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Couscous

Sweet couscous

Sweet couscous

Couscous is extremely versatile and can be used for both savoury dishes and for sweet ones, such as this quickly made, delicious hot cereal. The couscous is mixed with dried fruit and soaked briefly in hot milk, then topped with fresh fruit, to create something a little different to start the day.

Spiced couscous tomatoes

Spiced couscous tomatoes

Choose ripe, well–flavoured tomatoes for this dish. Hollowed out, they make the perfect container for a spicy eggplant, dried apricot and nut couscous. The juices are squeezed out of the scoopedout tomato flesh and seeds, and whisked with a little harissa paste to make a tangy dressing.

Couscous Casablanca

Couscous Casablanca

Couscous is the staple food of much of North Africa, where it is often served topped with tender, colourful vegetables, drenched in delicious gravy and spiced with a traditional hot chilli sauce called harissa.

Saffron couscous

Saffron couscous

Serve this salad warm or cool as a main dish for 4, or as a main course accompaniment for 6. Either way, it is a flavoursome low–fat vegetarian dish that has real meal appeal. Saffron, which brings the taste and colour of the Middle East to the couscous, is available from supermarkets.

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Moroccan chicken with couscous

Moroccan chicken with couscous

Aromatic cumin, coriander and cinnamon give this chicken a real Middle Eastern flavour, and serving them with chickpeas further enhances the ethnic theme. Zucchini and sugarsnap peas add colour and all the benefits of fresh vegetables.

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