Toasted Cous Cous Salad with Dried Figs and Apricots

Toasted Cous Cous Salad with Dried Figs and Apricots

By Nancy Buchanan



by Nancy Buchanan on September 26, 2010

I-I-M-M Home!!!!! Yes, A Communal Table has moved from the Blogger platform to WordPress!! As you can see, I still have some boxes to unpack and a little redecorating to do but all in all the move was pretty painless – no broken furniture or dishes, thank goodness!!! So,  a huge thank you to you all for bearing with me and I hope you’ll be patient with me as I figure out where am going to put everything!

This weekend I attended Camp Blogaway – a one day “camp” for food bloggers!!! This was my second Camp Blogaway event and it did not disappoint!! We had wonderful presentations by Kristine Kidd, Danny Jauregui, and Kelly Flint of Constant Contact on a variety of great topics – cookbook writing, food photography and keeping in touch via email newsletters!!

We also heard from our own “experts” – fellow food bloggers Jenny ofPicky Palate, Rachael of La Fuji Mama and Erika of In Erika’s Kitchen. These lovely ladies generously shared with us their experience and knowledge on the business of blogging – my head is still spinning  from all of the stuff I learned!! Now, of course,  this being a FOOD blogger event there was food .. and lots of it!! Zesprikiwifruit once again brought their luscious kiwifruit for us to devour snack on and in the afternoon we had a little friendly competition involving.. what else – food!!

Zespri kiwifruit6 300x225 Toasted Cous Cous Salad with Dried Figs and Apricots

It always amazes me that at any kind of “potluck” event you rarely end up with duplicates of anything and this event was no different. I wish I had more pictures of the beautiful food to share with you but I was too busy eating socializing to snap many photos. But I did manage to get a few – like this one of RGBistro’s gorgeous Wonton Bruschetta!

RGBistro Wonton Bruschetta4 300x225 Toasted Cous Cous Salad with Dried Figs and Apricots For my entry, I chose to make a Morrocan Couscous with Dried Figs and Apricots. I first had this salad at Whole Foods one day when I was shopping. After the first bite I was smitten. I must have  sat in Whole Foods for over an  hour – slowly savoring each bite and trying to figure out exactly what was in it!! I made notes from the ingredient list posted with the salad and then went in search of the ingredients ! Over the next few weeks I tinkered with quantities and I  finally duplicated it – hooray!!! And then of course, I came  across  Whole Foods cookbook – with this recipe!!  On the upside, I am happy to say that my quantities  of ingredients and technique were spot on!!!

As for the competition, well it was fierce -  would you t expect any less from a group of food bloggers??? We had beautiful appetizers – like the Wonton Brushetta pictured above by RGBistro, tarts, cookies, bars and salads. Already the recipes for many of these wonderful dishes are flying through the blogsphere and you may just see some of them here at the Table!!!

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{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

Patti at Camp Blogaway September 27, 2010 at 3:47 pm

Nancy, THANK YOU for your indepth writeup about your Camp experiences. You are such an enthusiastic, involved blogger and your photo skills are just fantastic. This recipe is perfect, especially during this sudden heatwave. Very refreshing and flavorful, keep up the good work.


Kim September 27, 2010 at 7:25 pm

Wow, welcome home indeed! Remind me to bring you a housewarming gift the next time I see you. :P

I adore the new look! Especially the rotating images in your header.

Love your story about spending an hour at Whole Foods, only to find you could “buy” the recipe out of the cookbook. Even better that you figured it out without needing the cookbook. Kudos, Iron Chef!

Great to see you over the weekend. :) Stay cool in this unbearable heat we’re having!



Nancy September 29, 2010 at 1:12 am

It was so good to see you too! Glad you like the new “do”!! Loved your beautiful Wonton Bruschetta – I have bookmarked them – I think they will be appearing at one of my next functions!


