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Recipe – Pomegranate, Beetroot and Feta Cous Cous


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Today’s recipe is a lovely side dish I made last week and served with some minted lamb meatballs and a harissa and yogurt dip. I actually bought my meatballs from the butchers, otherwise I would share that recipe too because this cous cous went really well with the Moroccan flavours.

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I absolutely love pomegranates and always associate them with Christmas. However, I have spent my entire life peeling them painfully slowly by hand until Ian showed me the wooden spoon trick this week and I am a total convert! If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you simply slice a pomegranate in half and bang on the skin with a wooden spoon to dislodge the seeds. I think this was a Nigella tip – was anyone else as shocked as me by her being in the news this week?! Anyway…

This cous cous dish can be served warm or chilled and although it would be perfect for a summer BBQ, I think it makes a nice change to have something fresh and vibrant in winter too!

Ingredients

Enough cous cous for 2 people

Seeds from one pomegranate

2 roasted beetroots (not the stuff in vinegar!), cubed

About 100g of feta cheese, crumbled or diced

Fresh coriander, chopped (you could also use fresh mint and parsley)

Salt and pepper

Squeeze of lemon

How to make it

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  • Make your cous cous following the simple instructions on the packet
  • Mix through the pomegranate seeds, beetroot, feta cheese and coriander
  • Season to taste and finish with a squeeze of fresh lemon

Pomegranate Punch

We had a power cut yesterday evening. The whole village was plunged into darkness, which meant torches were grabbed, candles were lit and all the surrounding houses had a warm glow coming out from behind the curtains. It looked so cosy that I was almost disappointed when the power came back on!

Lots of neighbours were popping next door to check on people, which made me feel really happy to be living in a village that has that kind of community feeling where we all look out for each other.

It did of course mean we had to create our own fun, so out came the ukulele and I played the only two tunes I currently know, until I was finally asked to stop! Hehe

We now need to try and figure out how to reset all the timers on various kitchen equipment, and catch up on the new series of The Apprentice!

My Dad is still staying with us meaning we have had dish after dish of gorgeous home-cooked food;

Ribs (which were left to marinate and tenderise in a brine before being cooked until they were literally falling off the bone)

And Chicken Cacciatore, a lovely Italian dish

It is lovely to be able to come home after a long day at school and not have to worry about cooking, although his services don’t include the washing up!

Today’s quick recipe is for a summery punch, and it also meant I got to use my new stripy straws for the first time!

I can see myself making this cocktail time and time again over the summer. The pomegranate is sweet, yet crisp, and mint adds a refreshing element to the drink. I made this sans alcohol, but I plan to experiment with adding dashes of vodka and amaretto to it too.

Ingredients

Pomegranate juice

Fresh mint

Sparkling water or lemonade

A teaspoon of sugar (optional)

How to make it

  • Begin by picking sprigs of mint and tearing them to release their sweet flavour
  • Put the mint in the bottom of the glass or jug and fill it roughly two thirds full with pomegranate juice then top with the sparkling water
  • Add the sugar if needed and give it a stir
  • After a few minutes, the mint will start to infuse so enjoy over ice, with pretty straws and preferably in the sun!