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
- In a saucepan, fry the onion and garlic in a splash of the olive oil.
- 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.
- Stir in the rest of the ingredients.
- Serve with Pimms.