Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Foodie BlogRoll and K's Quick CousCous

Before K and I headed off to see the new Wes Andersen film, which, if you like The Royal Tenebaums and/or Bottle Rocket, you will adore this most recent addition, he cooked up a great little couscous dish that I wanted to share for the sake of its interesting use of Fennel.

K's Quick CousCous
-1/4 medium sized fennel (anise) diced
-1/4 cup of raisins
-1 large tomato (diced)
-1/2 cup of couscous
-olive oil

How To: This dish came together really quickly, and its end result was amazingly satisfying. He diced the anise, tomato, mint and rocket and added the lot to a big blue bowl (feel free to use any colour bowl you wish). The couscous and raisins were left to plump up in a small bowl, which he added some boiling water to, allowing the water to be absorbed over 7 minutes. When the pasta and dried fruit were ready, he added them, the oil and spices to the diced ingredients and gave it a good stir. Really impressive flavours, and a nice crunch was found in the fennel. Great job K.

In other news, I want to celebrate the Foodie Blogroll that I have recently become a member of. (Wo) manned by Jenn, The Left Over Queen, this electronic network has the intent of bringing foodie folks, both readers and writers, together. I suppose that with this recent rash of 'tagging' that has been floating around the vegan blogs I read, I have been thinking about what can be seen as superficial relationships/connections made in the blogging world. My conculsion is that blogging can be as superficial or as 'real' as you make it. I am enjoying getting to know people like Jennifer, Lori and Lindsay by way of reading their tags, blogs, and even the recipes they share. I see the Foodie BlogRoll as an extension of this - I want to use it as an opportunity to build authentic moments of interacton and impact. Food, like poetry, art, music, and education, can make connections - if you want it to. My compliments to Jenn for thinking up and keeping up a networking and social environment in the electronic world that otherwise can limit and restrict our human reality.

Happy Cooking and Blogging!


Deanna S. said...

Oooh, the couscous with fennel sounds very yummy. I actually have some leftover fennel in the fridge which I will have to try with this recipe. By the way, what is rocket?

pleasantly plump vegan said...

i love fennel so much! this sounds amazing.
its so weird how often my "blog" friends get mentioned in my everyday conversation. i love getting to know people all over the world through this awesome vegan connection.

Kumquat Peekapoo said...

Thanks for the couscous recipe. I've never had it, but this sounds really nice.

VeganCowGirl said...

Sorry, Deanna, Rocket is what Europeans and British folk say when we (North Americans) would be talking about Arugula lettuce.

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

what is the new Wes Anderson film???? I LOVE him! He is my favorite director of all time. We just saw Darjeeling and laughed for hours!

Anyway, this couscous looks great.

I appreciate all your kind words about The Foodie Blogroll. I feel you can learn a lot about a person from what they eat and enjoy cooking - that was my inspiration for the blogroll - to bring all kinds of people from all over the world together under the common denominator of food!

Welcome to The Foodie Blogroll! :)
Hope to see you on the forum as well!

pleasantly plump vegan said...

OH YEAH, i forgot to write you back that I will be in Florida when you are in Atlanta : ( bummerface!
Hope you get to stop by Cosmo's Vegan Shoppe and Soul Vegetarian(which are one the same street) and visit the Dekalb Farmers Market in Decatur (town I live in only a few miles from Atlanta).

Jennifer said...

That looks fantastic! Do you ever just wish you could reach into your computer screen and eat the food in the picture? I feel that way right now...

Rural Vegan said...

I haven't heard of the new Wes Anderson movie - sometimes I wonder if I live under a rock!

Thanks for the couscous recipe too, it sounds delicious with fennel!

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