I survived the sweltering weekend by going to visit my parents. It wasn’t any cooler where they live, but they do have many more cowboys and pickup trucks than I do in my town. The pickup tricks and cowboys didn’t do much to make me forget about the heat, but do you know what did? Pronghorn! And do you know what pronghorn do? Have babies! I spent a good chunk of the weekend driving around looking for baby pronghorn and exclaiming every time I saw their butts: “They’re so fluffy!” A lot like this girl.
When I came home it was still much too hot to do anything that required movement, so cooking a complicated dinner was out of the question. Normally, cooking at all would be out of the question but I finished the last of my emergency Nutella on Friday and needed to eat something. Enter the yummiest and easiest couscous ever.
- Olive oil
- Chopped grapes (trust me – garlic and fruit go so well together)
- Cheese (ideally, this is cheese made for you by your Rocket Scientist boyfriend. If your Rocket Scientist boyfriend doesn’t make cheese, any yummy cheese will do)
- Lemon juice
- Toasted pine nuts
- Chopped basil (I used 4 kinds, ’cause I’m fancy like that)
- Chopped parsley
- Chopped spinach
- Salt and pepper
- Cook the couscous according to package directions. After I add the couscous to the boiling water, I add a clove of grated garlic to the mixture. I think it tastes better than the garlic flavored couscous you can buy…and I’m scared of vampires
- Add a dash of olive oil and some lemon juice to coat and further flavor the couscous
- Throw all the chopped bits in and season with salt and pepper
- Eat up!
This recipe makes fantastic leftovers, and is a great way to use all the produce you can find at farmers’ markets right now.
P.S. Right before I went to post this, I was catching up on my blog reading and I discovered that Erin from Work With What You’ve Got posted almost the exact same recipe last Thursday! It looks almost as good as mine
I would say we might have to have a couscous rumble, but I’m pretty sure she’d win. Mostly because I hit like a girl, and not in the cool girl power reclamation that expression.
P.P.S. Nerd alert: Did you know that baby pronghorn are born without any odor? When they’re first born they’re not good runners (their primary defense against predation), so the mother pronghorn will place the baby, or kid, in a depression in the ground to hide it. The lack of odor helps keep predators from finding the kid. Biology is so cool.