Cupboard Raiding Cous Cous.

Good morning all from slightly warmer England!

I'm officially broke....

Because we just bought our first home!

Yup, the contracts have been exchanged and me & my fiancee now own a beautiful Victorian terrace on a teeny little old style street.  We get the keys Friday.  Whoop!

The downside is, all my money is going on nice new house stuff, like shelves & paint.  I haven't the money to buy different ingredients to try out new recipes this week.  So this has truly been a time of going through the cupboards, looking at what cans the family have shoved to the back and being creative with it.

Sometimes, isn't that just the best way?

The results have ranged from mushroom & chickpea sauce risotto - to a thick garlic & tomato bean stew (the results of that one were a little....anti-social) and even this.  A cous cous dish.  I raided the cupboard and found the ingredients to one of the tastiest cous cous meals I'm prepared in a while.  Cupboard raiding successful.

Hence the title.  I'm afraid this cous cous isn't some kitchen version of Indiana Jones (though feck, wouldn't that be cool?)  It's simple.  Like the name.  Why make up some fancy pants title for something I threw together and actually tasted okay?!


So the process went like this.  Ooh, got a bit of cous cous left over... what can I have with it?
Ooh, some stock!  Perfect.
A can of tuna.  Yup, that'll do nicely.  Hope we've got a...
...Yay!  We have an onion left over...
...ooh look a can of Apricots!...
and some lime juice!?

Ahh brilliant.  I made enough for two people, and simply ate the other half the next day.  So made this way, it makes two servings.  It also tastes nice cold.  Just to let you know.

80g wholewheat cous cous
1/4 pint of water mixed with vegetable stock (I used liquid stock.)
185g can of tuna in spring water, drained (or inbrine, whatever floats your tuna boat)
1/2 can of apricot halves in juice (not syrup), chopped into small cubes.
1 white onion, chopped.
2 teaspoons Smoked paprika
2 teaspoons fresh coriander
2 cloves of garlic
1/2 tablespoon lime juice
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon honey.
3 tablespoons boiling water.
Pinch of salt and pepper.

Cook your cous cous to the packet instructions.

In a frying pan, cook your onion, coriander & garlic in a little oil for a few minutes.  Add the tuna, smoked paprika, salt and pepper and cook for a further few minutes.

Next add the chopped apricots (leave one halves aside for decoration if that your thing.)  Leave it all to simmer away on a low heat.

In a jug, mix together the lime juice, chili powder & honey.  Stir it well.  Add in the boiling water and then whisk lightly.  Next add it to the frying pan and mix in well.  Add in the cous cous, stir until everything is combined and then serve.


So now I have to ask my fellow food lovers & cooks... anyone got any good storage ideas for our new kitchen?  This is what it looks like at the moment... Take away the oven & fridge as they are now gone....
This is my highly technical drawing of what I'd like ideally.  It's going to be a very deep red colour too.  There's a pantry (ooh heck I nearly wrote panty!) to the side, so I don't have to worry about where to store dog food/cans/pasta.

Anyone got any good ideas?  We're open to them!


...I know what you're thinking.  I'm wasted in cooking.  I should be an artist, right?


  1. Love the couscous recipe .. another to add to the collection :) On the kitchen front, can I say lucky duck. I'd kill to have a kitchen that big. All I would suggest is that you keep the microwave on the same side as the cooker. Perhaps at the end of the worktop where you have placed the toaster. Just move the toaster up a bit, or put it where you were going to have the Microwave, with the bread bin next to it of course.

    1. Cheers for the advice, I was nervous about putting the microwaves so close to the sink, I'll definately try out where you suggested!

  2. HA, HA! I have to laugh at your drawing because it's totally something I would do! Your kitchen looks great! TON of counterspace! CONGRATS!

    1. Thanks =] Ahh I know, it's bad isn't it?! It's the only way to visualise until we get the keys!

  3. It sounds good to me with the tuna! Congrats on your new home! It will be a fun time arranging all, and a good kitchen to cook in. Great with the red, my kitchen is red and white. I'm new here and like your blog! So I'll be looking around now. Congrats again on your first home!

    1. I do love a red kitchen =] and thank you very much Pam!

  4. Congratulations on your home! That's so exciting!

  5. Congratulations on your new home, Emma. Kitchen looks pretty big.
    Couscous salad looks very tasty.

  6. haha! I want Indian Jones Couscous :D Congratulations on your new home!! Can't wait to see the "after" pics!

  7. I was just wondering what to make for tea tonight - think I have my answer now! I'll have to make some substitutions and go with what I have in the cupboards, but I feel that's in keeping with the spirit of the recipe anyway! x

  8. Congrats on your beautiful new home. How exciting! Love your recipe for couscous. Sometimes great meals come out of raiding the pantry!

  9. Love the art. Have you considered framing this drawing to hang in the kitchen? Perfect, right there by the window...
    And great recipe, love that you had those things in the cupboard!

  10. Congratulations on the new home. This couscous looks yummy.

  11. What a beautiful couscous, I could eat it all, no sharing :D
    Congrats so much on a beautiful new home!

    Choc Chip Uru

  12. Congrats on your new place! The couscous looks and sounds awesome. I need to go buy some more so I can make this awesome dish!

  13. I think that is the best way Emma -- necessity inspires creativity!!! Congrats on your lovely terraced place. Looking forward to more pictures!

  14. Dear Emma, Couscous is one my favorites, therefore, I know I would very much enjoy this. Congratulations on your new kitchen! How must be loving the process of redecorating...even though it is a lot of work, it is also fun! It seems like you have everything all planned out. I'm sure it will look beautiful once everything is complete! Blessings my dear, Catherine xo

  15. Oh good for you!! This is great news! I love your diagram with all your plans. I think cupboard raiding is the best sometimes and your creation looks fabulous!

  16. Your drawing rocks Emma!! Congrats on your new place, super exciting x

  17. Congratulations on your new house!! Very exciting. Sometimes the recipes we just throw together are great, and because they didn't take forever to prepare, that makes them all the better! Have fun with your kitchen organising.


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