Couscous is so easy to prepare and is a great store cupboard ingredient that can be whipped up at the last minute. This recipe uses dates but apricots or raisins can be used instead.
For 6 people, put 500g of medium ground couscous in a bowl, add three tablespoons of olive oil, a good pinch of salt and a little white pepper, rub this in until the oil coats the grains.
Now gradually add 600ml of blood warm water. Leave it stand for ten minutes for the couscous to absorb the water. Break it up until nice and fluffy, that’s it, now all you have to do is add your other ingredients.
75g of chopped and stoned dates
4 tblsp of olive oil
2 large cloves of garlic chopped finely
75g of blanched almonds
2 tblsp of chopped mint
2 tblsp of chopped parsley
Juice and zest of two lemons
Salt and pepper