… we all have our favourite pot and pans don’t we… some of them are truly glorious, gleaming gems of cast iron or ceramic that gleam and sparkle and perhaps remain on show on our stove tops or shelves whilst others are a little shameful in their grubby appearance, never to be shown to guests or disapproving mother-in-laws but it’s likely that these much-loved items produce the best results and that’s why we keep them… we know the wonderful way they cook… they way they hold the heat just right and the way they deliver the goods… I have an old set of pans that my brother gave me some years back when he purchased a new-fangled ceramic hob that meant he couldn’t use them any more… they are very heavy and very very good quality and I adore them for their effortless ease of use and their versatility. They are in constant use and I worry for the day that they die on me…
… so it’s nice that there are a few producers out there still crafting beautiful pots that look and feel as though they would last a lifetime and when the good people at ProCook offered me a casserole dish to review and giveaway I jumped at the chance to add a future classic to my collection… and it’s a very sturdy pot indeed… the pot itself is a black, cast iron, shallow casserole dish with a lid, 28cm wide and holds 3.5l of liquid and enamelled inside and out… it’s ideal for a multitude of uses such as stews, stocks, casseroles and soups… it’s a hefty beast and feels like it will last a lifetime… I used to it to cook this garlic mushroom couscous and found it incredibly efficient to use and a great size for feeding my hungry dinner guests…
organic garlic mushroom and toasted walnut couscous salad
continuing with my job as an organic food mule I give to you this delightful little dish of sauted garlic mushrooms and couscous… it’s an incredibly easy dish to pull together yet it’s packed with wonderful textures and flavours – I found some stunning and very large loose walnut halves in our local shop the other day plus there’s also a stack of coriander in there which works so beautifully with the mushrooms… i’m calling this dish a salad as I cooked it in the evening but eating it cold from the fridge for lunch. It seems to be even tastier the next day and it’s so much nicer to bring into work than regular sandwiches or even those really expensive couscous salads from the supermarkets… I also love this dish as it’s just one fabulous pan…
a large handful of walnut halves
1 large onion – finely chopped
3 garlic cloves – peeled and crushed
1 punnet of mushrooms – thickly sliced
1 small glass of wine
300ml vegetable stock
a large handful of torn fresh coriander leaves
gently heat the pan dry and throw in your walnut halves to toast for about 7-8 mins… watch them though as you don’t want them to burn… once they’re done tip them out and set them aside
add some butter and olive oil to the pan and gently saute the onions and garlic till they start to turn golden, then add the mushrooms, spread them out and just leave them for about 8 minutes, untouched until they begin to squeak… then add plenty of pepper, some salt, turn up the heat and let the mushrooms really simmer and cook… there will be a lot of liquid at first but this should soon begin to evaporate
after about 6 or 7 minutes throw in the walnuts and the wine and let that bubble away for a minute or two before add the couscous and the coriander, then the stock
turn off the heat, stir it all around and place the lid on and leave it for about 15 minutes for the couscous to soak up all those glorious juices… you can serve it immediately or leave it for later, just fork it through before serving.
the lovely ProCook folk have very kindly given me one of these dishes to give away to one lucky reader… all you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is complete the raflecopter entry thingy below… unfortunately this giveaway has to be for UK residents only but any international readers should feel free to enter and nominate a friend or family member in the UK…good luck!
eat and of course, enjoy!