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I’m being a mean mean mummy today.

My eldest hates Cous cous. As in, he’s almost phobic of it and lets out a little involuntary shriek whenever he sees it.

However, sitting in our cupboard is a big bag of Cous Cous that seriously needs using. So they are going to be exposed to it once more. You never know, today could be the day that they decide they love it.

Ahem.

Turkish Style Cous Cous

You will need:

1) A bowl of Cous cous (I’m cooking for three, but obviously, tailor the amount to how many you are catering for!)

2) 1 cougette, chopped into small chunks.

3) A handful of cherry tomatoes, halved.

4) A small red onion, chopped into segments.

5) A handful of spring onions, finely chopped.

6) A generous squeeze or two of lemon juice.

7) A handful of chopped mint.

8) 1/2 a teaspoon of paprika.

9) olive oil.

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How to make it.

1) Preheat your oven. Then arrange the red onion, courgette and tomatoes on a roasting tray and drizzle with oil. Cook for 20 minutes, or until soft and roasted!

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2) About five or so minutes before the vegetables are roasted, start preparing the Cous Cous as per packet instructions.

3) Add the mint, spring onions, lemon juice and paprika to the Cous Cous, stirring well.

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4) Take the roasted veg from the oven and add to the Cous Cous. Again, stir them in well.

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5) Serve in a bowl (with some bread for the boys!) and eat immediately.

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Total Cost: Very cheap indeed. Cous Cous was from Approved Food, and the rest from Aldi. So, in total, about £1.30. We’ve also got some left over, so it stretches a fair old way as well!

The Verdict? I went back for seconds (and a top tip, a dash of pepper sauce peps it up a treat!) so I can safely conclude it was a hit with me. DB2 likewise scoffed pretty much everything (except those courgettes…!). However, Db1 was perturbed by it and declared it was his ‘least favourite food’. Apparently less favourite than even his dreaded nemesis, risotto. Wow. Must have been bad. Poor Db1!

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