Sun blushed tomato, feta, herb and giant couscous salad jars

Give this dish a few hours between making it and eating it. The more time those bouncy grains of couscous have to soak up the lemony, garlicky dressing, the more delicious this salad becomes – making it the perfect picnic salad. You can choose which grains, beans and pulses you prefer, and if ever I have some leftover chicken, that’s worth shredding in too. Number 1 tip? Make sure you have some good quality sun-blushed tomatoes – they’re sweeter with a softer texture than sun-dried. Continue…

Spice up your picnic with a spiced mango chutney

“And my chutneys and kasaundies are, after all, connected to my nocturnal scribblings — by day amongst the pickle-vats, by night within these sheets, I spend my time at the great work of preserving. Memory, as well as fruit, is being saved from the corruption of the clocks.” — Saleem Sinai in Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie

Writing the past and pickling fruits may well be acts of preservation, but once the finished product makes its appearance on a piece of paper or in a Kilner jar, it can be all too easily misplaced, lost, or forgotten.

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