Today was President’s Day, which meant I didn’t have to go to work! This also meant I could take my time and cook something out of Plenty for dinner tonight. I have been pretty busy lately, so I thought this the perfect plan. I decided to make Green Couscous (pg. 255) and it ended up not taking very much time at all! Of course, haha! I totally could have made this in the brief 30-40 minutes I had any night last week, but oh well…now I know!
The recipe was very simple and straight forward (as I am finding many to be, to my delight!). Regular couscous is pictured in the book, but there was only Israeli couscous (which is bigger) in the bulk section at my grocery store, so I figured why not! It tastes the same and it looks prettier 😉 What took the longest was shelling the pistachios. I knew it would going in, but pre-shelled are just so much more expensive that I didn’t want to fork out the extra bucks only to save a few minutes. Then I mixed the “herb paste” – I already had all of the herbs, except tarragon, but that was an easy find.
The last thing I added was the arugula leaves. This was a bit of a disappointment…I had bought a nice package of baby arugula that looked fine in the store, but when I opened it up, there were a lot of slimy pieces…ugh…the woes of living somewhere were all of the produce has to be shipped in…I ended up picking out the good ones and having to rinse off quite a few, but a large majority, unfortunately, had to get tossed
I mixed everything together and time for the taste test. Surprise, surprise, it was good! Each bite is a little different depending on whether I got a pistachio (salty and nutty) or a bit of green chile (woo! spicy!). After a few bites, I took Chef’s recommendation and added some feta and that really made the dish! I give it 4 stars. It was great, but wasn’t quite as big of a WOW! as some of the others I’ve done recently. Definitely worth making again, though. (Mine L; Chef’s R, pg. 257).