- what could possibly be easier?
served my couscous on a bed of thinly sliced cucumber, to add a little
juicy freshness and topped it with some crispy and peppery watercress. I
added a little plain yogurt and a drizzle of sesame oil and a sprinkle
of sumac to give it all a little bit of a kick! Quick, easy and full of
Summer sunshine... what more could you want? Other than for the Summer
to finally begin!