Home Alone and Beetroot and Spinach Couscous Salad



I'm not home alone very often. Luckily. I must confess, I'm pretty fearful when I have to stay alone overnight in our apartment. It might make a good thriller movie script If I told you what is usually going on in my head, when I'm home alone overnight. I can never watch scary movies because I would not be able to go to a bathroom after dark. I have a pretty good and colourful imagination if we speak about fear. I know all these thoughts are nonsense but I can't help it.


A positive side of being home alone is the food I cook just for myself. What do you cook when home alone? I like such days. I usually make something I know P. would not like. Though he would obviously eat it, a phrases like "It was not bad, but you don't have to make it again" or "We have already had better food", would follow. I'm very lucky actually, because P. eats everything and almost never complains, and if he does, he is very diplomatic. This personal characteristic is more than convenient for my cooking experiments. I'm just a passionate amateur and still a beginner cook. So it comes as no surprise that some of my experiments are not really successful.


However, that was not a case of this couscous salad. I'm not saying P. would love it. But that is the point. I was cooking only for myself. And I loved it! I had been having beetroot in the fridge for a week and I was looking for a good use of it. I also had many blood oranges from the market and leftover spinach from spinach and salmon pasta we had for dinner the day before. And I always have some nuts in my cupboard. Putting all these ingredients together made a wonderful salad for my lunch. And goat cheese complements the sweet and fruity flavours in this salad. I think you won't be disappointed.


The amount of ingredients in this recipe make salad for one person. You can easily double or triple the recipe, if you need. But I think I will make such recipes a regular part of the blog. I find it quite difficult to cook only for one person, and this time I made just enough without having any leftovers!

I leave you now with these beautiful tulips I got from P. last week. Bon appetit.



Beetroot and spinach couscous salad
Serves 1

zest and juice of 1 blood orange
70g couscous
15 g walnuts
1 handful of fresh baby spinach leaves
2 small cooked beetroots, cut into small pieces
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp lemon juice
salt and freshly ground pepper
50g fresh goat cheese

1. In a small saucepan, combine the orange zest, juice and 50ml cold water and bring to the boil. Pour the mixture over the couscous, stir well, cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Fluff couscous with fork to separate grains.

2. In a medium bowl, mix couscous, walnuts, beetroot and spinach leaves. For the dressing, whisk the olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper and pour over salad. Top with crumbled goat cheese.

35 comments :

  1. Your photos are just incredible. They get better with every single post. And, the meal looks delicious...love couscous. When you're alone. it's a good time to use social media. Keeps the creepy thoughts away!

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  2. I am exactly like you Sarka! I am always fearful when my hubby leaves for work (which is quite often!). And I agree with you as well about sometimes its great to cook for just yourself! Next time I am home alone I will make this beautiful salad! Oh and I love the tulips - they are also my favourite flower.

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  3. Your photos are beautiful, thank you for the recipe it looks delicious, my favorite ingredients.

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  4. Hi Sari. This looks delicious! I am exactly the same - completely terrified when I am on my own in our flat. Unlikely you however I find I don't cook for myself. Next time my hubby is away I'm going to give this recipe a go and try to keep my mind off all the scary things (that don't actually exist)!.

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  5. Sari!
    You are not alone with your fears when you are at home alone! :) I'm the same!!! I can't watch a thriller because after that I'd be scared to go to the bathroom alone!!! :)
    Great post, amazing photos!!!
    Zita

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  6. Sari! I'm very often alone at home and I exactly understand what you mean. I live in a big and old house, and it's sometimes noisy during the night! But when I'm alone, I cook for myself (exactly what I like) I blog and I do like you a lot of photos... yours are beautiful!

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  7. I love couscous salad and love the addition of beets and goat cheese. My favorite combination! I'm exactly the same can't watch scary movies for the life of me. They render me manic and insane!

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  8. Thank you ladies for your lovely comments! it's a nice feeling knowing I'm not the only with my irrational fear. Maybe it's a female thing... :)

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  9. I love your blog. Stumbled upon it from 'Tastespotting'. You can't possibly be an 'amateur' given the bold, creative yet refined couscous salad result! Your photographs are stunning and your confidence level in the kitchen is stratospherically impressive! You can't reeeally be a beginner cook are ya? ;) I'm a fan. Post more please!

