after last weekend's "alt worship" nosh, it was back to the real thing this weekend - cooking!
I made my monthly trip to Cappo's on Friday and picked up cheap prawns and mussels, and some swordfish.
spicy shellfish couscous
i pretty much followed the recipe in the african and middle eastern cookbook.
you need some harissa, so I made some using the recipe in the hamlyn spice book by arabella boxer.
50 g dried chilli peper (I used minced)
25 g chopped garlic
5 g sea salt
25 g caraway seeds
1.5 tbsp olive oil
just whizz it all up in the food processor.
pour 2.5 cups salted warm water over 3 cups couscous in a bowl. stir and leave for 10 mins. add 3 tbspn oil to 1-2 tspn harissa and blend. mix harissa blend through couscous. (I added sauted choppen red onion). top with bits of margarine or butter in a baking dish. cover and bake (later) for 20 mins.)
saute unshelled green prawns and mussels in a pan with juice of 1 lemon and 1/4 cup water for 3-4 mins. remove shellfish and reserve liquid. (throw out any mussels that haven't opened!!!)
fry 2 chopped shallots in 1/4 cup marg or butter for 3-4 minutes, then add the following and fry for a minute - 1 tsp ground coriander seeds, 1 tsp cumin seeds, 1/2 tsp ground cumin, 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (I used a tsp minced chilli).
remove from heat. stir in 2 tsp flour and add 2 1/2 cups fish stock. bring to boil, add 1/2 cup cream and simmer for 10 mins. add salt and pepper as needed.
[in the meantime I steamed some diced sweet potato and later added it in with the seafood... not in the recipe...]
shell 2/3 of the mussels and prawns, add all seafood to pan with a handful of chopped coriander and heat through. sprinkle more coriander on top.
Fluff up the baked couscous. Let people serve themselves by putting couscous in a bowl and ladling the seafood broth over the top. have extra harissa on hand for those who like it spicy.
this was very yummy and different from a paella or a laksa that I usually cook. great possibilities. I'll be making it again I reckon.