No, let us turn our attention instead to the fact that I got to eat real, and really good, food for the first time in DAYS!!
This is so simple and delicious it's stupid.
Just make couscous the way you always do: heat up a cup of chicken broth to a rolling boil, add in a tablespoon of butter, swirling until the butter melts. Take it off of the heat, add one cup of dried couscous, stir vigorously, cover, set aside for five minutes. Fluff with a fork.
- serves four -
2 large andouille sausages, cut in 1/2 inch slices
1 large onion, finely diced
4 stalks celery, sliced fine
4 cloves of garlic, finely diced
a handful of cherry tomatoes, sliced in halves
Throw two tbsp olive oil into a pan, and heat over medium heat.
Add sausage. Cook for 9 minutes (more or less) browning each side (note: this is precooked sausage, so quick browning is sufficient; it will get warmed through as we go. I should try this with fresh andouille, but I've been sick for days, so, you know, cut me some slack.)
Add onion. Cook for three to five minutes, until it just begins to color.
Add garlic and celery. Stir, cooking for five more minutes.
Toss in tomatoes. Let them warm through (about three minutes, more or less).
--- NOTE: I know, I know, you can just toss all the veg in at once. I just like the little caramelization you get if you let the onions cook a little too long. And we're only cooking on medium heat. And it's nummy. ---
Spoon out a bit of couscous to cover a plate, and then spoon on a pile of meat and veggies. Sprinkle with good, peppery olive oil (I get to cheat by using California Happy Valley Olive Oil, which is just amazing), and splash a bit of red wine vinegar. Pinch o' salt, grind o' pepper, and off you go!
Tomorrow, ADVENTURE!! :)