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Heart-warming Chicken Couscous

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chicken couscous

The last few days have been a bit trying for me on all fronts so I thought I would make something both comforting and warming… I found this chicken couscous recipe which is truly SO easy to make and all the flavours made me smile… I would really recommend giving it a try.

Ingredients:

– 1tbsp olive oil
– 1 onion, thinly sliced
– 200g chicken breasts, diced
– good chuck fresh root ginger
– 1-2 tbsp harissa paste, plus extra to serve
– 10 dried apricots
– 220g can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
– 200g couscous
– 200ml hot chicken stock (I would suggest using a little more)
handful of chopped coriander to serve

Method:

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan and cook the onion for 1-2 mins just until softened. Add the chicken and fry for 7-10 mins until cooked through and the onions have turned golden. Grate over the ginger, stir through the harissa to coat everything and cook for 1 min more.
  2. Tip in the apricots, chickpeas and couscous, then pour over the stock and stir once. Cover with a lid or tightly cover the pan with foil and leave for about 5 mins until the couscous has soaked up all the stock and is soft. Fluff up the couscous with a fork and scatter over the coriander to serve. Serve with extra harissa, if you like.

Mama’s Meatballs

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Growing up I always thought my mama was the best cook out there, and today, I still do. For some reason she was always able to make all our meals delish knowing exactly what spice is needed to make the dish perfect. There are certain meals as a kid that stick in your mind and the taste and texture are so distinct – this recipe is one of those… Enjoy!

Ingredients

– 500g mince meat
– 1 onion, chopped
– 1 egg
– salt & pepper

sauce:
– olive oil
– plain flour (about a wooden spoon full)
– 1 clove of garlic, crushed
– 1 tin of tomato paste / puree
– 1 tspn sugar
– water

1. Mix the mince, egg, onion, salt & pepper together with your hands until the mixture is combined well.

2. Roll into small balls about the size of a small plum.
3. Fry on a medium heat until cooked through and place aside.
4. In a hot saucepan, add some olive oil and the flour and fry for a few moments.
5. Add the tomato paste, sugar and garlic and stir well.
6. Gradually add water and stir constantly until you are happy with the consistency and thickness of the sauce.
7. Season with salt and pepper.

 NOTE: You need to be really quick with the first few steps of the sauce… it is easy to catch the sauce on the bottom of the pan. 🙂