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Summer couscous!

In Citrus, couscous, Maghreb kitchen, Middle Eastern kitchen on September 29, 2010 at 7:41 pm

This summer we were in hot Lebanon again and made up a new recipe. And as always scarcity brings out the best ideas. When we found in the our friend Tamar’s kitchen a cauliflower and the superb Lebanese lemons (they’re like the famous Amalfi lemons or Sicilian lemons from Italy) a new dish was born: a cold summer couscous from finely grated cauliflower, lots of lemon juice, lemon rind, salt, fruity green olive oil and a generous amount of golden fried chopped pinenuts: there you go! The cauliflower is fresh and crunchy, the lemon juice fresh and aromatic, the olive oil gives a fruity taste and you end with the nuttiness of the pinenuts and preferably some fleur de sel or flake salt. At Souk el Tayeb’s Tawlet restaurant in Beirut we prepared it again, and it was an instant success and it remained that way anytime we do it. This coming Friday it will be part of our Middle Eastern Christmas buffet for the Christmas shoot for the Dutch delicious. magazine. Mmm…delicious.!