Thursday, 22 February 2018

Giant Cous Cous Salad

Is it the weekend yet?

I know I should not be wishing my life away, but its been a busy week with me having to work two late evenings that meant that I did not get home until just after 10 made, so I am ready for a break. 
Also I guess we are still far away from the weekend if I am about to talk about my work lunch.

I had not planned to make this Giant Cous Cous Salad, but we had nothing in the fridge as that particular weekend neither of us felt well enough to leave the house and venture far.  In the fridge I found half a butternut squash left over from Tagine I made a few days back and some red peppers.  I know peppers are not in season, I know that - but I always have them  for colour and for convenience to throw together dishes like this; and for some reason I had picked up a fennel bulb.  I also came across a packet of Jumbo or Giant Cous Cous that I thought would make a change from our usual pasta salad lunches. 


Neither of us were excited by this Giant Cous Cous Salad, but its better than paying out for a supermarket sandwich. The things about giant cous cous is that whatever you do to it, it fails to absorb flavours, its more about the look and texture.

When I went to distribute this Giant Cous Cous Salad  into our plastic lunch boxes, it occurred to me that I should invest in some of those eco friendly Bamboo lunchboxes.  Yes, like everyone else, we have been thinking about reducing plastic in our home, but I have these plastic tubs right now and am not going to throw them out. I will in time, replace them with eco bamboo ones I saw recently.
I am sharing this colourful bowl of Giant Cous Cous Salad with Soups, Salads and Sammies hosted by Kahakai Kitchen.

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  1. I think 'it's not exciting, but better than a sandwich' is probably my standard issue work lunch. I had to go off and google bamboo lunchboxes after I read this! They do look very cool. I'll keep using the plastic tubs I have now until they die on me, but when they do, I'll definitely get something beautiful and bamboo.

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    1. Oh Joey, I will also get some of those pretty lunch boxes when the plastic ones become defunct in our home, but I am not throwing them out until then.

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  2. I had hoped you would rave about this salad as I have tried a giant couscous salad recently and not been then thrilled with it - need to experiment more on the rare occasions I have the stuff - and I admire your work lunches!

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    1. Sorry Johanna, i cannot fib. I think giant couscous looks good, but it just fails to take on flavours, i think next time I will use it in a soup or stew in place of barley! Perhaps that is what you should do with yours.

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  3. I prefer this couscous to the "regular" one.
    Though couscous in itself is not very tastefull, it's so versatile that I use it frequently. And your beautiful salad is a good example; you mix what you have in the fridge with the couscous and you have something nice, quick and easy. And I love that!

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    1. That is interesting, as i think i prefer the traditional couscous :)

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  4. I had giant couscous once, but wasn't too impressed with it. I of course used the whole packet up, but never bought it again. This salad looks lovely though, and i'm sure that there are some other good uses for giant couscous, but for now I'm sticking with the regular size.

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    1. Glad to read you feel the same way about it :) I pick it up thinking the next dish will be better, but it never is.

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  5. I love giant couscous in soups but if I use it in salads I have to add lots of flavor and other ingredients.

    It is a very pretty salad though--thanks for sharing it with Souper Sundays this week. ;-)

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    1. Thanks Deb, I will have to try is in soup the next time.

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  6. I want bamboo containers now too! I'll have to decide between those and collapsible plastic ones which are also appealing as they can collapse down after being used (and for storage).

    On food matters, this looks exactly like the sort of lunch I would make, and whilst it may not be super exciting, it would still satisfy me I think. We always have peppers too and I like the texture of giant couscous a lot

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    1. Kari - you know what, I think I will get some now, i was gonna wait until the plastic ones were no longer in good condition, but I am swayed by the prettiness of some that i have seen. I am pleased you like this salad, I am hoping to try the giant couscous in a soup next time, perhaps that is the way i will enjoy it more.

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  7. It looks good, even though you weren't excited about it ;) Sometimes we make things that aren't super exciting to remind us how exciting other things are haha. It is very pretty too! We also keep pepper on hand for colour and convenience.
    Have you thought of glass containers? We bought some glass containers for our lunches and to store everything in our fridge. They are very durable and wash nicely and we've had them for well over 5 years and they are in fantastic shape.

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    1. Thank you Kimmy. I am hoping to use it in a soup next time, I think I may prefer it that way. I do have glass containers, but with the commute to work and my bag getting overloaded, I am afraid of it smashing - All the storage jars in home are glass and ceramic though :)

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