That’s what ‘a cup of coffee’ invitation means in my house: when I just moved to Brockley and invited my friend K for a cup of coffee, she ended up helping us out to put together our wardrobe and staying for dinner, a drink and a chat until late… and also, from time to time she had to stay overnight because of my bottomless cups of coffee! Last weekend it was ‘a cup of coffee’ situation again! We had a lovely Saturday here in London and I was planning to go and visit my friend to the docklands, but she wanted to have a cycle and came over to my place, therefore we had some dinner and an apple crumble requested by C. By the time we have eaten, it was dark and late… So it never really is just a cup of coffee!
Roasted Vegetable Couscous
1 red onion
2 cloves garlic
handful of garden peas (I used frozen)
1 can chickpeas
cured sausage (optional)
3 handfuls of couscous
3-4 tbsp clear honey
knob of butter
fresh lemon juice
Preheat the oven to 190 C. Peel and chop the carrots and potatoes. Boil them for 5-10 minutes. Chop the onion. Crush the garlic. Cube the sausage. I used the sausage just because I received a lovely delivery from my mum!
Drain the carrots and potatoes and shake them a little bit in a pot. Place them on a baking tray. Mix in the crushed garlic, chopped onion and mushrooms. Add salt, pepper and plenty of olive oil. Combine everything well. Drizzle the lemon juice and honey over the veggie mix, place the tray into the oven and bake for about 30 minutes mixing occasionally.
Boil the chickpeas for a few minutes, drain and mix them with the veggies. Add the sausage. I like adding meat at the end so it doesn’t get too hard.
At the meantime get the couscous ready. Place them into a deep bowl and cover them with boiling water, put the lid on and allow couscous to swell for about 5 minutes. Fluff up couscous with a fork and mix in a knob of butter.
When vegetables are nicely roasted and golden, add the peas and pop the tray back to the oven for a few minutes. Mix in the couscous, drizzle some more oil if needed and enjoy the simple yet lovely dish!