Preheat the oven to 170°C, 160°C fan assisted, Gas mark 4. In a frying pan heat the oil and fry the beef until browned.
Blend the contents of the sachet with the water and add to the pan along with the tomatoes, courgette, and apricots.
Bring briefly to the boil stirring constantly, then transfer to a casserole dish. Cover and cook for 1 1/2 hours or until beef is tender. Fifteen minutes before the beef is ready, cook couscous according to pack instructions.
Sprinkle with the sliced almonds, if desired and serve with couscous.