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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Orange Couscous Salad

Kathy's daughter here! I've been reading Kim Sunee's Trail of Crumbs: Hunger, Love, and the Search for Home for the past few days. It's a memoir, and each chapter ends with a few recipes, one of them being Sunee's recipe for Orange Couscous Salad.

It looked like a perfect light supper, paired with a crisp white wine I picked up from Wine Woot a few weeks back. We have a surfeit of carrots and zucchini, so I combined her base recipe with a few modifications, just like my mama taught me.

Très Magnifique!

Orange Couscous Salad (with Audie's changes)

1 (10-ounce) box plain couscous
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more to taste
1 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, plus more to taste
1/2 small red onion, finely chopped (about 1/4 cup)
2 oranges
2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
1 zucchini, chopped (about 1 cup)
2 large carrots, chopped (about 1 cup)
1 cup currants

1. Pour couscous into a large bowl, and stir in 1 cup boiling water. Cover with lid, and let steam 5 minutes or until couscous is tender. Fluff with a fork, and stir in oil, salt, and pepper.

2. Heat 2 tbsp. of the olive oil in a pan and cook the red onion and carrot until they begin to caramelize (about 8 minutes). Add the zucchini for another 5 minutes.

3. Zest both oranges; juice one. Peel second orange, and chop. Add zest, juice, and chopped orange to couscous mixture. Stir in remaining ingredients, including roasted vegetables. Eat hot or cover and chill 1 hour or up to 2 days. Add more oil, salt, or pepper if desired before serving.


Sunday, June 7, 2009

The Daughter: Updating from London

Hiya, Kate's daughter reporting in from London!  I've had a great weekend in London getting out of my comfort zone. Yesterday I took the tube down to Kew and went to the National Archive to look at a few 16th century documents. I forget how beautiful the areas surrounding Kew are. No wonder the medieval kings of England had their get-aways there. As I walked to-and-from the archive there were a string of cats just waiting to be pet, and I (of course) obliged. The cats have it good since it's the main road used by all the people to get from the tube stop to the Archives.

Today I was invited to a friend's birthday luncheon, so I walked a
mile or so to Marylebone High Street, one my favorite shopping districts in London. It's a little too posh for its own good, but there's a wonderful farmer's market, an amazing cheese store, and some great food shops. Today, I visited Rococo Chocolates, a wonderful local chocolate shop. I picked out an assortment of truffles for my friend and they were wrapped up perfectly. I love the images on the boxes! She was generous to share a birthday chocolate with me, which happened to be a tea-flavored truffle. It
was lovely!

We met for lunch at a Sardinian restaurant aptly named Little Sardegna. It doesn't seem to have a website, but a review can be found here. I had a lovely pasta with clams with grated bottarga sprinkled on top. The bottarga provided a nice, salty flavor, but wasn't overpowering in the least. For dessert I had seadas, a Sardinian dessert that was delectable. It's basically fried dough filled with cheese and lemon zest and drizzled with honey. Yum. Here's a recipe in case someone wants to make it for me in the future!

(image credits: jobrocken and freak_irish_sister)