I really love working out of coffee shops because I am always so much more productive. I love the hum of some noise going on as I work, all of the other people working hard on their laptops, and the delicious drinks that are at my fingertips. I don’t love coffee shop food though, so I normally go to the coffee shop, drink a lot of tea lattes and last as long as possible before I can’t take it anymore and have to go home for something to eat. Earlier this week, I lasted until about 1:30 and then raced home for a nice meal. I didn’t have anything pre-prepared so I thought of couscous right away. Couscous is awesome because it is ready in under 10 minutes: just what I needed! I gathered everything green in my kitchen and ended up with this delicious, light green couscous salad, which I took a couple of minutes to snap some pictures of, because I knew I wanted to share it here.
When I have a half-meal (think: a hearty salad, a nice soup, or a simple noodle dish) a soft boiled egg on top usually makes it feel more complete. The egg adds something to really chew on and the yolk provides an amazing sauce-like addition. I always make the egg simply topped with some salt and pepper. But, I was recently watching the new season of Masterchef Australia and saw one of the contestants make a soft boiled egg covered in spices. I instantly wrote the idea down on my to-make list. Why can’t every bite of the egg include a burst of flavour? The possibilities in my mind were endless: crushed nuts, herbs, spices.
I really hate being wrong. It is not one of my best qualities but it’s true. And I’ll admit, in the case of rosti v latke I was definitely wrong. Over the past few months, I have been making latkes, which are shredded potato pancakes traditionally served during the Jewish holiday Hannukah, for dinner. My boyfriend maintained that rosti was so much better than latke and we should really make those instead. I thought he was being ridiculous, “Rostis are just giant latkes!” I would say, rolling my eyes, “they taste exactly the same”. Well, I was wrong.