I like to consider myself somewhat of a green thumb. I love to garden. There is something so magical about planting something then with a little love and nurture that plant will produce something that tastes better than anything you have ever bought.
My first attempt with growing a vegetable garden came when I was about 12. My dad and I went to Home Depot, bought some wood and soil and built a raised garden bed on the side of our house. We even put a sprinkler head in the middle. I relished with pride looking down at what we had done. The only problem was that it was on a shaded side of our house and the only thing that grew were weeds.
I have been trying to spruce up the grains these days. I mean brown rice gets a little boring. Israeli CousCous (or sometimes known as Pearl CousCous) on the other hand is quite interesting. Add some veggies in there and you have something to write home about. This is actually a Chefanie Wambach recipe – she uses quinoa – but delicious nonetheless.
If you are unfamiliar with Israeli CousCous it is much larger than its common counterpart. When it cooks up it is pasta like, or rather orzo-ish. I served this with grilled trout, but you can serve it with anything you fancy. Continue reading →