Sides and Sauces

Refreshing Summer Pimms Cous Cous Recipe

This morning was gorgeous weather, so after I’d dropped the kids off at their under-fours street dance class, I invited some of the other mums round for a jug of Pimms.  We had a lovely time gossiping on the patio. Sarah has started dating an Algerian man after her horrible break up with Chris last month.  We were a bit tiddly and late picking up the kids from class, so I gave them my camera phone to play with in the park so I could sit down and rest on a bench in the shade. I must have dozed off, because  I woke up thinking about Julie’s Algerian. I decided to make cous cous and my famous vodka humous for tea. Bradley was late back from work, and the kids were in bed, so I decided to put a mediterranean twist to it and add mint leaves. And then I spotted the half empty Pimms bottle from this morning.

Ingredients (serves 4, or 1, depending how late your husband is from work):

  • 2 large wine glasses of dried cous cous
  • 2 large wine glasses of boiled water
  • Flesh of half an orange
  • 20 fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • Half a cucumber, diced
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Zest of half a lime
  • 200ml of pimms
  • Half a tablespoon of turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 small red onion
  • Salt and pepper
  • 100ml Olive Oil
  • 25ml shot glass fresh coriander, chopped



  1. In a saucepan, fry the onion and garlic in a splash of the olive oil.
  2. Add the cous cous and boiling water, bring to the boil, then turn off the heat and cover until the cous cous has absorbed the water. Fluff with a fork.
  3. Stir in the rest of the ingredients.
  4. Serve with Pimms.

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