as i said in my 2011 year round-up, this recipe was the one i made the most last year. i absolutely love it - delicious, easy and healthy. so when i stumbled upon this recipe that used such similar ingredients, down to the cumin i still have yet to procure, i was all over it. it's another food and wine recipe, and while food and wine rarely, if ever, fails me, this little number called for way, way too much salt. when i was making it this thought crossed my mind and i just happened to be right. the next time i make this i will halve the amount of salt it calls for - just use one tsp. and not two - or maybe even just a few shakes. even through the overpowering salt flavor though, i could tell this recipe is a keeper. the sweetness of the golden raisins (my favorite!) mixed with the crunchy almonds is great.
in addition to the ingredients above you'll need salt (not a lot!) and cumin. just like when i made the salmon, i didn't have any cumin on hand. i didn't use paprika in it's stead, like i do with the salmon, and i love cinnamon so much (my secret spice) that i was happy to leave it out. this recipe would also taste good with pine nuts, instead of almonds, if you have those on hand.
while you toast the almonds in a pie pan, boil the water containing the butter, cinnamon, salt and cumin (or lack thereof). once it reaches a boil, stir in the couscous, remove from the heat, and let it sit five minutes.
after five minutes, fluff the couscous. this is probably one of my favorite things to think about - fluffing couscous. you think of fluffing blankets and pillows and billowy skirts, not grains. and yet, due to it's airy nature, there is no better way to describe it other than "fluffing" when you stir it up a bit with a fork.
add the raisins and almonds and voile - you're done! just as easy as the main course, which it pairs wonderfully with.
and with that you can go watch that episode of parks and rec on hulu you've been meaning to get around to. or 30 rock. or downtown abbey. whatever it is the kids are into these days.