Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Stuffed mushrooms with spiced couscous

Couscous brought me back in time on how I got to know my ex-neighbor, Fernand and his family and how we became best of pals.  About a week after they moved into the house on our right, my Quaylo taught me to bake some chocolate chips cookies, had them wrapped up in a nice package and included a hand written welcome note to give to them. I recalled I was rather reluctant to carry out my Quay Lo's request.  Doing something like this was unheard of to me.  It is just not in my upbringing to welcome our new neighbor this way or any way.  Since it is an American culture, and I am married to one, I did it for him. I remember as I was walking to Fernand’s house, I was very uncomfortable, I think "MALU"(shy) is the word. I was afraid that they might not open their door to a stranger or they might think that I am crazy to bring them cookies. I thought of not doing it but did it anyway. Fernand and his family greeted me with all smiles on their face and from their expression, they were very surprised but happy to see me. On the hindsight, I am glad I did not "chickened out" otherwise I would have missed the opportunity to meet two wonderful friends and not know about this absolutely delicious dish called Couscous.  The first time we were invited to Fernand’s house for dinner, he served us home cooked couscous in seafood and chicken soup. I was surprised that a French man could cook Middle Eastern dish so well.  It was divine! 

What I am going to share with you today is not Fernand’s couscous recipe but a recipe that I found in a cookbook “Great taste 30 minutes meals”.  So if you want a meal that can be ready in 30 minutes, don't search further, try this.

8 portabella mushrooms
½ cup instant couscous
1 tbs extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp ground cinnamon
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
2 tsp finely grated lemon zest
½ cup chicken stock
1 tomato, finely chopped
1 tbs lemon juice
2 tbs chopped parsley
2 tbs chopped fresh mint
½ tsp salt
½ tsp black ground pepper

Peel mushrooms and remove stalks, then grill them top-side up.  Meanwhile, place couscous, olive oil, cumin, cayenne, pepper and lemon zest in a bowl.  Season. Then stir flavorings through the couscous.  Bring the chicken stock to boil and stir it into the couscous.  Cover and leave for 5 mins, then fluff the grains with a fork.  Stir in the tomato, lemon juice, parsley and mind.  Fill each mushroom cap with some of couscous mixture and pack down firmly.  Grill until couscous is golden brown.  Serve hot or cold.


  1. This looks delicious and I'm so ready for lighter meals. Thanks for sharing.


  2. whoah looks super duper delicious!!! that's a good way to cook couscous! =)

  3. I heard about couscous and yours looks simply delicious!!

  4. No doubt about it I will be trying this recipe. Diane

  5. ooo i am a fan of couscous too and I agree that it is such a light and healthy meal. It's so nice to welcome new neighbours like this. I used to do it but not as often anymore...

    ps-what a coincidence that i posted on couscous too but it's the larger type.

  6. Isn't it funny the way you first meet certain people? I can tell by reading your posts that you are a very compromising person, and I'm sure so is your Quay Lo. Hi Quay Lo! I know you're reading. Teehee. Anyways, it's no wonder you guys have such a wonderful marriage. Mire power to the both of you. I hope one day I will be lucky enough to meet you both. Until then, just have to stalk you. Haha.
    This seems like a very easy and delicious dish. I love your presentation and the lovely colours you've mixed in with the couscous. We don't eat couscous, but I have tried it before at a party. I'd love to try making this for my Mom to try some day. Thank you again for another wonderful recipe, Quay Po.

  7. What a great way to be introduced to a food - and a great meal!

  8. Couscous stuffing for mushroom...that is something new to me. I am not a big fan of couscous but yours come out looking so delicious that I may just want to give it a try. I usually use butter crackers for the stuffing which is a lot heavier than couscous. Good Job!

  9. The thing that I love about couscous is that is literally takes 5 minutes to make! I use Rachel Ray's trick to boil water in a kettle and then pour the water over the couscous in a bowl and cover it. 5 minutes later its fluffy and perfect.

    Love this recipe! It looks delicious.

  10. This look delicious, I love cous cous! gloria

  11. Woww simply inviting stuffed mushrooms,absolutely delicious..

  12. I really enjoyed reading your story about meeting your neighbor and bringing them chocolate chip cookies.
    Also the couscous sounds like a delicious idea stuffing the portabello mushrooms with it!
    So light, and perfect for a hot summer meal!

  13. What a great idea to eat couscous! I love stuffed mushrooms but never tried couscous. Thanks for sharing such a great idea!!

  14. a very good recipe. I must try this. Thanks :D

  15. Hi, Wow! Love your creation. Outstanding!
    Looks like there might be a small problem eating your this lovely dish.
    One mouthful, and you'll have to standby another plate, ha ha.
    Looks delicious!
    Have fun and keep a song in your heart.

  16. I really loved your story today and these mushrooms sound delicious. Have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

  17. yes, at times when we talk abt certain food or even songs, it brings back memories of someone. I would be very happy if i'm moving into a new neighbourhood and someone welcomes me in any manner. I remember there was one CNY that i baked around 6-7 cakes to all my neighbours..right and left, front and back. besides wanting to be a friendly neighbour, i just felt nice doing that. Your couscous looks splendid, i also have a pack at home now..sometimes i just eat them with soup only. Ok, ok..30minutes meal, come to quay po cooks's blog!

  18. I love mushrooms and this recipe sounds delicious!

  19. Bonnie: After days of heavy meals, this is truly the best.

    Tanna, yummychunklet, Reese, Gloria, Priya, Pat: thanks and wishing you all a wonderful weel:D

    Coraine: I think so too.

    yummylittlecooks: you ought to give it a try.

    Diane: You will love it.

    daphne: I saw you coucous recipe and now you get me curious about the larger couscous.

    LeQuan: ya, ya, one day, I hope soon:D I am not sure if my Quay Lo is reading your comments or my posts lately, he is SOOO busy with work.

    Belinda: I have never regretted overcoming my fear of rejection and went ahead to deliver the cookies and the welcome note.

    Elisabeth: So good to see you here again:D

    Nami: you are most welcome.

    Small Kucing: ya, try and let me know what you think.

    Uncle Lee: aiyoh, this suppose to be light meal lah, no another plate okay? hehe... Yes, I will remember to keep a song in my heart always.

    Mary: thanks and you too have a wonderful week ahead of you.

    lena: Wah!! 6 to 7 cakes??? I want to be your neighbor, I don't care if I am left, right, back or center, I still cake your delicious cake:P Can choose what cake I want or not? hehe

    Ameena: Thanks for dropping by. I like the trick you learnt, will apply it next time.

  20. What a fabulous recipe - great idea combining mushrooms and cousous.
    :-) Mandy

  21. Mandy: I am glad you like this combination.


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