Couscous is made from taking coarsely milled grain, dampening it, rubbing it into tiny granules and lightly flouring the granules so they don't stick together. The couscous is then dried and stored. Couscous can be made from most grains, but is usually made from wheat, sorghum or quinoa. It is traditionally cooked by slowly steaming it over a cooking stew until it is light and fluffy. Modern couscous has been pre-steamed and then dried, and can be prepared by covering it in boiling water or a stock. Pre-steamed couscous can be cooked in about 5 minutes.
Hummus is made from cooked, mashed chickpeas, olive oil, tahini, lemon juice, salt and garlic, all mixed together into a smooth paste. Hummus can be used as a dip or a spread, and is often used in middle-eastern cooking.
An octopus is a creature with eight arms that lives in the sea. The bottom of their arms is covered in suction cups. Most octopi have no bones, so they can squeeze into very small holes to hide. Octopi have three hearts and blue blood. Octopi are distantly related to snails.
The platypus is a very unusual animal found only in Australia. It lays eggs, but it is not a bird. Platypus and echidnas are the only two animals that lay eggs. The male platypus can inject you with venom from a spur on its hind leg, but it is not related to the snake. Platypus are found in waterways, and are very good swimmers. They grow to about half a metre long, and are dark brown with a rubbery snout, very much like a duck's beak.