Verily, A New Couscous

IMG_0356Employing all aspects of my husband’s nerdiness, my dad recently purchased a copy of William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope for him.

Written in Shakespearean voice, but telling the epic tale of two siblings almost getting it on the rebellions’ fight against a totalitarian Empire – this is a play seriously worth reading. Complete with soliloquies by the formerly mute R2D2, triumphant monShakespeare's Star Warsologues by our here-to-rescue-you hero Luke, and nods to Shakespeare’s actual archetypal dramatic works, it is a clever and quirky laugh a minute.

So what could we possibly do but invite people over for a reading?

This was a fantastic affair.  Hilarious, ridiculous, and totally embarrassing. It also made a big mess for a weekday and involved a lot more prep and clean-up than expected, so for the last two acts (yes, this was a two-part event) we met in the park and made it a potluck.

Amongst this fantastic crew of readers are several vegans, and people who come over often enough to have exhausted my classics. So I did a variation on an Israeli couscous theme I make in the wintertime, usually with pomegranate and spinach. Inspiration courtesy of a post by Martha.

Israeli Couscous with Mint and Lemon

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 8 ounces (1 1/2 cups) Israeli couscous
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped finely
  • 5 scallions, chopped
  • 1/3 cup golden raisins
  • 3 tablespoons very thinly sliced lemon zest (2 to 3 strips)
  • 1/2 cup salted pistachios
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon red-pepper flakes

Seriously uncomplicated directions to this guy. Cook the Israeli couscous as you would pasta (although I prefer it on the al dente side, closer to four minutes). Add the other ingredients. Combine, put it in some tupperware, head to the park.


IMG_0349This is a game we’ll play again, definitely with other works… though it has been pointed out to me that George Lucas did not stop at Episode IV. So no doubt more potlucks, vegan/vegetarian food, loved ones and the park to come.

A Jedi craves not these things. (But I do.)

6 thoughts on “Verily, A New Couscous

    • I bet you could read Shakespeare if it was regarding a certain epic we all know and love! Definitely try the couscous and let me know how it goes. And right there with ya on the Steele front…

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