Saturday, September 17, 2011
I was sooo hungry as I was cooking this dish! Maybe it was all the energy expended at the gym. Or the puny portions I had for dinner the night before. Or maybe, just maybe, it was the mere anticipation of savouring a plate of steaming Couscous With Prawns & Peas that had my mouth watering.
Whatever, my hunger was quickly satiated because this dish was done in under 30mins. You should have seen me - bliss written all over my face - happily tucking into a lovely lunch with an equally lovely glass of white. Now, go on ... be nice to yourself too. After all, the weekend's here, and you deserve it. :)
(Inspired by smithfield.com)
- 1 cup couscous (I used San Remo)
- 1 cup broth (of your choice)
- 1 knob butter
- 1/2 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 white onion, diced finely
- 1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed
- 300g prawns (or as much as you like), shelled and deveined, and marinated briefly in a little soy
- Cherry tomatoes, halved
- Toasted almond halves or slivers for garnish (and crunch!)
If you are unfamiliar with couscous, here's a short intro. It's not rice, that's for sure. :)
1. Cook onions in butter over medium heat in a medium sized saucepan until onions are soft.
2. Add broth and bring to a boil. Stir in couscous and peas. Turn off the fire. Cover and let sit for 10 minutes or until all of liquid is absorbed.
3. Fluff with a fork and taste test. Do you need some salt? Pepper? How about Cayenne pepper for some kick? Add seasonings, if desired, and gently fluff to combine. Cover and set aside.
4. In a small pan, fry prawns on high heat to sear. You can do so with a little oil, although I prefer to "dry fry" them (ie, no oil). I like the slight char it imparts to the prawns. These cook very quickly, so the moment they turn a bright orange, they are done.
5. Plate your dish. Scoop the couscous onto a dish, then top with prawns, cherry tomatoes and toasted almonds. Voila! Lunch is served.
Dear Mr Claus, how's about a tripod for Christmas, eh? That way, I don't have to worry about dropping my camera when I pose with my food?