Saturday, March 27, 2010

It's like a fiesta in your mouth!

So I had a Spanish-themed potluck to go to last night, and totally forgot about it until the night before. And I had class from 9:30am to 6pm beforehand. Did I panic and fake sick? No. Did I flee to Taco Bell, discard the wrappers, and hope no one would notice? No. I thought to myself, "What's already in that kitchen and what would Marta, Martha's Spanish sister, whip up with it?"

I cannot wait til the day I can say, "Oh, I just whipped this up!" on a regular basis. Better, I need to learn to say it in Spanish.

Well, never mind. I just looked it up. There is no Spanish equivalent for "whip up." I am very disappointed.

But anyway.. eso es lo que preparé:

Spanish-Style Couscous

(by the way, if you've ever read one of my recipes before, you know I can't be bothered with measurements - just warning you)

-like a cup of uncooked couscous
-14.5 oz of vegetable broth (I only have a measurement for this because I used a can of it)
-a handful of green olives
-the other handful of black olives
-a single beautiful green bell pepper
-a clove of garlic
-a little bit of garlic powder in my life
-a little bit of cumin by my side
-a little bit of thyme is all I need
-a little bit of black pepper is all I see
-oh yeah, and some oregano

1) Boil the vegetable broth and throw the couscous in. You can literally throw it if you want, but I wouldn't recommend it.

2) Turn the heat down to about medium and let it cook for about two minutes. That's all it takes. That's why I love couscous.

3) Make sure you get those spices in there and mixed up during those two minutes. You can mix them in after it's done cooking, but it's way easier to stir broth than cooked couscous. Put it aside once it's done.

4) Chop the green pepper, the garlic clove, and the olives. Unfortunately, you will not be choppin' any broccolay.

5) Saute them up in some olive oil. Or mayo if you're Paula Deen.

6) Mix them up with the same spices as before.

7) Put it all together and sprinkle the oregano on top. Done! So freakin easy even I can do it. Y que sabroso!


geschichtenvonkat said...

that looks delicious!

Steph said...

that looks yummy...gonna have to try it!

M.M.E. said...

This is such a great idea!

customdesigns4ubynan said...

I like your musical reference. I heard Mambo #5 again recently and danced around the store as I did my shopping. And you're really dating yourself (and me) with choppin' broccolay, choppin' broccolay...that was a great routine. Really miss the original SNL - I don't watch it anymore. Thanks for the recipe, too!

Rebekah {honey and cheese} said...

Oh my goodness. I don't know how the rest of your recipes are written, but if they're all like this then you need to write a cookbook. The musical reference was great, as was "the other handful." And I've got to try this (sans the bell pepper, but maybe with some jalapenos thrown in) - it looks delicious!