Monday, 3 September 2012

Meat Free Monday

This morning we continued from Stoke Works up the locks, stopping on the way to visit friends Stuart & Michelle who moor at Stoke Prior. Michelle had made the lightest, most wonderful scones with home-made jam and cream which we enjoyed sat out in the sunshine in their new garden.

As it was such a hot and sunny day we decided to stop below the Tardebigge Flight of 30 locks and just chill out reading and fishing.

It's Meat Free Monday again so today I made Couscous Salad which is a favourite of ours and uses whatever veg. you have in the fridge, along with the main ingredients of basil, tomatoes and mozzarella.

Couscous Salad - serves 2
100g couscous
1/2 courgette, chopped
1/2 pepper, cchopped
3 spring onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
tomatoes, chopped
mozzarella, torn or cubed (Aldi low fat Mozzarella is very good)
fresh basil, chopped

salad dressing
1 teaspoon runny honey
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
3 dessert spoons olive oil
1 dessert spoon cider or white wine vinegar

Chop the courgette and pepper into bit sized pieces and fry in a little olive oil until golden.  Add the crushed garlic and cook for a minute but don't let the garlic brown or it will be bitter.

Leave to cool a bit.

Next prepare the couscous. Weigh it into a bowl and just cover with boiling water.  Stir well and leave for 5 mins.

After 5 mins. fluff it up with a fork.

Make a basic salad dressing by whisking the ingredients together in a jug and add to the couscous along with all the other ingredients plus salt and pepper to taste.


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