Herbed Cous Cous

March 13th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

2 cups Israeli couscous Olive oil
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped
1 tablespoon fresh chives, finely chopped
1 tablespoon fresh mint, finely chopped
½ cup red bell pepper, finely chopped
Salt/pepper
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon butter
¾ cup sliced crimini or brown button mushrooms
2 cups Israeli style couscous (regular couscous can be substituted)

Directions

In a medium sauce pan bring 3 cups of water to a boil and then add the couscous, stirring well at a steady boil for approximately 2 minutes. Take off cover and let stand 10-15 minutes or until couscous is tender but slightly aldente. Do not take cover off during the first 10 minutes of setting, as to allow the couscous to finish cooking. In a medium skillet heat olive oil on medium heat and sauté garlic and fresh herbs for just about a minute, add red bell peppers and a pinch of salt and pepper. Add the butter and lemon zest to the pan and allowing a minute for the butter to melt. Add mushrooms and sauté for about 2 minutes or until tender and succulent. Add cooked couscous to the herb mushroom mixture and stir well.

Sweet Potatoes, Chickpeas & Apricots with Couscous

January 2nd, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

Olive oil
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped
2 yellow onions, chopped
1 cinnamon stick broken into a few pieces
Salt
3 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes
1 tablespoon ross al hanout traditional or modern recipe
2 cups chickpeas, cooked
1 cup tomatoes, chopped
1½ cups vegetable stock
1 cup spinach leaves
Yogurt for garnish
Cilantro for garnish

Directions

In a large sauté pan, heat olive oil on medium high heat and sauté garlic, ginger, cinnamon and onions for about 3-4 minutes or until the onions are semi translucent. Season with some salt and add the sweet potatoes and continue to sauté another 3 minutes. Add the ros al hanout and mix well. Add the chickpeas and the tomatoes and mix. Cook another few minutes and add the vegetable stock reduce heat to a simmer and cook for about 15-20 minutes or until the sweet potatoes are soft. Add the spinach and take off the heat mixing until the spinach is totally wilted. Serve with yogurt and cilantro.

Fresh Herb Fennel Crusted Tuna, Scallops & Shrimp Seafood Stew

October 8th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

Olive Oil
1 pound tuna roast (ask your butcher for uncut tuna steaks-you need 1 large piece)
1 pound medium or small scallops
1 pound peeled shrimp
Zest and juice of 3 lemons
¼ cup fennel seeds
¼ cup peppercorns
¼ cup coarse sea salt
1 teaspoon red chili flakes
½ cup fresh parsley, chopped
½ cup fresh oregano, chopped
½ cup fresh basil, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 large red onion, chopped
1 large red pepper, chopped
1 large yellow pepper, chopped
¾ cup Kalamata olives, pitted and halved
3 cups roma tomatoes, chopped
1½ cups white wine
Salt and pepper

Directions

Marinate tuna, scallops and shrimp with lemon juice for about 1 hour. Grind in a grinder or smash lemon zest, fennel seeds, cracked peppercorns, chili and course sea salt until a gritty spice mixture is created. Heat a thick-bottomed stew pan to high heat with a generous portion of olive oil. Rub tuna with spice mixture and brown tuna on all sides. Remove tuna and add garlic, onions and peppers to pan. Sauté until tender or about 3 minutes Add half of fresh herbs, shrimp and scallops. Sauté for just a few minutes. Add wine and stir while removing the bits that stuck to the pan. Reduce heat to low. Add tomatoes. Stir well and add tuna and kalamata olives. Simmer for about 1 hour, stirring occasionally and breaking up the tuna as it cooks. Add remainder of the fresh herbs and take of heat and let stand for five minutes before serving. If needed, a bit of water can be added but only if the tomatoes have not given off enough liquid in the middle of the cooking process.

Best served over Israeli couscous.

Herbed Couscous

November 8th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

2 cups Israeli couscous Olive oil
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped
1 tablespoons fresh chives, finely chopped
1 tablespoon fresh mint, finely chopped
½ cup red bell pepper, finely chopped
Salt/pepper
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon butter
¾ cup sliced crimini or brown button mushrooms
2 cups Israeli style couscous (regular couscous can be substituted)

PREPARATION

In a medium sauce pan bring 3 cups of water to a boil and then add the couscous, stirring well at a steady boil for approx 2 minutes. Cover take off heat and let stand 10-15 minutes or until couscous is tender but slightly aldente. Do not take cover off during the first 10 minutes of setting, as to allow the couscous to finish cooking. In a medium skillet heat olive oil on medium heat and sauté garlic and fresh herbs for just about a minute, add red bell peppers and a pinch ofsalt and pepper. Add the butter and lemon zest to the pan and allowing a minute for the butter tomelt. Add mushrooms and sauté for about 2 minutes or until tender and succulent. Add cooked couscous to the herb mushroom mixture and stir well.

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