The love between me and Mr Cous Cous was born in Rome in the summer of 1995, during the prize trip for graduation, accompanied by two friends company. The meeting took place in one of the many Arab ethnic restaurants in the capital. I have very strong memories of the taste of the dishes I’ve tried that night, but the cous cous, of all people, has literally haunted me.
After returning home, I filed the Arab culinary experience and I no longer thought about it until 2002, when, on their honeymoon, for the umpteenth time, this complete and delicious dish came back to my table. Since then, I could no longer do without it and if someone were to ask me what is never missing in my pantry, I would reply … “the canned precooked couscous”.
And now, I’ll try to make sure that does not miss even a concoction of spices found in my shop “with a thousand sins” ideal for the couscous. In this little shop located in the center of Vicenza always I find any type of flour (untreated), cereals, an immense range varieties of rice, spices, candies and hard to find products for cooking, but absolutely natural. Last week, with the excuse to buy some food coloring to marzipan, I imbattura curious from the shelves as a greedy little girl in a toy store and I found this made sweet chili mix, ginger, cumin, garlic, caraway, pepper, coriander, cinnamon, salt, cloves, nutmeg and cardamome.
This whole story to talk about the dish that place today. It ‘a cous cous a little unusual … because not done with the classic stew of meat or vegetables, but with tuna, flavored magic dall’intruglio of my shop with a thousand sins.
In a saucepan I blew into small pieces in a little extra virgin olive oil:
1 white onion
3 white potatoes
2 yellow peppers
2 cans of tuna
1 of spices spoon
A part I cooked in 500 ml of boiling salted water with 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, 250 grams of cous cous precooked for 4 minutes.