I’m channeling Scarlett O right now. No, I’m not fashioning a dress out of curtains or verbally abusing anyone, but I am looking ahead to tomorrow as anothuh, hopefully bettuh, day. Suffice it to say that this weekend sucked. You know it’s not been a good couple days when the high point is the dog NOT having peed in the basement. Go Percy! It’s rare that you are the shining light in the family.
On a more positive note, I finished the pan of brownies, so at least that’s that, the tree I transplanted seems to be doing quite well, and I saw the sun -finally- for about 6 minutes this evening. The kids are in bed, and since my DH left for CA earlier today, I am going to read a few apps and call it a day there too.
I purchased a lovely herbed roasted chicken from Whole Foods tonight as the idea of roasting one myself at this point in time was abhorrent. I am thinking about making comfort couscous as the side though. Have you ever read Amanda Hesser’s delightful book, Cooking For Mr. Latte? It is terrific and chock full of fabulous recipes (she being a NY Times food writer and critic among other things). Anyway, this recipe actually came from Mr. Latte, and it’s been a favorite in our house since T and I lived in Amsterdam in ‘04 (I was reading this book then). God does that seem like eons ago…
Comfort Couscous a la Amanda and Mr. Latte
2 c beef broth, boiling
1 c couscous (I like whole wheat)
scant 1/4 c safflower (or vegetable) oil
2 T red wine vinegar
4 stems parsley
5 inner stalks celery (the light green, center-most, tender ones)
Pour couscous into a serving bowl and pour boiling broth on top; immediately cover with plastic wrap, a plate, whatever will keep the steam in and thus cook the couscous. While the cous steams, dice the celery and mince the parsley. Set aside. In a small bowl, whisk together the oil and vinegar and season with s&p. Once the couscous is done (about 5 minutes), scrape the celery and parsley over, stir to incorporate and repeat with the dressing.
This is so good with everything so make extras if you want leftovers. Yum!