Saffron Couscous

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I love this recipe! The crisp green onions with the saffron and nutty pine nuts just makes me smile. Best of all it is super quick to whip up. It goes great with lamb or chicken.

Ingredients:
1 1/2 c chicken stock
2 tsp butter
1 tsp saffron threads
1 c couscous
1 bunch of scallions, chopped
1/4 c pine nuts, toasted

In a small pan, combine butter, stock and saffron. Bring to a boil, add couscous, cover and set aside for 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork, stir in onions and pine nuts.

Serves 4.

Moroccan Stuffed Eggplant

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This dish was inspired by recipe I found in Food and Wine – it turned out amazing. The sweetness of the lamb with the exotics spices made this a winner! It takes a bit of time but it is mostly hands off. I made a saffron couscous to go with it – it was the perfect meal. And I hid the leftover so they are all mine.

Ingredients:
1 lb eggplant, sliced in half and scored with a X on the inside
1 TBSP olive oil
1 TBSP cinnamon
2 tsp cumin
2 tsp sweet paprika
1 onion, chopped
1/2 lb ground lamb
1/4 c pine nuts
1 TBSP tomato paste
1/4 c parsley, chopped
1 TBSP lemon juice
2 TBSP brown sugar
One cinnamon stick

Preheat oven to 425

Arrange eggplant in a baking dish, cut side up. Spray or brush with olive oil and salt and pepper Bake for 20 minutes until browned.

Combine cinnamon, cumin and paprika.

In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat, add onions and 1/2 the spice mixture. Cook until softened. Add lamb and cook until browned, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon. Stir in pine nuts, tomato paste, parsley and salt an pepper. Remove from heat.

Combine 1/2 c water, lemon juice, sugar and remain spice mixture, stir util combined. Pour over eggplant. Spoon lamb mixture over eggplant as cover with foil.

Bake for 50 minutes. Remove cinnamon stick and serve.

Serves 4.

The Liberation Cocktail

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It was one of those days and man oh man do I need a little liberation! Found this cocktail online, but added a bit more Violette liquor, just cos I felt like it. The results – liberation from my hectic day!

Ingredients
2 oz Gin
1 oz Elderflower liqueur, St. Germain
1⁄2 oz Lemon juice
1/4 oz Crème de Violette
1 lemon twist

Instructions:
Combine ingredients in a shaker. Shake and stain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon twist.