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Couscous Salad – the way I like to eat it.

This is a look in your cupboard and see what you have kind of salad.  You need dried fruit, nuts, salt, sugar, a brown spice, onion, turmeric, olive oil and couscous. In the approximate proportions below.

  • 175g fine couscous
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • boiling water to cover about 1½ cups
  • 1½ cups dried fruit
  • 1 cup of unsalted nuts – tbsp each of sugar, brown spice and salt
  • 3-4 spring onions (finely dices red or even white onion will work)

Put the couscous in a heatproof bowl and stir in the turmeric and salt. Add the oil use your fingers to rub the oil into the couscous until it looks like wet sand.  Pour over the water and cover with a tea towel and leave to 10 minutes.  I use a fork and stir a couple of times if I remember.  When the couscous is cool enough to handle get back in with your hands and break down any lumps with your finger tips, lifting your hands up and letting the grains fall back into the bowl.

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