one mediterranean nightPosted: May 12, 2011
today, i am going to show you how to cook a mediterranean meal. now, i know how to do this because i watched alvin make it last night, haha!
the menu, friends and neighbors:
- couscous salad
- spiced meat patties
- home-made hummus
- stove-top grilled naan
first, the hummus. these are what you’ll need:
now, to make the meat patties, you’ll need some ground beef and pork, ground cumin, ground oregano, onions, an egg and some salt.
we come to my most favorite part of the meal, the couscous. now, alvin and i have seen couscous on tv on numerous occasions, but only just recently came in contact with these fabulous, fabulous tiny grains made of semolina flour in real life.
based on the countless blank stares we’ve gotten from various attendants in various supermarkets, couscous are actually a bit hard to describe, since they look so much like rice but are actually kind of like really small, round pasta.
by itself, it’s as neutral as steamed rice and the things you could do with couscous are practically endless. the first time we cooked it, we just added boiling chicken stock, fluffed and served it with lamb chops. then we tried it with bacon and some chopped coriander leaves, which was a meal in itself.
for last night though, alvin found a couscous recipe with tomatoes, cucumbers and scallions which was so light it was perfect to pair with meat.
more than an hour of kitchen flurry later, jing, alvin and i sat down to this: