the first recipe i'll be repeating is this one from that aforementioned birthday gathering in august (stolen and adapted from one of my all-time favorite cooking blogs). filled with fresh apples and green onions, it's the ideal potluck dish to help ease the transition from summer into fall. the fresh mint adds a much-needed kick, and i would venture that throwing in chives or cilantro wouldn't hurt one bit.
curried apple couscous
from 101 cookbooks
4 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons curry powder
2 gala apples, cored and chopped
5 green onions, thinly sliced
2 cups couscous
3 ½ cups water
3 teaspoons salt
2 large handfuls mint, roughly chopped
salt and pepper to taste
heat three tablespoons of the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium high heat. add the curry powder and 1 teaspoon salt. cook, stirring regularly for about 1 minute. add the apples and cook for another 5 or 6 minutes, until they are slightly softened and absorbed with curry. remove from pan and place in a large serving bowl.
in the same pan, add the remaining tablespoon of oil over medium high heat. add the green onions and cook for a couple of minutes, until they are slightly softened. add the water, another teaspoon salt, and the couscous. give the couscous a good stir, then cover the pan and remove from the heat. let steam for about 10 minutes.