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  1. 10 min.Couscous : Photo of step #1

    Vegetables preparation

    Prepare 4 courgettes.

    If you have small courgettes, just cut into thick slices.

    Set aside.
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    Wash and slice 1 leek thinly, set aside.
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    Peel and wash 4 carrots, cut into pieces, set aside.
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    Peel and wash 4 turnips, cut into pieces, set aside.
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    Meats preparation

    In a big pan on hot fire, put 4 tablespoons olive oil.

    When it's hot, make brown 20 Meatballs.
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    Do the same thing with 800 g chicken breast.

    Do this for all the meats, then set aside.
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    In the same pan, add a little more olive oil if necessary, add onion and garlic, salt and pepper, and cook for 1 or 2 minutes.
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    Add meat, 4 tablespoons spices for couscous and mix again.
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    Add all the vegetables and 350 g tinned (canned) chickpeas, mix again.
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    Add 2 litres water. With a spatula, scrape bottom of pan well to mix all the flavours (important).

    Add 70 g tomato paste and 2 beefs stock cube, then salt and pepper.
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    Bring to the boil.
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    Then cover, and let cook on slow fire for at least 1 hour (2 or 3 hours is better).
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    Couscous preparation

    Prepare the couscous: heat 5 glasses water with 3 tablespoons olive oil and salt.
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    When water is boiling, remove from heat and add 5 glasses semolina, mix well, cover and leave for 5 minutes.
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    After this time, add 50 g butter (or more), and mix with a fork. It's ready.
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    When couscous is ready, broth is in a beautiful red and all vegetables are soft.

    Check seasoning.
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    The traditional way to serve: a layer of couscous, then vegetables and meat, and a good deal of sauce over the top.


To prepare a hotter sauce: take 2 or 3 ladles of stock from the pan, and in a bowl mix with a good tablespoon of harissa (according to your taste) and some chick-peas. Serve with couscous for spicy sauce aficionados.

As for the chicken, choose a good quality one (free-range, of traceable origin, or "red label" in France for instance).

Proportions are given as suggestions, do not hesitate to adapt to your taste.

You can add other vegetables if you like: bell pepper, aubergine/eggplants, and other meats: meatballs, lamb, spicy sausage, beef...

If you can't find a ready-made mix of couscous spices, you can make your own from: cumin, coriander (ground), cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cardamom and turmeric. Paprika, cloves and caraway are also sometimes used.

And to drink?

A wine from Algeria of course, or Languedoc, something full-bodied. Otherwise a well chilled rosé from Provence.


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