Chet Baker was keeping me company in the kitchen as I threw together a quick dinner. It seemed to work out perfectly as I was pairing a unique voice in the music with a unique ingredient to add to my cous cous.. pomegranate seeds! If you have not tried them, please do. They are perfect in the winter time, and add little pops of sweetness to any savory or sweet dish.
What you need:
1 cup Israeli cous cous
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2-3 cups kale chopped
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
salt and pepper to taste
This one’s so simple. Ready in a matter of minutes. So press PLAY on the song below and go get started!
Cook cous cous according to directions with chicken stock. Meanwhile, in a pan heat oil over medium. Cook kale for 4-5 minutes or until it reaches desired tenderness. Add 1 tbsp of water at a time if pan becomes too dry. Once cous cous is done, stir it into kale, and add pomegranate seeds. Season to taste.
You can improvise:
Try adding a different fruit to your Cous Cous. (It could even be dried!)
Add different vegetables! (Mushrooms are lovely)
Experiment with different fresh herbs (rosemary and thyme work great!)
Don’t waste your leftover rice! It’s just as valuable as those alternate takes the cats recorded in the 50’s and 60’s! Is it just me, or were there lots of alternate takes on those recordings? Like, all those Freddie Hubbard, Miles Davis, Horace Silver, Cannonball albums?
*Jazz Lingo: For those non musicians out there (an alternate take is when musicians decide to put two different versions of the same song on one recording)
The point is, is don’t let the rice or the alternate takes go to waste! Don’t skip over them. The alternate take can be just as good as the other version of the tune, if not better!!
Like this one for instance..
♫ Freddie Hubbard “You’re My Everything- Alt. Take”
With my extra brown rice from the Thai place, I made a stir fry with all the leftover veggies I had in my refrigerator. I started with 2 tbsp oliveoil in a pan over med heat. I added 2 cloves minced garlic, 1 tbsp grated ginger, 1 red chili (thin slices- deseeded if you don’t like it too hot) But hey, I like it hot. Sidenote: Be careful what you do with your fingers after touching the chili. Don’t touch your nose.. err.. like I just did. It burrnnnns! Ok back to the cooking:
Cook for 2-3 minutes. Tear a handful of kale in the mix. Add a little water if too dry. Cook for a minute. Add rice. Make a well with the rice. Scramble 1 egg in the middle of the pan. Toss with rest of mix. Add soy sauce. Season to taste. Finish with fresh chopped spring onion.
Voila! Super fast meal in five minutes, and you didn’t waste a thing!
The beautiful thing about green smoothies is you’ll get a full serving of veggies without tasting them! The key to doing this is adding a sweet frozen fruit. This one’s one of my favorites. It’s packed with so many vitamins, the perfect thing to kick your metabolism in high gear, and gives you a ton of energy to start off your day. On this morning’s listening list is also one of my favorite, most fun and energetic musicians, Cannonball Adderley.
What you need:
3 cups loosely packed kale
1 green apple
3/4 cup frozen pineapple
3/4 cup coconut water
1 tbsp flaxseeds
1inch x 1inch fresh ginger
What kind of music do you like to start your day off to?