    And yes, I live alone too and I can sooo relate. Imagine my panic when that horror movie came out late last year on that couple in a house... Forgot the title...

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  10. I can relate to what your uneasiness to stay at home by your self. A bowl of favorite salad might just help a little.

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  11. This looks delicious! I know how you feel, about the being alone. As a child the uneasy feeling was always present.

    I don't know if this is because I live in a safe town or what, but I don't feel this way so much anymore.

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  12. Beets are one of my favorite vegetables-so wonderful they are. This salad looks wonderful.
    I live in a really dangerous neighborhood by the way, and I'm always so freaked when I have to sleep in my apartment alone. I know I'd probably scare anyone who tried to trespass out of their wits, but I always underestimate my fierceness. So still scared...

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  13. I agree, maybe it's the beautiful photographs, but you *certainly* don't look like a beginner cook :)

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  14. Gorgeous food styling and photography as always Sari! Love your use of the brown wood background too! And I am like you, whenever B is away, I always cook things he normally doesn't like, and it's usually something with coucous too, like a tagine or lamb =) x

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  15. I like your salad, because orange is my favorite material for everything...

    Adorable fotos!

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  16. I love beets! They're my new favorite ingredient. Now getting my husband to like them...that's a different story!

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  17. I love being home alone but must confess I get a bit lazy where cooking is concerned. Far better to eat a salad like this!

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  18. really pretty photos and a lovely home alone meal. x shayma

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  19. Mmm, looks like a wonderful lunch salad. And blood orange, beets and goat cheese sounds like a great combination.

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  20. It sounds like Tom and P are sort of the same when it comes to our cooking..lol.. He makes exactly the same comments when something is not entirely up to his standards.. :)) I love being alone from time to time, but I too have a very vivid imagination and it has happened that I woke up in the middle of the night when Tom wasn't there and imagined all kinds of horrible scenarios. Ofcourse not being able to sleep after that... O well, it doesn't happen very often and I like to cook for myself since I can then indulge on cheesy goodness!
    This looks like a lovely spring salad! Gorgeous shots as usual!

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  21. That salad is splendid! So healthy, delicious and colorful!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  22. oh what a great salad and good for you eating right when alone

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  23. Wow great photos. I like the combo of beets, orange and goat cheese, in a salad, but I love how you've turned it into a main course by adding cous cous.

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  24. I love it....and the photos are GREAT. I know what you mean about being homealone :-0. Have a superb Easter

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  25. I just stumbled upon your blog from tastespotting - I love your pictures and your recipes - especially this salad!

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  26. Love your salad! and your beautiful photography!

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  27. Love the sound of this salad (goat cheese is so good) and the 2nd photo of the oranges has really captivated me as well. I was afraid of the dark and being alone at night until almost high school, but oddly enough I discovered a high tolerance for scary movies in college and have no issue with it now.

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  28. Thank you everyone for your lovely comments. They mean so much to me! I'm really glad you like my photos, and I can assure you that I'm still just a beginner cook, but I love cooking and baking and I think when you do things with love, it shows! :) Hope you all had a great Easter.

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  29. I am so glad I discovered your blog! I love your recipes and your photos are gorgeous :)

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  30. Wow...that's a fabulous salad! You really treated yourself well being home alone. Well done! It looks colourful, healthy and delicious. I like it. I love the tulips. It brings such a cheer and reminding me of the coming warmer days :D Beautiful pictures, Sari.

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  31. So true - when Nick is away, I find myself cooking all the stuff that he would be less than enthusiastic about! And yes, I also have an over-active imagination when I am home alone - every creak turns into a stalking serial killer :) This salad looks fantastic, btw.

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  32. I stumbled across your blog last night and picked up the ingredients to make this salad today...it turned out delicious! Can't wait to eat the leftovers tomorrow :)

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  33. @Anonymous - How sweet of you to let me know. I'm so happy to hear it! This is what helps keep me motivated!

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  34. Absolutely love your photography and blog - very inspiring!!
    Look forward to following you and happy to have come across your site!

    Sunny :)

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    1. Thank you for your nice comment Sunny. I'm going to explore your blog and try some Norwegian recipe! ;)

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