Saturday, September 17, 2011

Couscous With Prawns & Peas

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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. :)

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Serves 2

- 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. :)
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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?
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  1. LOVE COUSCOUS. This looks simple and a great lunch. YARM. x

  2. Wow, that looks soo delicious Ju ~ I love the idea of using couscous.

    Your pictures are gorgeous and mouthwatering, as always! The spoon shot is fantastic.

    Thank you for sharing! (I'm about ready to turn in for the night ~ and I have a pretty good idea of what I'll be dreaming about.) :D xo

  3. i love cous cous! this is such a quick and simple meal idea. have to make it soon. thank you! =)

  4. Looks great and I bet it taste delicious!

  5. We eat this type of dish often..Couscous and Quinoa are 2 of my addictions..Beautifully shot sweetheart:)

  6. Gorgeous my dear Ju! Comfort food at its finest!
    I could eat that right now...and of course your pics are fabulous!

  7. This looks delicious! Makes me miss eating homemade shrimp fried rice that my step-mother made! As a matter of fact...I think I just might make some fried rice tomorrow or sometime this week.

  8. Oh yums, I wanna make this too! I love couscous!

  9. cous cous! (: have always called it "tiny rice" those look healthy and yummy

  10. Beautiful and looks delicious!

  11. that looks healthy, delicious and easy...... :)

  12. I am such a big fan of couscous and there are so many ways of making them! love the idea with prawns for sure.

  13. Hi Ju, your prawns look delicious and I would love to make them! Sorry if this is a stupid question, but where in Singapore do you buy cows cous (and quinoa for that matter)? I've looked high and low in NTUC etc to no avail. Do you get yours from a specialty store? Thank you in advance! :)

  14. Anon: Oh, you can get couscous at Cold Storage, Giant or the bigger Fairprice outlets. I got mine from Cold Storage (the San Remo brand). As for quinoa, I have seen them at both Cold Storage and Fairprice Finest. HTH! :)

  15. Hi Ju, I just stumbled upon your website and...i'm coming back. i think the japanese cheese cake one looks so fantastic i am going to try that! i love teochew food and i so miss that living in sweden now... in fact i think teochew mui will be my next meal after tomorrow's bbq (:

    1. Hi Daphne, thanks for dropping by. Wow, you live in Sweden? Which city? I wrote about my visit to Sweden in this post: Am having my Teochew muay in a short while ... :) Happy cooking!