But one of the first tasks I was given since being home, being the organized freak that I am, was to clean out the pantry. This meant to remove some starchy goods like couscous and produce, which birthed this dish and quite possibly became one of my favorite dish of conglomerated ingredients.
recipe : couscous with sweet potatoes, dates and mint
I have these days where I get the sudden urge to empty the pantry completely. To start new and fresh. It’s something I’ve acquired from my mother. When I was younger, she would purge the pantry and make something completely odd yet edible with the amalgam of ingredients. I distinctly remember lunches or Sunday dinners being an unfinished puzzle of ingredients and dishes that I have never seen and quite possibly will never see, yet they worked.This couscous recipe was just that. After spending a year in St. Andrews I just could not fathom the site of couscous actually. It was all we ever ate in the midst of deadlines. Five minute meals consisted a chopped up tomato, some fruit from someone else’s shelf and couscous. So couscous gives me that sour taste in the mouth from sleepless days and the woes of graduate school…
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