Recipes+ claimed I could make it in 20 minutes. Unfortunately not. By the time I had grated, chopped, toasted, fried, zested, worked out spices to use in lieu of a Moroccan spice mix and then ran out to the back yard to pick some mint, it was far longer than 20 minutes. I found the salad not quite right. After the first night I found that goats cheese gave it the pick-me-up it needed. (Perhaps avocado would have worked just as well.) The salad lasted us a few days and was a great batch of leftovers to have in the fridge.
Made me smile
- I woke on the weekend from a great dream that I had a packet of pringles chips that were flavoured walnut, chocolate and cheese. Hugh Grant was my boss so I offered him one. (Oh please let this dream come true just so long as Hugh isn't a sleazy boss like in Bridget Jones.)
- Today I bumped into a friend from college. He said I hadn't changed at all over all the years since we both lived in the East Wing!
- E was tidying up and found an Epping line train timetable from 2004. We really need to tidy up more often!
- The comment on the radio that made me smile the most today was someone suggested that the way to cut down on too many solo drivers causing congestion in our city was to take away cars from the idiots on the road. Hear, hear! Though I worry that the more time I spend on the road with those idiots, the more I am in danger of being one of them.
Memorable newsworthy moments of the last week
- 21 Incredibly Angry Songs About Margaret Thatcher, Buzzfeed (actually this is October 2012 but it was recommended by someone on the radio talking about remembering Margaret Thatcher after the news of her death.
- A woman from Broken Hill in far west New South Wales has been found guilty of assaulting police with a quiche. ABC News, 11 April 2013
- Noel Gallagher judging The X Factor: what contestants should expect - an example of Noel Gallagher's feedback (about his brother Liam) - "He's rude, arrogant, intimidating and lazy. He's the angriest man you'll ever meet. He's like a man with a fork in a world of soup." The Guardian, 13 April 2013
Made me think:
- Creativity is frequently born out of boredom. Boredom is good. ... When kids are bored they are more likely to invent their own games. Red Ted Art reflects on The Importance of Play Part 1, and Part 2.
- News is to the mind what sugar is to the body, claims Rolf Dobelli in article in the Guardian, 'News is bad for you – and giving up reading it will make you happier', 12 April 2013.
- The actions of this new majority, who refused to remain silent when confronted with racism, contribute to the building of new legacies, inclusive of all Australians. Amelia John reflects in the Conversation (15 April 2013) on the most recent racist attack in Melbourne where the fellow train passengers turned against the racist.
Previously on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
One year ago: Chocolate Raspberry Almond Cake amid the chaos
Two years ago: NCR Tricken Rice Soup with Celeriac
Three years ago: PPN Mee Goreng
Four years ago: Wholemeal Chocolate Cake
Five years ago: The Nut Roast in History
Moroccan chickpea and couscous salad
Adapted from Recipes+, April 2013
1 1/2 cups couscous
1 1/2 cups vegetable stock
2 tbsp vegetable olive oil
1 onion, cur into wedges (I chopped mine)
1 tbsp Moroccan seasoning (I used 1/2 tsp each cumin, coriander, smoked paprika, turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, and dash of cayenne)
400g tin of chickpeas, rinsed and drained
2 carrots, grated
1 lemon (about 2 tsp lemon zest and 2 tbsp lemon juice)
1/2 cup flaked almonds, toasted
1/2 cup torn mint leaves
1/4 cup sultanas
1/4 cup crumbled goats cheese (or avocado?)
Place couscous and stock in a large bowl and cover for about 5 minutes. Toast almonds. Fry onion in 1 tbsp vegetable oil til soft (about 5 minutes). Add spices and stir one minute.
Mix all ingredients except goats cheese. Scatter goats cheese on top to serve.
On the Stereo:
moondawn - Klaus Schulze