Saffron Couscous with Dried Apricots and Butternut Pumpkin

Lately dishes have been coming together nicely – like this one. I had half a butternut left over from making Sweetcorn and Butternut Fritters, and some beautiful but very hard dried apricots from the Afghan shop that needed to be used up. What better way to do that but with couscous. Those dried apricots, by the way, are such a surprise. They look like nothing when dried, so hard and dark in colour, yet they plump up to flavoursome soft apricots when soaked. I love them.

Roast the pumpkin the evening before if you are looking to save time. This is a very easy dish, and it makes a great salad or side dish. It is from Ottolenghi’s Ottolenghi, the first of his books. It is interesting to go back and browse through Ottolenghi – you can see the journey that Yotham has been on, and the journey that we have been on along with him.

Similar recipes include Couscous Salad with Orange, Couscous with Pinenuts and Sultanas, and Couscous Lunches.

Browse all of our Couscous recipes and all of our Butternut dishes. Or explore our Early Autumn feasts.

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Quinoa or Couscous Salad with Orange

A beautiful salad with the slightest suggestion of Middle Eastern flavours and mixing the sweet with the savoury. It is a great Winter salad, when oranges ripen and hang soft and juicy on the trees in the back yard.

We have a few Quinoa salads, either published or coming up. I like to make 2 or 3 of them through the week for lunches or to accompany dinner, cooking enough quinoa for the 3 salads at the beginning of the week. It makes life easy!

Are you after similar recipes? Try Saffron Couscous with Apricots and Pumpkin, Moroccan Salad with Radishes, Quinoa Salad with Apricots and Pecans, Light Couscous Salads, and Pumpkin Couscous Salad.

All of our Quinoa recipes are here, and our Couscous recipes here. Try some Orange recipes. Browse all of our many many salads, or just the Bittman Salads that we have cooked. Or explore our Early Winter dishes.

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Burghul or Couscous with Pine Nuts and Sultanas

An easy dish today, one to bring the Middle East to your table. It makes a great side dish to any meal, and can also be used in place of rice. It is quite pretty! Pine nuts are toasted for full flavour and crunch, sultanas are plumped for sweet lusciousness, and barberries or pomegranate kernels are added for colour.

The base of this dish can be couscous or burghul/cracked wheat, or any similar grain. Cook it, drizzle it with a little ghee or butter, add the ingredients and serve.

Similar recipes include Burghul and Chickpea Salad with Cherry Tomatoes, Burghul and Cauliflower Salad with Hazelnuts, Spicy Chickpea and Burghul Soup, Spiced Burghul Wrapped in Vine Leaves, Burghul Salad with Pomegranate, and Roast Pumpkin Couscous Salad.

Browse our Burghul dishes and Couscous recipes. All of our Middle Eastern recipes are here. Or explore our Early Autumn dishes.

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Light Pasta or Couscous Lunches | Pasta or Couscous Salads

Do you still make as many pasta dishes as you used to? Somehow it has fallen out of fashion somewhat. Rather than the regular pasta night each week, it seems that pasta is more a once-a-month dish. And the fall-back pasta types are spaghetti – thick or thin – or fettuccine. Recently, at an Italian restaurant, I had an amazing macaroni dish and yet I can’t recall the last time I had macaroni. Not even a mac and cheese!

Coincidentally I now have an amazing Italian providore close by, one that holds an amazing array of different pastas, which I vow to explore one by one.

Rather than a hearty evening pasta supper, we have been eating pasta salads – they are so fresh and light, so very appealing, so perfect for Spring and Summer weather. Herbs are growing in the garden after the winter cold – chives, basil, parsley, spring onions (scallions). There are chillies too and Thai basil. Lots of salad type greens that can stand up to a little pasta – baby spinach, rocket, lettuce varieties.

Would you like similar dishes? Try Pasta Salad with Artichoke Hearts, Burnt Eggplant and Mograbieh Soup, Mograbieh and Artichoke Pilaf, Elegant Orzo Pasta with Wilted Spinach and Pinenuts, Roast Pumpkin Couscous Salad, and Rocket and Penne Salad.

Enjoy our other pasta recipes and other Couscous dishes. Take some time to browse our Salads too. Our Italian recipes are also here. Or explore our Early Summer dishes.

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Roast Pumpkin Couscous Salad with Chilli Jam

When Autumn takes hold and Winter is just around the corner, salads become heartier.

As the weather gets colder in the transitional months after Summer, Autumnal and Wintery colours are introduced into the kitchen. Pumpkins, polenta, couscous. Pomegranate. Quince, Pears. Apples.

This morning – it is so much cooler in the pre-dawn mornings – pumpkin is roasted until utterly caramelised. Couscous is cooked. And a salad comes together.

Similar dishes include Saffron Couscous with Apricots and Pumpkin, Salad of Butternut Tataki with Udon Noodles, Chargrilled Pumpkin Salad with Labneh and Walnut Salsa, and Couscous with Pinenuts and Sultanas.

You might like to browse our Pumpkin Salad recipes, all of the Pumpkin recipes, and our Couscous recipes. Be inspired by a range of Early Winter dishes.

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How to Turn Nothing into a Hot Couscous Salad

Sometimes we need to make a meal out of seemingly nothing.

It’s great to have some time at the seaside. Recently in Kauai I made a special lunch in about 10 mins, to eat over the water. Really, it was just from things that we had around in the condo – towards the end of the trip we tried to use up as much as we could.  It was perfect for a relaxed day contemplating nothing much. You can do the same with whatever you have in your kitchen. You can even replace the large couscous with the smaller grains, polenta, or any lentils.

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