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it was when i worked in new York with Daniel Boulud that i discovered how to make candied lemons. later, when Pétrus opened in london, i used the lemons to garnish duck. now i prefer to mix them into the couscous we serve with duck. they really add something special.

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  • Step 1

    First candy the lemon. Mix the sugar with 150 ml cold water in a heavy saucepan and bring to the boil over a medium heat. Add the lemon slices. Reduce the heat so the liquid is barely simmering and cook for 40 minutes to 1 hour until the slices are soft and syrupy.

  • How to cook a couscous salad. Cous Cous With Candied Lemon - Step 2
    Step 2

    Meanwhile, put the couscous in a large bowl and whisk in the stock. Cover tightly with cling film and leave in a warm place for at least 30 minutes, whisking several times. Put the raisins in a small bowl, cover with warm water, and leave to soak.

  • Step 3

    Remove the lemon slices from the syrup. When cool enough
    to handle, chop into small pieces. Drain the raisins and chop roughly.

  • How to cook a couscous salad. Cous Cous With Candied Lemon - Step 4
    Step 4

    Fluff up the couscous, add about one-third of the chopped lemon with the raisins and pistachios, and mix well. Serve at cool room temperature, or warm through in a bowl set over a pan of simmering water for a few minutes. Before serving, stir in the coriander and dressing, then check the seasoning and add more lemon if you like.

  • How to cook a couscous salad. Cous Cous With Candied Lemon - Step 5
    Step 5

    Key to perfection
    Couscous should be light and fluffy, with individual grains that have a nutty texture when you bite into them. there should be no lumps or clumps of couscous stuck together.

    As you pour in the hot stock, whisk constantly to separate the couscous grains. they will then be free to absorb the stock during standing.

    At the end of soaking, the couscous will have increased in volume and the grains will be swollen and plump. Stroke through them with a fork and separate any clumps with your fingers.

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