Monday, 11 October 2010

Nature´s crown jewels

Open this exotic fruit up and you'll find that its seeds are truly the jewels in nature's crown, a fruit fit for kings It can ward off Alzheimers disease. It can prevent breast cancer, and the British Heart foundation endorses cartons of pomegranate juice. This hardy fruit with its thick, red-hued skin, has obtained the accolade of a superfood due to its sky-high levels of antioxidants. But enough of myths and health benefits – lets just eat them because they're versatile, perfect for sweet and savoury dishes, and because they taste good.Serve it with chicken, fish, quail, cheese or as a constituent in numerous desserts.
This weekend Casa Rosada offered Chermoula marinated tuna with jewelled cous cous as a main course option. 

Chermoula marinated tuna with jewelled cous cous
serves 2

2 thick tuna steaks

MARINADE
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon sweet smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 medium red chilli, de-seeded and finely chopped
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
zest and juice of 1 lime
1 tablespoon coriander leaves chopped
1 tablespoon parsley leaves chopped

Mix the marinade ingredients together in a large shallow bowl 
add the tuna and coat the fish with the marinade mix
leave for 30 minutes

heat the griddle pan until it is smoking then quickly cook the tuna steaks
about  1 1/2 minutes each side will ensure they remain pink inside
serve with the jewelled cous cous


JEWELLED COUS COUS
150g cous cous ( 2 person portion )
250 ml marigold bouillon or good quality vegetable stock
1 red onion finely diced
100g pomegranate seeds
50g toasted pistachios coarsely chopped
( 50g dried apricots if you are serving this with meat not fish )
sprigs of flat leaf parsley for garnish
juice of 1 lemon
grated orange and lemon zest
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil


pour the stock over the cous cous and fluff it up with a fork after 10 minutes
mix in all the rest of the ingredients and adjust the seasoning.

1 comment:

  1. Your food always looks delicious.
    Does it really ward off Alzheimers? *Heads off to buy up all local stocks...*

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