Saturday, December 6

Giving Barbara a Big Hug and a Bowl of Moroccan Carrots and Couscous

Moroccan Carrots and Couscous

Many of you probably know Barbara of the wonderful Winos and Foodies. If so, then you know that for the last two years, she has hosted A Taste of Yellow, a food blogging event featuring yellow foods, to celebrate her survival of cancer and to raise awareness of the Lance Armstrong Foundation.

Sadly Barbara's cancer has returned, and she is currently undergoing another round of chemotherapy. Her dear friends, Bron of Bron Marshall and Ilva of Lucullian Delights, have organized a secret blog event in Barbara's honor so that we might all give her a "big virtual hug," and post some recipes that she might find enjoyable right now.

Barbara has been craving fresh Asian and Moroccan flavors, so I created this Moroccan Carrots and Couscous dish for her. Carrots are powerhouses of beta carotene, an antioxidant that may lower your risk of cancer, as well as lutein, which promotes ocular health. The dish also contains ginger, mint, and fennel seeds, all proven to help alleviate nausea.

Since I created this dish with Barbara in mind, I avoided sweet flavors and kept things salty and savory. However, if you'd like, you could toss in some golden raisins or drizzle the servings with some honey.


After it rained the other morning, a glorious rainbow briefly filled the sky. A symbol of peace, hope, and safe travels, a rainbow seems just right to send Barbara's way.

Moroccan Carrots and Couscous
Makes 2 main or 4 side servings
Print recipe only here.

1 pound carrots, trimmed, peeled, and sliced on the diagonal
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
salt, to taste

1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon lemon zest (about half a small lemon)
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger

1/2 cup dry couscous
1 cup water
1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
2 tablespoons pine nuts
a generous sprinkling of salt
6-8 large mint leaves, thinly sliced

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Place sliced carrots in a large bowl. In a small bowl, whisk 2 teaspoons olive oil, cayenne pepper, and salt; pour over carrots and toss until coated. Place carrots in a single layer on a baking sheet. Cook uncovered for 15-20 minutes, or until carrots are tender yet crisp and have a few brown spots.

In a small bowl, whisk lemon juice, lemon zest, olive oil, and ginger; set aside.

In a small dry skillet over medium, toast fennel seeds and pine nuts for 1-2 minutes, or until lightly golden and aromatic; set aside.

Place couscous and water in a microwavable bowl; cook on high for 1 minute. Rest on counter top for 5 minutes, then fluff with a fork. Stir in toasted fennel seeds and pine nuts, and season with salt. Stir in mint.

Place couscous in a serving bowl, top with roasted carrots, and drizzle with the lemon-olive oil dressing. Season to taste with salt, and garnish with additional mint, if desired.

Moroccan Carrots and Couscous

You might also like these cancer-fighting dishes:

Winter Jewel Fruit Salad

Wild Arugula and Blood Orange Salad with Prosciutto

Mediterranean Wheatberry Salad with Lentils and Chickpeas


Anonymous said...

I'm sorry to hear her cancer returned. Insert hug here. The rainbow looks pretty.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

How thoughtful, pretty and scrumptious looking!



Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

A rainbow and this mouthwatering dish seem perfect send Barbara's way. The hug is growing to epic proportions!!

Deeba PAB said...

A beautiful post for brave Barbara...& with a delicious dish Susan. The rainbow fits in just perfectly too!!

Manggy said...

Beautiful dish, beautiful shot, and beautiful message, Susan-- I'm sure Barbara is feeling the love right now. (My heart sank when I'd heard a while ago that the cancer had returned-- I think it was from the Hey Hey It's Donna Day blog event. But I'm sure she feels lucky to have friends like you.)

Mishmash ! said...

The pic and shot has 'ethnicity' written all over....a beautiful one for a great cause....!

Michelle said...

A very thoughtful dish.

Ilva said...

Thanks Susan for participating! Lovely dish!

Anonymous said...

Oh, sad news, but a spritely offering. Cous cous, fennel, pine nuts? Mmmmmmmm!

Rita said...

That's a very nuce and heathy dish. Lovely message, and loved the rainbow.

Snooky doodle said...

this looks nice :) i love morrocan food

Barbara said...

Susan please come and live with me:) This is perfect. Bryan cooked couscous one night for me and it was not as beautiful as this. It is a fine line between spicy and savoury I am able to enjoy and your couscous looks to be perfectly balanced. Thank you .

Emily said...

I hope Barbara gets better soon.

This dish looks so flavorful and healthy. I'm sure she would love to eat this.

Bron said...

Thank you for joining our hugs with such an inspired, tasty and colourful dish Susan. It looks fantastic! Thanks again

Helene said...

Lovely! I can taste the "feel good" thoughts in this dish!

Johanna GGG said...

I am sorry to hear barbara's new - hope this colourful dish and a rainbow will cheer her up

Peter G | Souvlaki For The Soul said...

Sorry to hear this news. Your carrot salad is definitely a winner and it's a lovely contribution Susan.

Half Baked said...

Perfect! I can feel the *hugs* that go with this beautiful dish!

Lori Lynn said...

Godspeed, Barbara.
Lovely dish and rainbow photo, Susan.

Heather said...

what a thoughtful post (and dish - it looks delicious!) i love couscous

Kalyn Denny said...

A lovely dish for a very lovely person indeed!

The Italian Dish said...

Those carrots jump right off the page. This looks delicious. A big hug out to Barbara.

Anonymous said...

Tasty creation for Barbara and wonderful photo.


Cakelaw said...

I'm sure that Barbara will love this dish - and the rainbow!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

cory-I was sorry to hear about it too.

rosa-Thank you!

val-That's wonderful!

deeba-I hope so. Thanks.

mark-I hope the virtual hugs will lift her spirits.

shn-I really appreciate that.

michelle-Thank you.

ilva-My pleasure.

louise-Thank you.


barbara-I'm so happy to hear that, Barbara. You are in my thoughts, my dear.

emily-Me too.

bron-I was honored to be included.

helen-That's wonderful. Thanks.

johanna-I do too.

peter-Thank you.

halfbaked-She's getting a lot of them.

lorilynn-Thank you.

heather-I'm glad you like it.

kalyn-Many thanks.

marie-Thank you so much.

paz-Thank you.

cakelaw-I hope it makes her smile.

Anonymous said...

A beautiful and thoughtfully constructed dish. Here's hoping that Barbara's health returns. I know good thoughts and virtual hugs like this are powerful medicine.

Unknown said...

You know what I have been imagining from this secret blog event? It's just like we are forming a big circle, holding hands, giving our positive energy to Barbara, while she's sitting in the middle, receiving this energy hoping it will bring her back to normal life. That rainbow is a good sign, indeed!

We Are Not Martha said...

Wow, what a beautiful rainbow photo! And the carrots and rice sound so healthy and delicious.


ChichaJo said...

This is a wonderful dish I can imagine Barbara enjoying! I would enjoy it too! :) Great hug Susan!

Jen Yu said...

A gorgeous dish! I can't imagine anyone seeing it and not smiling. What a terrific hug you sent to Barbara.

Susan from Food Blogga said...

julie-Thank you for the thoughtful comment.

arfi-That is a beautiful image.

wanm-Rainbows are just so lovely.

joey-Thank you so much.

jenyu-That is awfully kind of you to say.

Andrea Meyers said...

This looks very tasty, something I would enjoy very much. The rainbow is beautiful and a fitting photo, too. Lovely post.

Suzana said...

Susan, I love the colours in this love dish! Beautiful hug, and beautiful rainbow. :)