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Can we use couscous in desserts?

Yes, steam the couscous over boiling water, then top with a generous pat of butter, a few raisins and sprinkle sugar over to taste. Stir in some milk if you like. Alternatively, flavor the cooked couscous with the juice of an orange, chopped dates, and nuts such as pistachios.

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What is couscous?

Couscous is a pasta made from grains of semolina given a coating of extra fine flour so that they absorb moisture more easily, but it looks like a grain. Couscous was invented in North Africa, where it is steamed over a stew, allowing the grains to swell and soften as they absorb the steam and the flavor of the stew.

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Often when we use cornflour, it makes our sauces lumpy. What can we do?

When used properly, cornflour is an excellent thickener. Place the required amount of conrflour in a small bowl and stir in a little cold water (1-2 tablespoons) until it is completely blended. Add a little of the hot sauce to the cornflour mixture, blend well and then whisk this back into your main sauce, which should be just below boiling point. Stir the sauce continually until it reaches a steady simmer, then cook it gently for 2 minutes and serve.

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