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Israeli Couscous/Steel Cut Oats

I have been scouring Sydney at present for steel cut oats and mograbieh/pearl couscous/giant couscous/Israeli couscous. Health shops, Macro, gourmet grocers, Fratelli Fresh...To no avail!!! Another fellow gourmet at work found some steel cut oats for me in her local health shop (for less than $5) and tipped me off that I could get Israeli couscous at David Jones. So off I trot down to David Jones and I find it a bit depressing because it's not THAT amazing, it's expensive and more than anything, it reminds me of some of the happiest times of my life (ie. traipsing the AMAZING food market at Isetan in Kyoto, Japan) and now I'm trudging around its overpriced, ugly sister in Sydney.

Then I finally find my Israeli couscous and it is $17 a kilo!!!!!! OUTRAGEOUS. Surely the Jewish/Lebanese chefs of Sydney are not forking out $17 a kilo?!?! Time for me to high tail it to the Jewish quarter (guessing Eastern suburbs somewhere?) or make it down to Bankstown/Lakemba - where I will probably spend $10 on petrol and tolls and buy $7 worth of Israeli couscous and feel VINDICATED.

Has anyone else here cooked with steel cut oats? Or Israeli couscous? Are there any ingredients/food that you are looking forward to finding/cooking/eating?

Another ingredient I've never cooked with but can't wait to try out is Szechaun pepper - with that slightly numbing flavour to it.

I'm looking forward to making this steel cut oats porridge -
http://www.thekitchn.com/thekitchn/brown-bag-meals/breakfast-for-lunch-steelcut-oats-with-dates-coconut-cinnamon-and-pecans-044209

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penelly
Mar. 19th, 2009 10:33 am (UTC)
Lindfield Coles used to have a Jewish food section... You could call them up and ask if they have it. might be quicker to get to than eastern suburbs. Good luck! :)

nadz0r
Mar. 19th, 2009 11:02 am (UTC)
thanks for the tip!! seems so far away still. so lazy!!
spookylolly
Mar. 19th, 2009 11:22 am (UTC)
I've been reading everywhere about Israeli couscous - lots of recipes around for it. Does it taste like regular couscous or more like barley or what?

Also, I have a link for you (surprise, surprise):

http://shop.oway.com.au/epages/oway.sf/en_AU/?ObjectPath=/Shops/oway

They stock organic black bean spaghetti. Apparently really low carb and high in protein. I'm going to order some next week and give them a whirl. Should be fun!
nadz0r
Mar. 19th, 2009 11:37 am (UTC)
i've seen it at the organic shops here - but was concerned whether it would have that bitey pasta texture that i love. omg i love carbs so much. something has been up with me this week, all i want to do is eat carbs. i dream about peanut butter, jam and bread. i look forward to my lunchtime carbs ardently. after eating dinner, i'm still thinking about carbs. i don't know what's happened to me!!!
spookylolly
Mar. 19th, 2009 11:41 am (UTC)
Set point, maybe? http://www.mirror-mirror.org/set.htm

Besides, asians traditionally eat a lot of carbs, don't they? Or is that just stereotype bullshit?
nadz0r
Mar. 19th, 2009 11:56 am (UTC)
we totally do - we eat carbs at every meal and don't feel bad about it. i guess most of us are in the habit of using rice to 'bulk out' a meal. i'm not a huge rice eater, but i've always been a carb eater. i don't freak out about it too much - focussing more on calories and how i feel. it isn't carbs that make you fat, it's how much you eat really. i'm just conscious of how much i want to eat them at the moment (ie. more than normal).

the calorie counting has helped heaps - normally 2 weeks in, i am ready to eat my arm off. it's been almost 3 months of hard training now and it's only now i'm starting to feel hungry. i aim for a net 1290 calories a day (so i let myself eat for what i exercise off), which has been fine until now...i think i need to get in the habit of packing a mini salad for afternoon snacks, because that way i can eat more volume with less calories.

i just checked my CK stats - on days when i exercise, i am eating around c.1700 calories a day gross. i have noticed that CK exercise does sometimes over and under estimate calories compared to my heart rate monitor. i usually adjust the minutes to tally up to what my HR monitor says. unfortunately, i can't wear my HR monitor when i play basketball, so I have no idea how much i burn during that!
dorukai
Mar. 19th, 2009 03:46 pm (UTC)
Why avoiding carbs so hard? It can't be a weight loss thing surely . . .
nadz0r
Mar. 20th, 2009 08:57 am (UTC)
i'm not avoiding them - i'm trying to have about 30% of my total calories from carbs. if i had my way, it'd be like 60% ;)

i'm not trying to lose weight, just trying to eat right and fuel my body efficiently for the training that i'm doing
dorukai
Mar. 20th, 2009 12:06 pm (UTC)
Ah, ok. Seems pretty hardcore!
spookylolly
Mar. 19th, 2009 11:42 am (UTC)
Also:

http://www.bunrab.com/dailyfeed/2009March/dailyfeed_march-09_p3.html#031609

Peanut butter, bread, carrot and cabbage. It's practically a health food!
nadz0r
Mar. 19th, 2009 11:48 am (UTC)
zomg, that's a lot of cabbage!!! i prefer my peanut butter with something sweet...an afternoon snack that i love (and find good to train on) is sliced up apple with some peanut butter on it.

i eat heaps at lunch - but most of it is veg, so it does keep me quite full - usually half a carrot, half a zucchini, handful of lettuce, sliced up mushroom, diced half tomato, quarter of an avocado...then add some protein (tuna, cottage cheese) and some carb (sorj, chick peas, beans).
nadz0r
Mar. 19th, 2009 11:56 am (UTC)
btw, israeli couscous is made from semolina, so more like a pasta.
smelsworst
Mar. 19th, 2009 01:26 pm (UTC)
nice! i might have a try of that.
talluleh
Mar. 19th, 2009 12:06 pm (UTC)
Any lebanese supermarkets around your area? They would have it for sure - I've bought it before from a greek/lebanese place here in brisbane, and half of it is still sitting in the pantry! The one I got is called moghrabieh, but it looks the same as the israeli stuff... it's not as easy to whip up as the instant moroccan sort of business, but it's really nice in salads for something different. You've inspired me to use the rest of it now... and $17/kg is WAY too much, this cost me $4 for a 500g packet!
nadz0r
Mar. 20th, 2009 09:00 am (UTC)
not directly near me...it's about a 45 min drive away.

i'm not paying $17 a kg - FU DJs!!
nadz0r
Mar. 21st, 2009 04:42 am (UTC)
found some at Essential Ingredient for $3 - israeli cous for 250g. Saw Mograbieh for $10 for a kilo.

you can apparently roast them first for more flavour - perhaps give that a go? dry roast/oil in the pan and then cook as normal
smelsworst
Mar. 19th, 2009 01:24 pm (UTC)
that porridge looks amazing!
nadz0r
Mar. 20th, 2009 08:57 am (UTC)
i have steel cut oats now! but my dates don't arrive til tuesday (ordered in my weekly fruitbox)
smelsworst
Mar. 20th, 2009 09:07 am (UTC)
photos!! i demand photos once it's all assembled..
nadz0r
Mar. 20th, 2009 10:07 pm (UTC)
just tried plain steel cut oats, done standard porridge style and it was awesome. big fan already, i can see the texture being amazing with dates/nuts/coconut!
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