GRILLED VEGETABLES AND COUSCOUS
Preparation Time: 20 minutes Cooking Time: 16-20 minutes
INGREDIENTS FOR THE DISH:
1 large eggplant
1 large zucchinis1 red pepper (cored, deseeded and quartered)
2 tbsp. olive oil
1/2 cup couscous
225 ml boiling vegetable stock
25 g butter
2 tbsp. chopped mixed herbs (mint/ coriander/ parsley)
1/2 lemon juice
INGREDIENTS FOR THE YOGURT DIP:
2 oz. greek-style yogurt
1/2 garlic clove (crushed)
1/4 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tbsp olive oil
1. Cut the eggplant and zucchini into thick slices (1/4 in) and put in a large bowl with the red peppers. Add the olive oil and salt and pepper and stir well.
2. Heat a ridged griddle pan until hot. Add the vegetables, in batches, and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side, depending on size, until charred and tender.
3. Meanwhile, prepare the couscous. Put the couscous in a heatproof bowl. Pour over the boiling stock, cover and leave to soak for 5 minutes. Fluff up the grains with a fork and stir in the butter, herbs, lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste.
4. Make the yogurt sauce. In our recipe book, it’s supposed to have 1/2 tbsp Tahini Paste but we had none, so we skipped that. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and season with salt and pepper.
*All ingredients are available in the Philippines.
*From the book 200 Veggie Feasts by Louise Pickford
FOOD CATEGORY: Lunch or Dinner
SPECIAL NOTE: Daday is our all-around household genius. She’s been with my family for more than 40 years, and stayed with me and my husband when we got married in 2013. From cooking all-Filipino meat and seafood dishes at my mom’s home, she has learned to cook (and love) vegetarian meals inspired from different parts of the world. I am sharing this with you because every time people (especially Filipinos) find out my husband and I are vegetarians, someone never fails to ask, “But what do you eat?”. This is our attempt to introduce the colorful world of vegetarianism (no, we are not limited to salads only), and hopefully to make you understand that it is indeed a gastronomic experience on its own.