Couscous with Almonds, Dates & Mint

Couscous with Almonds, Dates & Mint

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Couscous is probably one of the easiest, simplest and quickest dishes to put together. Done right and it can be the most satisfying. That’s why I love it. It’s also a great blank canvas; you can really get creative and add whatever ingredients you want, resulting in  your own personal masterpiece of flavors.

That’s why it just seems ludicrous to include a recipe for couscous. As long as you know how to cook (I wouldn’t even call it cooking) the couscous properly, and have a relatively good eye taste for ingredient pairing then you can’t go wrong!

That’s why I went ahead and included the recipe for this couscous, because I’m just ludicrous. But, also because I serve this particular couscous with a lamb stew, I’m sorta known for making. The flavors in this couscous have been well thought out using spreadsheets & graphs & a lot of mathematical genius that I just don’t have, to create the finest compliment to the lamb stew. It’s really tremendously delicious and the recipe for the stew is soon to follow, I hope…

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See, I actually managed to put together a video recipe for the lamb stew over  three weeks ago, only to find out later when it came to editing, that because I used  my friend’s professional camera, the footage needed to be edited in Final Cut Pro.

Uh. No. I need it to work in iMovie.

So, finally another friend came to the rescue and I should have all the video footage in correct format today. Which means I’ll have the recipe for the lamb stew up before I go off Wonking tomorrow…

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Couscous with Almonds, dates & Mint

Serves 4

Cooking time: 10 minutes

  • 90g hadrawi dates, seeded and finely chopped
  • 25g flaked almonds, toasted
  • 15 leaves of mint- chiffonade
  • 200g couscous
  • 250ml stock of choice or water-boiling
  • Olive oil-bout 1-2 tablespoons
  • Lemon-to taste
  • Salt and pepper

In a deep pyrex bowl, add the couscous then pour over the boiling stock, olive oil, salt and pepper and lemon juice if desired.

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Give it a quick stir and cover well with a plate or the likes. let it sit for about 6 minutes.

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In the mean time, prep all the other ingredients. Toast the almonds in a dry pan, shaking continuously for about a minute.

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Add all the ingredients to the couscous and mix well.

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Serve alone or with the soon to be disclosed lamb stew.

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16 Responses to “Couscous with Almonds, Dates & Mint”
  1. Jamie 29 October 2009 at 12:18 pm #

    This is so simple that I wonder why I don’t ever make couscous this way? I love sweet couscous like this, usually found with raisins and almonds. Yours is so pretty, too. Thanks for this: now I’ll make it too next time I serve a tagine or couscous. Can’t wait for the video of the lamb stew!!

  2. George@CulinaryTravels 29 October 2009 at 12:23 pm #

    I love couscous with fruit and nuts, it makes a great meal on its own or as accompaniment too.

    Such delightful photos too.

  3. Meeta 29 October 2009 at 12:30 pm #

    Always love couscous – it’s a staple at home. I love the versatility and the simple way to cook it! this Beth looks grand!

  4. Sunita 29 October 2009 at 12:55 pm #

    We love couscous too, and yours is simply elegant 🙂

  5. Global Patriot 29 October 2009 at 6:37 pm #

    Couscous is amazing, and so versatile, like risotto in that that basic recipe can be adapted to such a wide variety of flavors by adding the ingredients of your choice.

  6. chris Bourne 29 October 2009 at 6:49 pm #

    a real great set of picture’s and simple snack to create for us people that don’t have time to stop.

  7. kouky 31 October 2009 at 5:11 am #

    bonjour! j’ai lancé un jeu relatif au couscous en vue de de faire apparaitre les différents couscous. en voyant ton couscous, j’ai été séduite par cette version moderne du couscous!! serait il possible de venir nous rejoindre avec ce beau couscous?voici le lien:
    bonne journée!!

  8. koukyc 31 October 2009 at 12:11 pm #

    merci pour ta gentille participetion et pour ton délicieux couscous!! bonne journée! bises!

  9. RadoTouiLLE 1 November 2009 at 7:55 pm #

    your couscous is really “fancy”
    i have to admit, that i am still stuck with the old fashioned way of preparing it…but who knows…i might let myself get corrupted by yours… 🙂 just joking..
    i can already smell the flavors in my head…the pictures are great by the way…

  10. Nadjibella 2 November 2009 at 12:17 am #

    Effectivement, ton couscous est très simple à faire.
    A bientôt.

  11. Colleen 2 November 2009 at 8:35 am #

    I am crazy for couscous flavored in this way. I use finely grated lemon or orange rind together with the juice for added citrus flavor.. xxx

  12. kouky 17 November 2009 at 4:46 am #

    Bonjour! les votes du jeu ” à vos couscoussiers ” sont ouverts! merci et bonne chance!bises!kouky

  13. sarah 21 November 2009 at 4:52 pm #

    hey, I really like your blog, but I must admit that I have objections when it comes to the couscous – how could you ever prepare couscous this way? I mean, of course you can, but it makes such a difference in taste and texture, if you don’t do it the “old-fashioned” way over the steam…. but I like the almonds&mint


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