The essence of this salad is in the pomegranate seeds. Add those crunchy sweet pops to anything and its taste will magically transform to a gourmet level. Ok not quite, but almost. I really only discovered the diversity of pomegranate when in a beach club in South Africa. They had a pomegranate mojito. It was amazing. Best mojito ever.
Warm Couscous Salad with Chicken, Rocket and Pomegranate seeds
It’s official: this is the most middle class post on this blog (and that’s impressive, because I’m fairly sure that in the dictionary definition of Middle Class, ‘possessing a food blog’ is one of the identifying criteria.)
You may or may not have heard of quinoa (say it keen-wah, appaz), which seems to be quite a recent Health Food Sensation. It’s hailed as a superfood which may or may not be true, but it’s high in protein and amino acids and other good things for you but has zero gluten, which means you can happily munch away at it without feeling guilty. (If you have no idea what on earth I’m on about, imagine a cross between rice and couscous that is super good for you and which you would have to eat metric tonnes of in order for it to make you fat.)
This salad is dead easy (no, really) with a total prep time of about 10-15 minutes which makes it perfect if you are on a writing roll and need a quick fix so you don’t completely lose your train of thought. If you are feeling entirely too virtuous while consuming this delicious, high-protein, gluten-free meal, contemplate the nature of quinoa and allow some proper middle class guilt to seep into your superfood salad along with that delicious, tart dressing.
Unsurprisingly, starting a food blog can be detrimental to your diet. So we decided to be ‘healthy’ and make salad for once. When Number Two told us she was going to make us a salad with sweet chili dressing and pesto, we were dubious, to say the least.
We regret our rather vocal doubts now – this salad was delicious. We are all entirely sold.
Never fear, we didn’t discover this curry in the back of a wardrobe behind a bunch of fur coats – we’re just ignorant westerners who can’t pronounce Nonya correctly. However, walking into an asian shop trying to find the appropriate ingredients is (for us) a little bit like a trip to Cair Paravel.
This curry is dead easy to make and has a brilliant flavour payoff; an ideal comfort meal for a cold, rainy spring day.
It’s Friday and the gorgeous sun that we’ve had all week has suddenly and distressingly been snatched away by the sky gods, so we decided to hole up inside and cooking Warming Food and Watch StarWars and Listen to Backstreet Boys. (Is our age showing?)
After vetoing ALL THE THINGS involving aubergine and cucumber, we settled on the following recipe.
This recipe is so good, Three and Four are still scraping the pots. We have declared culinary triumph and are feeling very smug about our skills.
Jaime Oliver’s Chicken, Chorizo and PrawnJambalaya