Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Simply Roasted Veg with Spiced Couscous

I know. Unbelievable, isn't it? After seemingly many months and innumerable paragraphs of ludicrous stories and half-baked opinions, I'm finally posting a solitary recipe, with not an anecdote in sight. The only thing I have to say about this one is that it is ridiculously – almost stupidly – simple. It's not going to win anyone any Michelin Stars, but is just perfect for after a hard day's work (yes, even students encounter those at times) or when you simply can't be bothered to put much effort in. What's more, it tastes rather good and is really quite healthy to boot. Bravo!

Serves: 2
Time: 20 mins prep, 20 in the oven.
Cost: £1.93 each (approx)


- 2 onions
- 4 cloves garlic
- 3 peppers (I used one of each colour, which looked very bright and cheery!)
- 4 tomatoes
- 120g couscous
- Spices of choice (I used ground cumin, cinnamon & chilli flakes)
- Salt, pepper and olive oil (best quality, if possible)


1) Pre-heat your oven to 200oC. Peel the garlic cloves and chop them in half. Peel the onions, quarter them, and then pull the quarters in half (pulling the inner layers away from the outers with your hands).

2) Chop the peppers into largish chunks, discarding the central stem and seeds.

3) Halve the tomatoes.

4) Put all the veg into a roasting tin, drizzle with olive oil, season with salt, pepper and herbs if you wish. Put it in the oven for 20 mins.

5) About 7 minutes before the veg are done, put the couscous in a small (cereal sized) bowl and put a kettle on the boil. Once boiled, pour the water over the couscous so it just covers it, and then cover the bowl with clingfilm.

6) After 5 mins or so, uncover the couscous and and season with a little olive oil, salt, pepper and the spices to taste (no more than a teaspoon of the spices should suffice). Mix the seasonings in with a fork.

7) Plate everything up (remove the garlic before consumption, if you wish)!


  1. I love how you put the price and I love couscous. I hope you put more food recipes! And how about the Italian Escapades post? Done with it yet... :)

  2. Couscous is great indeed! The price is only a rough guide, but it should help people feel encouraged to try it when they see how cheap it is! ;)

    Yes the Italian one is done, but I have one more travel post to come soon on Cornwall! It's not long till your Italy trip now, no?