Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Couscous porridge

With winter passing into memory for another year, we've still had enough of a Canberra spring - warm and sunny one day, freezing the next - to feature porridge. This is another find from my recent Jamie Oliver book, "Jamie Does..." a couscous porridge with apricots. There are two good concepts here, one is the honey-sweetened couscous as a porridge, and the other is the fresh, uncooked dried apricot dish.

Recipe: Couscous Porridge with Honey and Orange Apricots
200g couscous
500-600ml milk
2 tablespoons honey
200g dried apricots
1 orange
Extra honey, nuts and cinnamon to taste


Prepare the apricot compote in advance.
  • Zest and juice the orange.
  • Chop the dried apricots finely.
  • Just barely cover the dried apricots and orange zest with boiling water.
  • Let soak until cool, then drain off a little of the water and add the orange juice.
  • Soak overnight, and mash roughly with a fork.
When ready for breakfast, make the couscous.
  • Put the couscous, 500ml milk and 2 tablespoons honey in a saucepan.
  • Bring to a simmer, and let simmer for 5-10 minutes.
  • Add a little extra milk or water if it's getting too thick; it should be quite wet.
  • Serve with a dollop of the apricot mix, a drizzle of honey, a sprinkle of cinnamon, and some toasted pistachios or almonds.
Notes: Of course it's varied from the original - I so rarely follow recipes these days. Jamie Oliver serves this with pistachios that have been toasted on the spot, and drizzled with honey. I'm not fiddling with that at breakfast time. And he purees the apricots in a blender, while I prefer a more chunky style.

2 comments:

Jess said...

looks great

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