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Lemon & Thyme Couscous

I am not sure if there is anything that much easier to make than cous cous.  Basically it involves boiling water, stirring in some cous cous and removing from heat…waiting a few minutes and then fluffing the cous cous.  That being said, plain old cous cous can be kind of…well…plain.   But it is so simple to add some flavor to cous cous. One way, is to add some ingredients to the water you cook the cous cous in. For this recipe chicken broth, lemon zest and fresh thyme are added.   This cous cous makes a good accompaniment for a chicken stew.

Lemon & Thyme Couscous

(serves 6)

  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves or 1 1/2 teaspoon dry thyme
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
  • 1 3/4 cups cous cous (about a 3/4 pound box)
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  1. In a 2 to 2 1/2 quart heavy saucepan bring water, broth, thyme and zest to a boil.
  2. Stir in couscous.
  3. Cover pan and immediately remove from heat.
  4. Let couscous stand covered, 5 minutes.
  5. Fluff couscous with a fork and stir in oil and salt and pepper to taste.
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Thyme Roasted Sweet Potatoes

 She cooks you sweet potato,  you don’t like aubergine
She knows to boil the kettle when you hum bars from Grease
She senses you are lonely but still she can’t be sure
And so she stands and waits, stands anticipating

– “Sweet Potato” by Sia

Sia is one of the most played artists on my iTunes. So, yes, I listen to quite a bit of her music. Whenever I see sweet potatoes I always start singing this song in my head.

I am a sweet potato fan, just like I am a Sia fan.  MrMango thinks sweet potatoes are okay…not his favorite, but prepared the right way…he will eat them. I tried these oven roasted herbed sweet potatoes from a recipe I tore out of Gourmet. The thickly sliced sweet potatoes are tossed with olive oil, fresh thyme, garlic, coarse salt, and red pepper flakes. They were super easy to prepare and had a nice flavor profile with the sweetness of the potato, the saltiness, the savoriness of the herbs, and the kick of spice from the red pepper flakes.  

Thyme Roasted Sweet Potatoes

(from Gourmet magazine)

  • 4 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 1/2-inch-thick rounds
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/3 cup fresh thyme leaves, plus 6 thyme sprigs for garnish
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  2. In large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and toss.
  3. Arrange potato slices in single layer on heavyweight rimmed baking sheet or in 13×9-inch baking dish.
  4. Place on top rack of oven and roast until tender and slightly browned, about 40 minutes.
  5. Serve warm or at room temperature, garnished with thyme sprigs.