The weather was kind this weekend, Mr TS wandered off to Portland to do a bit of essential maintenance on the boat’s bottom, DG disappeared to the river with her chums, BB and I gardened, biked and played and my teen boys revised. Again. It’s endless. I’m going to write a parenting manual warning people of the fool hardiness of leaving a two year gap between children – it works really well right up to the point where they are sitting GCSEs and A Levels at THE SAME TIME! As I wrote for Tesco Living, there isn’t much I can do for them other than listen a lot and keep them well fed. This cous cous salad eaten under the shade of the apple tree is full of goodness and summer promise – the exams will finish, you will be free to enjoy the sunshine or to sleep until the afternoon but, in the meantime, get this in your tummy.

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Couscous Salad in the Shade of My Apple Tree
Recipe Type: Salad
Cuisine: Vegetarian/Vegan
Author: Chris Mosler
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Serves: 2
A light summer salad with butternut squash, cranberries and feta/tofu
  • 125g couscous
  • 200ml hot vegetable stock made with 2 tsp Marigold bouillon powder and 1tsp chilli oil
  • 2 spring onions (scallions), sliced
  • 50g roasted butternut squash (I always roast more than I need for a recipe and freeze the rest for just such an occasion)
  • 100g sugar snap peas
  • 30g feta or tofu diced
  • Sprig of thyme, finely chopped
  • Sprig of parsley, roughly chopped,
  • 2 tbsps dried cranberries (or to taste, I didn’t measure them out, I just threw in what I fancied!)
  • Hulled pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds (I used an Omega seed mix which also included linseed and golden linseed)
  • 2 tbsp chilli oil and 1 tbsp tamari soy sauce
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  1. Pour the stock over the couscous, cover and leave to stand for 5 minutes
  2. Gently fry the seeds in the chilli oil until they just begin to change colour, add the tamari and sizzle briefly, remove from the heat
  3. Steam the sugar snaps for 5 minutes – you want them crunchy not soggy
  4. Fluff up the couscous with a fork
  5. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl
  6. Stir in the seeds with their oil and tamari
  7. Serve

This serves two as a generous lunch, four as a side salad.

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