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Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Ainsley Harriott creates the perfect BBQ #AinsleyBBQ

Ainsley Harriott creates the perfect BBQ

Ainsley himself helped prepare some fantastic hampers, filled with everything you could need to create the perfect BBQ – two quick and easy recipes and all the ingredients, along with lots of Ainsley Harriott Cous Cous! I was lucky enough to be sent one of these hampers a few weeks back  and "Oh My" were they wonderful. I received a gorgeous picnic style hamper basket filled with everything I needed to enjoy a BBQ treat with my family.

I'd never tried Cous Cous before so I was very excited to get stuck in. My Mum and I decided to make the Fragrant Beef Koftas with Raita recipe which looked delicious! 


1 x 100g sachet of Ainsley Harriott Moroccan Medley Cous Cous

350g (12oz) lean minced beef

4 spring onions (finely chopped)

10ml (2 tsp) garam masala

½ tsp ground cumin

120ml (8 tbsp) thick Greek yoghurt

5cm (2in) piece of cucumber (grated and with excess water squeezed out)

1 ripe tomato (finely chopped)

1 garlic clove (crushed)

salt and freshly ground black pepper


STEP 1 -  Soak the bamboo skewers in water for 20 minutes.

STEP 2 -  Mix together the minced beef, spring onions, garam masala, cumin and 30ml (2 tbsp) of the Greek yoghurt. Season to taste.

STEP 3 -  Roll into 6 pieces, each about 7.5cm/3 inches long. Push each one on to a 15cm/6inch bamboo skewer which have been soaked in water.

STEP 4 -  Meanwhile, make the Ainsley Harriott Moroccan Medley Cous Cous according to the instructions on the sachet and keep warm.

STEP 5 -  To make the raita, mix the remaining Greek yoghurt in a bowl with the cucumber, tomato, garlic and seasoning.

STEP 6 -  Pre-heat the grill to its hottest setting. Cook the beef koftas for 10-12 minutes on the grill rack, turning occasionally until nicely browned and cooked through.

STEP 7 -  Divide the Ainsley Harriott Moroccan Medley Cous Cous between two plates and arrange the beef koftas on top. Drizzle over the raita before serving.

OMG was it amazing! I LOVE Cous Cous, it's so light and fluffy and full of delicious flavours. The taste sensations were delightful, I just couldn't get enough! The  Moroccan Medley Cous Cous tasted so much better than I had dreamed it ever would. I now can't wait to work my way through the rest of the Cous Cous range. How exciting!

Thanks to Ainsley Harriot we had a wonderful BBQ filled with delicious food and wonderful flavours. The recipe was so easy to follow, the Cous Cous was so easy to make and everything was just fantastic. We couldn't have asked for anything more.

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