- 1 medium aubergine
Although it's technically a fruit (a berry, to be exact), the aubergine is used as a…
- 2 tsp olive oil
Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…
- juice 1 and zest ½ lemon
Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…
- 100g couscous
Consisting of many tiny granules made from steamed and dried durum wheat, couscous has become a…
- 300ml/½ pt boiling vegetable stock
- 85g ready-to-eat dried apricots, roughly chopped
A relative of the peach, nectarine, plum and cherry, apricots are fragrant, with a soft, velvety…
- 4 sundried tomatoes in oil, drained and chopped
A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…
- 3 spring onions, finely sliced
Also known as scallions or green onions, spring onions are in fact very young onions, harvested…
- 25g pine nuts, toasted
- pinch ground cinnamon
A fragrant spice which comes from the inner bark of a tropical tree. When dried, it curls into…
For the dressing
- 4 heaped tbsp Greek-style natural yogurt
Yogurt is made by adding a number of types of harmless bacteria to milk, causing it to ferment.…
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- 1 fat garlic clove, crushed
- small knob ginger, finely chopped
Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…
- small handful coriander, roughly chopped
Heat oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. Leaving the stem on, cut the aubergine in half lengthways and score the flesh deeply with a sharp knife in a criss-cross fashion. Place in a shallow baking dish. Mix the olive oil and lemon juice then brush over the scored surface of the aubergine. Season with freshly ground black pepper and bake uncovered for 25-30 mins, until the flesh is tender.
Meanwhile, put the couscous in a large bowl, pour over the boiling stock and leave to soak for 10 mins until all the stock is absorbed. Fluff up with a fork, then stir the apricots, tomatoes, spring onions and pine nuts into the couscous. Sprinkle with the cinnamon and toss well together.
Remove the aubergine from the oven and scoop out the flesh, taking care to keep the skins intact. Chop the flesh and toss into the couscous mixture. Place the aubergine skins back in the baking dish and spoon the couscous mix into them, piling it up to hold a generous amount in each. Scatter any left over couscous mix around the edge of the dish.
Return to the oven for 10 mins to heat through while you mix all the dressing ingredients together – add a drop of water if the dressing is too thick. To serve, heap the loose couscous mix under the stuffed aubergines so they’re propped up on a slant. Drizzle over dressing and serve with mixed leaf salad.