How to Make the Ultimate Umami-Bomb Vegetarian Demi-Glace
1 3/4 cups couscous (one 10-ounce package)
2/3 cup fresh orange juice
2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
2 teaspoons brown mustard
3/4 teaspoon sugar
1 1/2 cups olive oil
3 scallions, thinly sliced
2 medium carrots, shredded
2 kirby cucumbershalved, seeded and finely diced
1 medium jalapeño chile, seeded and minced
Freshly ground black pepper
In a medium saucepan, combine 2 1/4 cups of water with a pinch of salt and bring to a boil over moderately high heat. Remove from the heat and stir in the couscous. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Fluff the couscous with a fork and transfer to a large bowl to cool.
In a small bowl, whisk together the orange juice, vinegar, mustard and sugar. Whisk in the olive oil in a fine stream. Stir in 1 1/2 teaspoons salt. Pour the dressing over the couscous. Add the scallions, carrots, cucumbers, and jalapeño and toss well. Season with salt and pepper.