1.5tbsp Olive Oil

450g Couscous

2.5tbsp Fresh Mint

1tsp Salt

500ml Boiling Water

This is so easy and can be made up to 3 hours in advance and kept at room temperature. Couscous is very welcoming to lots of flavours – parsley, coriander, harissa, chopped pistachios, lemon juice, dried fruits and pomegranates can all be mixed in with abandon, but I think the simpler the better, particularly when on a budget, and simply stirring in a generous handful of mint makes for a fresh, intense flavour – just add lots!

  1. In a large bowl, mix the olive oil and salt with the couscous.
  2. Pour over 500ml boiling water, cover and set aside for 20 minutes.
  3. Fluff up with a fork and add the mint and cover and set aside again for 30 minutes at room temperature.

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  • pictures: David Merewether

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