Diane {} September 27, 2010 at 8:44 pm

Great to see you at CAMP, glad we had a chance to chat.
Your coucous was yummy!


Louise Mellor September 27, 2010 at 8:49 pm

Hi there, your new site looks great~! I on the other hand feel like the task of switching may kill me so I’m putting it off. I didn’t have a chance to taste most of the food but I love the color and seasonality of your dish.
C’est Si Bon,
~Chef Louise


Nancy September 29, 2010 at 1:11 am

Hi Chef Louise!!

Thank you so much for stopping by the Table!! Know what you mean about switching but I know just the person to help you with that!!


Chef Dennis September 28, 2010 at 1:21 am

your cous cous salad looks absolutely delicious!! I have to make it for my girls, I know they will love it! I do have to get to some blogger events next summer!! I miss all the fun!


denharsh September 28, 2010 at 3:09 am

Hi Chef Dennis!!

I am sure your girls would like it – its a substantial salad and nice for the cooler months when you want a pasta salad and tomatoes won’t cut it!!


Erika - In Erika's Kitchen September 28, 2010 at 7:12 pm

That salad was completely delicious. Thanks for the recipe. Great to see you at Camp Blogaway, Nancy – and your new blog design looks fantastic!


Nancy September 29, 2010 at 1:09 am

Hi Erika!!

It was wonderful to see you too!! Wish we had had more time to chat!! So glad that you liked the salad – I, of course am still dreaming about your Truffled Egg Salad!


Dorothy at Shockinglydelicious September 28, 2010 at 10:00 pm

Nancy, this was soooooooo good at Camp Blogaway! I tasted it and immediately went back for more! This is going to be a great fall dish…would be good for potlucks, as well, since it can sit out without poisoning anyone. Ya know?


Nancy September 29, 2010 at 1:08 am

Hi Dorothy!!

I am so glad that you liked it!! It definitely is one of my favorite salads for that reason!


sippitysup September 29, 2010 at 2:01 am

Perfection in your new platform! Welcome home. GREG


Nancy September 29, 2010 at 11:41 pm

Hi Greg!!

Thank you!! This is, after all, ALL YOUR FAULT!! After our meeting at your house, I was determined to switch!!


Lynne @ CookandBeMerry September 29, 2010 at 7:47 am

Wow! Your new site looks fantastic! It was great to see you at Camp and taste your salad, which was delish. I love your top photo. The styling and colors are wonderful. I want to grab my fork and dig in!


Nancy September 29, 2010 at 11:40 pm

Hi Lynne!!

It was great to see you at camp too!! Thanks for the praise on the photo – you definitely inspire me in that area!


Mark October 5, 2010 at 6:48 am

Looks great. Well done!


Nancy October 5, 2010 at 6:26 pm

Thanks honey!!


Maria October 7, 2010 at 2:56 pm

Lovely salad. I love the addition of figs and apricots!


Nancy October 7, 2010 at 4:56 pm

Thanks Maria!! Me too!!


the urban baker November 21, 2010 at 6:23 am

hi nancy, i think we met at food blog forum last March? I saw that you are looking for a roommate for Food Blog Camp. If you are still looking, let’s chat! Thanks, Susan


the urban baker November 23, 2010 at 3:25 pm

hi nancy, i saw that you were looking for a roommate for food blog camp. I, too, am looking for a roommate and I remember meeting you at food blog forum. Let me know if you are interested! thanks, susan


Nancy November 23, 2010 at 4:10 pm

Jen had emailed me looking for a roommate and I told her I was still looking before I saw this post. Don’t know if she already has a roommate or not but if not, that would be great. Will let you know ASAP what she has decided to do!!


Steve December 14, 2010 at 4:39 pm

Hi Nancy,

Love the blog!! Can’t wait to dive further into the recipes. The emapnadas are going on the table this weekend


Nancy December 14, 2010 at 10:45 pm

Hi Steve!!

Glad you like it!!! The empanadas are right up your alley!!


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