Tim: Why is that? (laughing, because he already knows the answer)
Maureen: I knew that the younger half of this family would not abide a plate of spinach salad, even if there was feta tossed over it, so I made them couscous and purple-sprouting spinach instead.
Andrew (15): Couscous! I love couscous!
Nicholas (12): Thank you for not making me eat the spinach salad.
Maureen: Your feelings about spinach are clear. Also, I wasn’t sure I was up for the drama involved, so I just bypassed it altogether. What do you think?
Tim: I like it.
Maureen: Me too. I like all of it. Though I know the salad– using the term loosely since it’s really just spinach leaves, oranges and some dressing– would not be a hit with the boys.
Tim: I’m not sure that the oranges add anything.
Maureen: I don’t get why they’re there either. Maybe it’d be better if I had been able to find the blood oranges he wanted me to use, but I doubt it.
Nicholas: I like the chicken.
Tim: Where is the kick coming from in the chicken?
Maureen: You add cayenne to the marinade. I like it.
Andrew: I’m not crazy about it.
Maureen: Why not?
Andrew: I don’t know. I just don’t fancy it. I like the couscous, though.
Maureen: That’s not part of this recipe.
Tim: I think you should make this again, or at least the chicken part of it. It was a winner.
Maureen: I agree.