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Saturday, February 16, 2013

Couscous is a Pasta, not a grain- Knorr Taste Quest Episode 5

Saratu
Most people think Couscous is a grain product but it's actually pasta. During the last episode, the judges as usual did not make it any easier for the contestants as the ingredients for this task was as unexpected as possible. The contestants were given Pine nuts, Baby Carrots, Green Bananas, Mushrooms and Couscous!! They were to make a starter and main course meal within 60 minute.

Speaking on the choice of ingredients, Executive Chef, Dr Roberts described them as simple and basic with nutritional benefits. He mentioned that Pine nuts are very high in vitamins and essential oil,   baby carrots, which are sweeter than normal carrots contain vitamins C, B6, A and K,  Mushrooms are high in Riboflavin and Couscous which is a pasta not a grain, has the most superior vitamin content of all pastas. 




Also, on the green bananas, He explained that it contains vitamins as well as a starch that helps to manage weight, good for cholesterol levels, and manages blood sugar. Wow, it’s nice to know this about green bananas. I also found out that due to its health benefits, Couscous is a good substitute for some foods like rice!


The guest judge for this episode was no other than TV personality and Film director, Kemi Adetiba. She stated that she was a “foodie”, and was going to judge for taste, great use of spices and interesting textures in the meals presented. 


At the end of the show, Saratu won the task with her dish of Mushroom and banana (starter), and Yorkshire pudding (main course). Kemi Adetiba, described her meal as “lovely” and well worth deserving of the Twenty Thousand Naira prize, Bolarinwa and Damilola, however fell in the bottom two, and were put on probation. That means if either of them fall in the bottom two in the next task, either of them will be evicted. According to the judges, Bolarinwa’s meal of Couscous was described as “horrible” and Damilola’s carrot and banana soup as “weird”. 


The quest is still on, who gets to the final, or who goes next? We’ll continue to watch and wonder which of the ten remaining contestants will become Nigeria’s best. 

Join the action by going to www.facebook.com/knorrnigeria, and also to find check out the recipes used by the contestants. Also catch the show on Silverbird on Saturdays at 8.30pm, AIT on Sundays at 5.00pm, Galaxy on Sundays at 8.00pm, E-Stars (Startimes) on Sundays at 7.30pm and OnTV on Sundays at 6.30pm

You can also watch previous episodes and auditions clips by clicking on this link,www.youtube.com/knorrnigeria.


22 comments:

Topdawg said...

Couscous is not a pasta....Where on earth did this people get that from? The name couscous is from the Moroccan dialect (Derija) and the food is like the commonest of food in all the states of Morocco. It is also loved and prepared in mauritania and Senegal. I have eat couscous many times in Mauritania and Senegal and no one ever told me it is a pasta. These people are junks.

Chidozie Mario said...

In Naija we think mushroom is for the poor, but in UK, it's one of the most expensive dishes.
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Anonymous said...

Mushroom expensive in whick U.k? U r a liar! I know ur type

Anonymous said...

Ok if its not a pasta den wat is it?? Nd if u dnt answer u r d biggest junk....

Anonymous said...

Mumu, read d 1st sentence there, it says most pple think couscous is a grain bt it is actually pasta, who said its not!! mtchewww, ode!! Park well we also have it in Naija (^~^)

Anonymous said...

Couscous is not pasta.They got that so wrong.couscous and pasta r so different and not even remotely related.

Anonymous said...

Did u just write,I have eat....hmm mm

Anonymous said...

Did he write, I have eat,,,hmmm

top chef of africa said...

Are this people daft how can couscous be pasta *confused face* :Semolina is the coarse, purified wheat middlings of durum wheat used in making pasta, breakfast cereals, puddings, and couscous.so therefore couscous is not pasta, they are only made from the same base which is semolina durum wheat!!!! Your welcome :-)

Anonymous said...

Ignorance is a disease, its best to shut up when u don't know stuff.Couscous is a Pasta made from semolina flour.

Anonymous said...

Olodo man. What dyu teach ur children. How is mushroom even a dish? Lmfao

Anonymous said...

My friend,couscous is a pasta made from granuled wheat another namewould be semolina.....stop acting like someone unwilling to learn, u don't have to insult anybody because when u don't even have any proof of knowledge.


Anonymous said...

Have u seencoucous before,dou evenknw wat a pasta is?,do u knw what spaghetti and macroni is made from, do u knw that coucous has different sizes,...goo and find these things out...andstop talking like u know

Anonymous said...

I no fit laff abeg!

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Anonymous said...

Thank u 4 tellinn

Simpleme said...

This is the first time I will make a comment on LIB. For me its always interesting to read the comments but today I just felt the need to comment.
Please when in doubt always research. These days its quite easy to get information on the internet. I just researched the difference btw grain and pasta and below is the conclusion.
Couscous is a pasta. I really don't see the need for all the name calling

Grains are small, hard, dry seeds (with or without hull or fruit layers attached) harvested for human food or animal feed.

Typically pasta is made from an unleavened dough of a durum wheat flour mixed with water and formed into sheets or various shapes, then cooked and served in any number of dishes

Couscous is a traditional Berber dish of semolina (tiny granules of durum wheat) which is cooked by steaming.

I hope this put an end to the doubts and arguments

Anonymous said...

ALL THEM DANGOTE AND HONEY WELL ARE MAKING COUSCOUS AND ITS UNDER THERE PASTA PRODUCT

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Olumide Oluwasegun said...

I don't know what the fuss is about. You have just gotten information. Its up to you to confirm it, research then decide if you need the information. Enjoy the food and stop trying to outdo each other in the: "I have the best abuse words".

Olumide Oluwasegun said...

I don't know what the fuss is about. You have just gotten information. Its up to you to confirm it, research then decide if you need the information. Enjoy the food and stop trying to outdo each other in the: "I have the best abuse words".

Anonymous said...

Abi o. I wonder

Anonymous said...

Dts ma home gal Sar rite thur!!! We c u baby! L'lops....