Couscous SaladPer Nana~
Couscous is not something I prepare often. Many people think it
resembles "pastina" pasta but I definitely find a difference in flavor.
This week however, using the couscous with all of the herbs and spices called
for in the recipe made the dish quite interesting. Normally I don't use a lot of
ginger or cumin in my cooking but it definitely worked well in this salad.
Taking the easy way out for dinner, I served this
salad with a delicious roasted chicken from Costco.
This is definitely one of the recipes that gets filed under "never would have
thought of these ingredients". Likely because I am not familiar with Moroccan
cooking. But somehow, after four years of "French Fridays with Dorie".
...my pantry IS prepared for Moroccan dishes. I actually surprised myself that I
could easily lay my hands on turmeric, cumin, and ground ginger-
check, check and check. It was the good old cinnamon I had to hunt for.
My how times have changed, but for the better. The family enjoyed it
and hubby said it was a good option for him to take for lunch at work.
Tomatoes ProvençalPer Nana~
Adding to this week's post is a make up recipe for tomatoes provençal.
Many thanks to Kathy for this selection, it was excellent and quite tasty.
This is one recipe I will make time and time again.
The mixture of herbs that I used were fresh basil leaves and chives, blended
with finely chopped garlic. I baked the tomatoes for 30 minutes as instructed,
and then I basted them. Another 15 minutes and they were perfect.
I sprinkled some parmesan cheese over the tomatoes as Dorie
suggested, and they were simply delicious.
The spoiling continues.
It is widely known that I am treated to both standard and hard to find ingredients by
getting a special delivery à la Nana. This week my lovely new next door neighbor,
Nicole, just happened to ask if I could use some of her garden fresh tomatoes.
Yes, she evidently raises amazing heirloom tomatoes and offered to share.
Coincidentally, on the same night that I was planning to
make the tomatoes provençal. Cue the choir of angels.
Aren't they gorgeous ? Yup - they were absolutely delicious too.
This recipe was wonderful. Even though it involved turning on the
oven in the summer, I will still do it again and again. All of my
taste testers approved. And now they want a garden next year as well ...
Happy French Friday ~