Chicken CousCous ‘Salad’ – With Video

An easy to make “salad” that you can use nearly any flavored couscous mix to make up. I added a few items in to get the taste I craved. Box sizes vary by brand, as well does water called for – so be sure to read the box carefully before setting off – and mark your bag. Most boxes will be between 4 to 6 ounces and take 1 to 1 1/2 cups water.

Brands to look for include Near East, Casbah and Alfez.

The salad can be eaten hot or cold – if hot use a FBC cozy, if cold, well just add the water, stir and let sit without insulation.

Couscous Salad

In a quart freezer bag:

Also take:


I used the Alfez Brand, the box called for 1½ cups water – bring the water to a near boil and add it to the dry ingredients along with the oil. Stir well, seal the bag and let sit for 10 minutes. Fluff up and top with cheese.

Serves 1-2 depending on appetite. It makes an easy to extend meal if you serve it pita bread halves along with cut up veggies, such as tomato and cucumber and maybe some sliced Swiss cheese. That would serve 2-3.

May also be prepared in a pot, bring water to a boil and in oil and dry ingredients. Follow as above.

New Tent Smell!

Kirk surprised me with a gift today. A Henry Shires Tarptent Double Rainbow!

Wooooo! I am excited! I have wanted one for so very long. The past two years when Ford and I go on trips I have flipped between a AntiGravity Gear tarp tent that didn’t have a zipper (which while a nice tent I just couldn’t get past the tiny chance of bugs getting in) and a heavy nearly 5 lb tent that while comfy was just awful to pack – and was even worse in summer – it has almost no mesh so while warm in winter, you’d cook in summer heat.

So I am hoping that this will provide me with a happy medium of lightness, packabilty and room inside.

Pictures will come when I have time to set it up and most of all, get my first bag night in it!


Food Finds: Cost Plus World Market

It had been a couple months since I had a chance to get to Cost Plus World Market so yesterday Ford and I breezed through. We were rewarded with lots of new items – especially so in their single serving section where they have all the small items. Everything is shelf stable and small to carry. And of course? Tasty!

Brie Flavor Shelf Stable Cheese
Brie Flavor Shelf Stable Cheese

The Brie wedges have a nice flavor. They are firmer than Laughing Cow cheese wedges though they spread nicely. They have a mild flavor that is quite nice for a spreadable cheese.

Up next was a number of small items. From the left to right: Toasted sesame oil in a 1-ounce bottle, Luscious fudge sauce in a 1.4 ounce jar, Mushroom Truffle Hunt seasoning blend in the back, Serpis pimento stuffed olives in a 1.76-ounce pop-top can, Extra virgin olive oil in a 1-ounce plastic bottle and two wedges of Northwoods basil tomato processed cheese that is shelf stable.

The Maltesers are single servings of hot cocoa mix in tubes.