The flavor development was very good. The apricot and olive flavors got lost. I will have to try it without them to see if they contributed significantly to the flavor or if it was the spices that did it. I had no carrots. Having no couscous, I served it over brown rice. After it was done cooking, I zapped okra and moringa and added them so there was green with the dinner. If you don't know moringa, think half inch leaves of delicate spinach.
Five adults plus two kids can't all be wrong and rarely agree on anything, but this recipe was the exception. "Really good" and "I think I'll have more of that", was mantra for the evenings meal. Not easily accomplished in this house, so I look forward to serving it again. Great for dinner parties or a simple family meal.