Orange and Mint Couscous Salad | At Down Under | Viviane Perenyi

I know, it’s been a while… I hope you are fine and enjoy the best your season has to offer…

Right now for us here, there are plenty of citrus. All shape and size. From mandarin, tangelo, grapefruit to orange, the choice is wide. Aromatic zest, bright cheerful colour and a taste ranging from sweet to sour.

Naturally, they end up on our plate.
Blood orange and navel with a vanilla syrup make a fresh and simple dessert to finish a meal.
And I’ve made a couple of times a couscous salad, with orange wedges, mint and finely sliced red onion, drizzled with a lemon vinaigrette. Quick and good, this dish is like an invitation to sunny days…

 Orange Salad and Vanilla Syrup | At Down Under | Viviane Perenyi
Kumquat | At Down Under | Viviane Perenyi

I also spotted a bag of kumquat at the farmers market last week.
First attempt at making candied kumquat that turned out more like a compote… Lesson learnt, I will follow a proper recipe next time. The taste was good though and reminiscent of a bitter orange marmalade, which I like.
The failed fruit candy did not deter me from making a batch of mini crêpes. I thought the taste and size would match well. And they did.

Still food related, I was pleased to be interviewed by SBS Food recently. You can read all about it here.

And as you can see, the season called for a little spring cleaning on the blog…

Kumquat and Mini Crepes | At Down Under | Viviane Perenyi

Orange and Mint Couscous Salad | At Down Under | Viviane Perenyi

Orange and Mint couscous Salad (Serves 2)

1 cup of couscous
1 pinch of salt
1 tsp of olive oil
2 oranges, peeled and cut into in wedges
1 bunch of mint leaves, rinsed
1/4 red onion, finely sliced

4 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp lemon juice
salt, pepper

Place couscous in a large bowl. In a glass mix together salt and olive oil and add 1 cup of boiling water. Then pour it on the couscous and cover with a plate or a lid. Let it rest for 3 to 4 minutes until all the water was absorbed. Prepare the dressing by mixing all the ingredients in a little bowl. With a fork mix couscous and allow to cool for a couple of minutes before adding orange, mint and red onion. Add dressing just before serving and adjust seasoning to your liking.