Friday, June 8, 2007

Follow My Directions / Suivre Mes Instructions

couscous petit pois

Honey! You are being redundant. They are going to think that you are a couscous freak!”
I know I am being redundant and that I already talked about this subject in great detail before, but it just drives me crazy to see people on TV soaking couscous instead of steaming it!
Why steaming it instead of soaking it?
Well, we want to allow the grains of couscous to cook evenly without overcooking it or undercooking it. This is not the place for “al dente”.

Three words for an authentic homemade couscous dish: Steaming, Rubbing and Coating.

Steam your couscous in a couscous pot if you are a “couscous freak” like me, or a simple steamer lined with a chesecloth will work. No lid will be needed and the water shouldn’t touch the couscous.
Don’t be afraid to rub your couscous between your hands since it is the best and only way you will need to achieve this melt in your mouth texture that couscous is known for.

After steaming your couscous, don’t forget to finish it by coating it with butter, vegetable oil or olive oil while continuously rubbing it between your hands. This will help it keep its moisture and softness and will definitely convince you to throw the package directions away.

Green Peas and Golden Raisin couscous


- 1 ½ cup couscous
- ½ cup green peas
- ¼ cup golden raisins
- 6 mint leaves, chopped
- 1 tbsp pine nuts, toasted
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- Salt

Follow this recipe to prepare the couscous. Steam the green peas and golden raisins together until they are both tender. After coating the couscous with olive oil, mix in all the remaining ingredients by using your hands or a wooden spoon. Serve immediately.

couscous petit pois

Couscous aux Petis pois et Raisins Secs

In francais please:

- 300g de couscous
- 125g de petis pois
- 50g de raisins secs
- 6 feuilles de menthe, ciselees
- 1 c.s de pignons de pin, grilles
- 3 c.s d’huile d’olive
- Sel

Suivre cette recette pour la preparation du couscous. Faites cuire les petits pois et les raisins a la vapeur ensemble jusqu’a ce qu’ils deviennent tendres. Apres avoir enduit votre couscous d’huile d’olive, melanger tous les ingredients restants au couscous en utilisant vos mains ou une cuillere en bois. Servir aussitot.


Cheryl said...

Your pictures are just amazing, you even make peas look good and I hate peas.

Deborah said...

I have never made couscous before, so at least I am not making it the wrong way!! I will bookmark this for when I do make it -I want to make sure and do it right!

Kelly-Jane said...

Great picture. I have the Nigella Lawson all purpose pot, which has a couscousier on top, and you are right the result IS better by steaming.

I must confess that I do sometimes just pour over hot chicken stock for a weeknight tea as well!

veronica said...

il faut que je mette ton blog dans mes favoris...
merci pour ton comment et a tres bientot...

Nora B. said...

Rose, I'm glad that you are a couscous fanatic because people like me need such precise instructions. Especially since I am trying to "convert" my partner to the wonderful world of couscous. He thinks it's "too dry" but I think it's because he hasn't had one that has been cooked the proper way, like you described. Thank You!

Stella said...

Just by looking at your couscous, I know it's uber delicious!
Oh, and I love your snapshots, your photos are really great!

p.s: thanks for visiting sweet temptations!

Anonymous said...

Un coucous qui me plaît à 200%!!!

Anonymous said...

ce couscous est mon préféré,tu m'as d'ailleurs mis l'eau à la bouche!!les photos sont tellement vivantes...cette préparation du couscous a l'avantage d'ètre plus digeste que le couscous traditionnel;tu y as ajouté des ingrédients qui doivent lui donner assez de croquant!!bravo; tu n'as pas fini de nous surprendre

Claude-Olivier Marti said...

Et bien bravo, quel titre sympa tout comme les photos, j'aime beaucoup !!! Bon comme je reviens d'un pique nique de bloggers, c'est pas pour ce soir ;-)

Bonne soirée

Patricia Scarpin said...

It looks delicious, light and healthy, Rose.

Helene said...

Both my parents were born in Morroco and both sets of grandparents were stationed there for a long time, so believe me I have learned to steam my couscous. I went as far as bringing my couscousier and tagine pot when I moved to the US...don't mess with tradition!