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couscous salad

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Fun facts about couscous:

1.Couscous is made from semolina, obtained by coarsely grinding the heart of robust wheat. Originating from the wheat’s inner seed, and containing all the rich goodness and protein of the wheat germ, semolina is wheat’s finest product.

2.Historians differ as to the origins of couscous. Some say it was a staple in North Africa since the 9th and 10th centuries. Other claim that already in the 2nd century BC it was prepared by the Berbers residing in the Atlas Mountains before North Africa was populated by Arab peoples. It is known that in the 10th century couscous arrived in Sicily, and eventually even reaching Brazil.

3.One cup of couscous provides 35% of your recommended daily requirement of nutritious fibers. It also provides a range of vitamins from the vitamin B group along with the minerals needed for its efficient absorption into the body.

4. One cup of cooked couscous contains 200 calories, 12% of which is accounted for by protein, 87% is from starch, and only 1% fats.

5.Symbolizing luck, blessings and abundance according to North African tradition, couscous is prepared to celebrate a house warming or a holiday

I can’t think of anything interesting to write…can you tell? I feel easily distracted today and have been getting carried away listening to old Bridget Bardot albums and not focusing very well on writing this post. sorry.

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I was actually REALLY surprised how easy it is to make couscous (who knew!). It’s so easy I didn’t even believe it and had to check 3 or 4 different sites to make sure it wasn’t wrong.

  • To start, measure out your couscous. Pour it into a heatproof bowl or pot with tight lid.
  • Add hot water – the general proportion is 2 parts couscous to 3 parts water. So for 1 cup of couscous you’ll need 1 1/2 cups water.
  • Cover bowl with plastic wrap or lid and let sit for 10 minutes.
  • Fluff with a fork before serving!! THAT’S IT!! FOR REAL!

I found a really yummy quinoa salad on http://naturallyella.com and http://www.ibbyandpop.com/blog/ just posted a fun couscous salad and I thought I’d try something similar.

ingredients:

  • cooked couscous
  • 1 med/lg sweet potato
  • 1 lg carrot
  • 1 small/med white onion
  • 1 can of red kidney beans
  • goat cheese
  • fresh basil

directions:

  1. Chop up a med/lg sweet potato and a big carrot (into bit size pieces), smash 2 cloves of garlic
  2. Toss the vegetables in a little oil with some salt and pepper, pop in oven
  3. In a frying pan caramelize onions (while the vegetables roasted)…I’m actually not patient enough for this whole onion caramelizing thing..and in the end…I really don’t think you even notice it.
  4. When vegetables are soft and starting to brown throw them in the cooked couscous with the onions and the can of kidney beans (rinsed).
  5. Crumble some goat cheese and rip up some basil leaves, that’s it!

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I actually made this for tomorrows dinner. I’m going to be crazy busy and we are trying to make healthier choices so instead of ordering something when I get home or grabbing something quick (that I’ll regret later) I made it today and popped it into the fridge…..To be honest, I don’t know if it will make it ..I’ve been finding reasons to wander into the kitchen grabbing forkful’s since I made it.

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Bridget Bardot : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Mxa-lAfx78

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cry baby

Image NO CRYING. ONION CUTTING TECHNIQUES

I got the idea for this post (techniques for cutting onions without tears) from a friend. After talking about the idea with my bestie I received a text “I know how”. She wouldn’t tell me what it was so  I continued to research and found I was not the only one looking for the secret. There were zillions of posts about this and millions of tips ranging from lighting candles to goggles (Ya! ONION GOGGLES! crazy right?!?). There were some I saw over and over again and decided I would try those.

1. Put onion in the freezer a few minutes before cutting: Didn’t work.

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2.Chop near a flame: Not even close. My eyes were burning from the first cut and had to force myself through blurry tearful eyes to finish cutting the onion

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3.Cut an onion in half then rinse under cold water: The burn started after the first cut…So I’m not entirely sure if this one worked or not. Maybe I have sensitive eyeballs (is that possible?)

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4. Stick a piece of bread in your mouth while cutting the onion: After my boyfriend laughed in disbelieve when first hearing this from me yesterday. I really, really wanted it to work….it didn’t, not even a little bit.

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5.Wet a knife in cold water before cutting onion: This was “working” I guess. Until about 1/2 way through cutting up the onion…then the big ol’crocodile tears started pouring.

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6. Chew gum: I assume this came from wherever the idea  behind the bread one came from. Doesn’t work.

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7. Onion Goggles: I did not try this one…but, as of today I will be on a search for them.

After a long evening and red puffy eyes you can bet I will be on the phone with my bestie first thing tomorrow to find out the onion secret. I believe I’ve earned it….at least I hope so.

All the awesome pictures were taken by my super talented, wonderful and cute boyfriend! :) Thank you My Love!

Check my besties new blog http://ibbyandpop.typepad.com/