Harissa Cous Cous and Roasted Sweet Potato

Lately I've been thinking a lot about blogs. My favourite ones. Ones I dislike. Ones I'm indifferent to. And, of course, my own meagre offeringAll this musing has led me to discover I like blogs that are personal (maybe a bit too personal), involve food in some shape or form and contain oodles of great photos. Oomph! Photos. That's a whole other post so let me regain some focus and hone in on personality. My favourite blogs have personality by the bucketload. Whilst they may not tell you everything about a person, you can learn so much from reading someone's thoughts. Erm, that didn't sound as creepy in my head. Ahem, anyway, all of my top rated bloggers have the ability to make the mundane exciting and that is a serious gift. One I admire above anything else.

A good blogger will leave you gagging for more - in fact, I sometimes find myself desperately searching the archives of my fav blogs in the (mostly fruitless) hope of finding a post I have not yet read. I'm like a blogging junkie...........what do you mean they only back as far as 2007?!!!

In the midst of all this musing, I've been eating. No surprise there then. Mostly, it's been throw it together style meals that I don't have to think too much about - sometimes these are the best kind anyways. There was one exception this week when we had a guest on Thursday and I cobbled together a bit of a Mexican themed meal consisting of guacamole (the best guacamole!), an uber smoky chilli with quinoa and an unctuously chocolatey raw cheesecake complete with a smattering of raw cacao nibs -  so, so good. We washed everything down with a couple of lagaritas courtesy of the queen of kitsch, Nigella Lawson - she didn't make them, I did, Nigella just provided the recipe: 1 part tequila, 1 part cointreau, top with lager and a good spritz of lime. Me likey mucho.

Before I get back to browsing my blogs I'll leave you with two of the best.....

Joy The Baker

Bonzai Aphrodite

If you don't do anything else today, take a look at these two blogs. They rock. If you decide to do something else, like say, a wee bit of cooking, why not try this....

harissa cous cous and roasted sweet potato

1/2 cup cous cous

1/2 tsp cumin

1/4 tsp smoked paprika

1/4 tsp ground coriander

pinch of cinnamon

pinch of chilli

1 tsp vegan vegetable bouillion powder

1/4 cup of freshly podded peas

1/4 cup mixed sprouted beans

1 tsp harissa paste

juice of 1/2 lemon

salt and pepper

1 large sweet potato

salt and pepper

olive oil

to serve

1/4 cup roasted red pepper hummus

juice of 1/2 lemon


Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees celsius/350 fahrenheit. Pierce the sweet potato all over with a fork. Rub with oil, salt and pepper. Bake in the oven for 45 minutes.

Place the cous cous in a bowl along with spices, salt and pepper. Mix the vegetable bouillion with 1/2 cup freshly boiled water and pour over the cous cous. Mix with a fork and cover with cling film or a plate (my preference). Allow to sit for 10-15 minutes until all the liquid has been absorbed and then fluff with a fork.

Stir through the harissa paste until the cous cous is evenly coated.

Pod the peas and add to the cous cous along with the mixed sprouted beans. Lightly season and pour over the lemon juice and a little more oil (optional).

Serve warm in a bowl. Slice open the baked sweet potato and place on top of the cous cous. Mix the hummus with the lemon juice and freshly ground black pepper, dollop on the sweet potato and eat.