It is a rainy, overcast day in August here in Upstate NY.
Runner Girl is back to school
The temperatures have dropped below seasonable temperatures.
And frankly, I am a little confused about what season it is right now.
Back to school always meant the beginning of fall around here (i.e. the Thursday after Labor Day) - now that back to school happens in mid-August, I have to keep reminding myself that summer has yet to run its course.
I don't have to put away the deck furniture.
The shovels and snow blower can stay put away for a few more months.
The lawn still needs to be mowed and the mulch beds still need weeding (and probably will all the way until they are covered with snow).
This week's French Fridays with Dorie recipe helps remind us that summer is still around us.
Couscous (I departed from the recipe and use Israeli couscous), simmered in broth and spices is brought to life with some of summer's bounty - carrots, peppers, cucumbers and herbs are joined by chickpeas and raisins (in another departure, I used goldenberries instead of raisins). The end result is a visually stimulating salad, that is sure to please the summer loving palette.
In the spirit of disclosure, I did go a little off recipe. Aside from the couscous and goldenberries change out, I nixed the cumin (because no one in my house would touch it if I used it) and left out the snap peas (couldn't find them).
This dish seemed to be a fitting side to yogurt marinated grilled chicken and tomato & mozzarella salad.
While I don't see myself duplicating this salad in its entirety in the future, I did enjoy many of the components together and can see variations of it happening. (I am envisioning a version with roasted root vegetables).
Hopefully, everyone is figuring out how to stretch their enjoyment of those last days of summer (unless you are in the Southern Hemisphere and are anxiously awaiting the change of seasons).
This post participates in French Fridays with Dorie. Dorie's recipe for couscous salad (plus a bonus lemon chicken recipe) can be found here on Epicuious.com.