What a Pearler!

Pearl Couscous with Prawns

I’ve made a decision about couscous – I only like it in very small doses, and by that I really mean, hardly at all.  I haven’t made it since last year when I went out to the shops to buy hair dye and instead came home with couscous (read the post as I really would rather forget that day). I think I liked couscous that day but I’ve decided that I don’t, but will eat it if someone served it up to me, as long as it’s only a little bit.

What I do love however is  Pearl Couscous; I guess because it’s almost like pasta and not really like couscous at all. I love how it holds it’s shape and soaks up any flavour you add to it. Anyway, at the moment, I’m a little addicted to this nutty flavoured little pearler!

I made a rather large salad with it, with prawns, avocado, cherry tomatoes, lime and coriander and there is absolutely none left. My handsome man, who has never eaten this before, just devoured the lot – he’s a mighty good man and I love how much he loved it.

Not much of a post tonight as I’m shattered after a long week at work – I have had to take on a Coordinator position at work in addition to my teaching role, and I just have to get my head around that, my shoulder is killing me and my left shin hurts after my run (must get new runners!) so all I want to do right now is take a pain killer or two, finish my Vodka and drift off into lala land, even though it’s only 9pm on a Friday night.

Here’s the recipe and the pics

Cheers and good times 🙂

Ingredients

Dressing

  • 1 juice of a small lime
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup shaoxing wine
  • 1 tblspn sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch pepper 
  • bunch of coriander

Method

  1. Add spices to oil in a deep pan and slightly heat, then add couscous and stir through very well over medium heat for 1 minute.
  2. Add boiling water ( see packet for quantity of water ) to the pan and stir periodically for 8 – 10 minutes.
  3. Once water is absorbed and the couscous is soft remove from heat and stir through 1 teaspoon of olive and then spread out evenly, so that you don’t get any clumps.
  4. Stir carefully about every 5 minutes till the couscous is cooled.
  5. Add more oil to the pan and saute onions then add the prawns and stir until almost cooked then add dressing. Remove prawns once cooked and set aside to cool.
  6. Cut  cherry tomatoes into quarters.
  7. Peel and dice avocado.
  8. Add dressing to the couscous and mix through well.
  9. Add all the other ingredients gently and mix through well.
  10. Top with coriander and lime wedges.
Love fresh ingredients!

Love fresh ingredients!

I could eat this every day!

I could eat this every day!

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I Love Where I Live!

Pumpkin Bread with Avocado and Tomato

I live in an area that is awesome when it comes to buying food. This is pretty much due to the fact that more than a couple of thousand Lebanese people moved here many years ago. They opened up International Grocery Stores and excellent Lebanese Pizza places around the corner from my house. I can buy anything and everything that is wonderful there – spices, herbs and fresh locally grown fruit and veg. I count myself so very lucky. On top of that, the surrounding suburbs are a magical mix of people from South East Asia & the Subcontinent so Vietnamese, Cambodian, Thai, Malaysian, Indonesian, Indian, Sri Lankin, Bangladeshi, Pakistani and Nepalese restaurants, supermarkets and delis are everywhere. I can buy the most obscure Vietnamese or Thai ingredients to produce truly authentic food. If I want an Indian curry – no problem – I just head down to the next suburb and shop for whatever I want in the Indian grocery store. I don’t think I’ll be holidaying in Afghanistan any time soon but I can sure as hell eat their awesome food in one of the most wonderful little restaurants tucked away in a small neighbouring suburb, and all of this no more than a 10 minute drive from my house. I effn love where I live!

Buy real food people!

Buy real food people!

This has also meant that many ‘foodies’ have moved into the area and have opened up cafes and bakeries. Not all of them are great, not many of them last and some of these ‘foodies’ are just wankers, but those that are great become firm favourites with the locals. ‘Sourdough Kitchen’ is one of these places. This place is small but bakes and houses the most delicious bread I have ever had and the surrounding ‘good’ cafes use their bread to serve up to their customers. It was at one of these cafes where I fell in love with their pumpkin bread. I am more than happy to drive there and pay $6.50 for a very small loaf – it really is that good!

Such a great place!

Such a great place!

So, today I woke up normal work time early instead of having my usual holiday sleep in and made myself an espresso (only espresso will do in the morning and don’t get me started on buying instant coffee – that shit should be illegal) and found myself ready for the day. Yes, I headed out to ‘Sourdough Kitchen’ to buy bread. I love eating this bread thickly sliced, toasted and topped with avocado and tomato with lots of salt and black pepper and this is exactly what I had for lunch today. My daughter, who hates avocado, ate hers with tomato and the tzatziki I  had made yesterday. Great friggin’ lunch, the sun was bloody shining, I was on effn holidays – my life can be so wonderful sometimes I think I should celebrate it with a Vodka and Cranberry – it’s 2pm and a lovely afternoon drink is definitely in order…Cheers and bottoms up!

It was still warm when I bought it!

It was still warm when I bought it!

Alex's yummy lunch!

Alex’s yummy lunch!

My lunch - so friggin' delish!

My lunch – so friggin’ delish!