Friday, July 25, 2008

Blog meets world...

This past weekend, I had the privilege of meeting Donna, one of my blogging friends. We both have a friend in common, and when I moved to Ohio, this same friend told us we should meet.

So we finally did. And we had a great time.

Some people have a way of talking about things that demonstrate how down to earth they really are. Donna is one of those bloggers, so I had no reservations in getting to know her. Reading her blog also made me feel like I had a jump start in getting to know her. Our entire family had a great time and my kids were really well behaved (but they made up for that this week *grin*).

And I can't leave the food out of a nutrition blog! I had fogotten how simple and tasty kabobs can be, and I actually made couscous, something I hadn't prepared before. I was surprised at how simple it is and it cooks very quickly, so it beats cooking rice for 20 minutes in the microwave, especially on a hot day.

Anyway, I figured I'd record how I made the couscous so that I can make it again:

A's Couscous

2 cans vegetable broth
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp ground ginger
3/4 cups raisins
1 can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained and rinsed
1 10oz package plain couscous (approximately 1 1/2 cups)

Bring broth, cumin and ginger to a light boil, remove from heat and stir in raisins, garbanzo beans and couscous. Let sit for 5 minutes, then toss with a fork.

I dont' know if our host family cared for it, but my picky son loved it (could it be the raisins?). He ended up eating leftovers and has asked me to make it again.


  1. We had a nice time too!

    Me and E liked the couscous, M said she didn't but ate it all, Josh well he is just traumatized from when he was little...LOL

  2. Well, I apologize to Josh for that. Maybe when we get together again, we can have beets so that Stan doesn't feel left out ;-)

  3. We love couscous. It makes a huge mess when the kids eat it though. I'll need to try your recipe. I love the raisin idea.

  4. Well, I can't take full credit for the raisins. Most of the recipes I looked up had raisins or garbanzo beans in it. I accidentally used more broth than the recipe called for, so I put the rest of the packet in there. It came out fine.

    I also edited the quantity because I thought a 10 oz pack had about 2 cups, but it's more like 1 1/2.