Wednesday, 10 July 2013

delia smith's roasted vegetable cous cous salad with harrissa and valli little's courgette spaghetti with pesto

After yesterday's love-in, we're back to marital strife today, although luckily it's dinner/lunch-based rather than anything more tragic.

To be honest we can't hate each other too much as we spent most of the day ignoring the sun, sat on the sofa watching back-to-back Tour de France. It's only when food is required that it all goes slightly awry, firstly with a late-ish lunch. It being summer, the fridge is full of courgettes, and I know Ana loves a courgette, so a Valli Little experimental pretend pasta dish of courgette 'spaghetti' is obviously going to be a winner, particularly off the back of last night's experimental winner, also care of Valli's rainbow rhythms healthy meals:

I could not be more wrong, and not even an extra big glass of lunchtime white can offset her disgust. In fact she only has one mouthful before giving it the widest of berths, and she's more annoyed when I nick off to pick Milo up without making her a replacement lunch. Having eaten two bowls, I think she had a small point - certainly you need to make sure you strip the mint properly, otherwise your pesto ends up 'woody' - but otherwise I think this amazing. It's fresh, lemony and filling - perfect for the Yummington. Still, 1-0 to Ana.

By the time it gets to dinner she's clearly wary, and there is some extended low-level bickering about having Delia's roasted vegetable cous cous salad: She's never had it, it won't taste nice, it looks horrible etc

Luckily I know a blog that will not only prove we've had it before, it'll also indicate that Lady Barnes was pleasantly surprised how tasty it was. Luckily it's even better this time around, mainly because I didn't burn the veg, making it feel lighter than previously, and I also swapped the goat's cheese for the infinitely more Ana-friendly feta. It's a total winner, and means we end the evening with an honorable draw, 1-1.

courgette spaghetti with mint and basil pesto - Valli Little, August 2013, Delicious, p110
roasted vegetable cous cous salad with harissa-style dressing - Delia Smith, Delia Smith's Summer Collection, p106

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