Mmm… Food


Vacation Cooking does it again!!!
March 11, 2009, 1:27 pm
Filed under: Cooking

Our second nite in Wisconsin treated us to Cornish Hens stuffed with couscous, almonds and dried apricots, with a side of steamed broccoli in olive oil and orange zest!  Soooooo cute!!! and super tasty.  Double bonus tokens all around.

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The Cornish Hens were a discovery from a Food and Wine Herbs and Spices cookbookI picked up at a garage sale this summer.  It’s kind of fascinating in it’s organization.  There are of course different ways of organizing cookbooks.  Some seem to follow a meal progression with appetizers up front, main dishes, sides, desserts, drinks.   Others follow the seasons from Summer to Fall into Winter and Spring pairing fresh ingredients from each time period with recipes to enjoy.  But this cookbook listed recipes by main spice or herb.  The cornish hens were from the Cinnamon section.  The couscous was flavored with cinnamon and cooked ahead of time before being stuffed inside the hen for roasting.  The moisture made the hen super juicy and tasty.  I guess that couscous with apricots and a cinnamon flavour is a traditional North African food stuff.  However my guess is putting it inside the poultry may not be so common??  I don’t really know though.  My knowledge of life in North Africa is limited at best.  Non-existent may be a better sum up.  But anywhoozle, this was a tasty treat, although as April said, Cornish Hens are super cute with an individual one for each guest, but a chicken would work just as well and would cost a whole lot less!!!  Ah well, vacation is for experimenting and doing things you might not normally do.  Well at least my version of vacation is, and April went with it this time 🙂

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