Spiced Halloumi Salad with Cranberry Dressing

This is such a delicious salad that i made for Hungry TV. It spices up all your left over vegetables and cranberry sauce into something fresh and delicious. I hope you love it!

Serves 2

2 tablespoons blanched, skinned almonds
2 teaspoons cumin seeds
2 teaspoons coriander seeds
8 ounces Halloumi, cut into 1/4-inch thick slices
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/3 cup cranberry sauce
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 tablespoon water
Pinch of chili powder
1 1/2 cups roasted vegetables such as carrots, red onions, fennel and brussel sprouts
8 cherry tomatoes, halved
1 sprig mint leaves, for garnish

1. Heat a small sauté pan over medium heat and toast the almonds, cumin and coriander for 2-3 minutes, until fragrant. Transfer to a spice grinder or food processor and grind into a course powder.

2. Place sliced Halloumi on a cutting board and sprinkle both sides of the cheese with the spice blend, patting it down into each side.

3. Heat olive oil in a sauté pan over medium-low heat. Add the Halloumi and cook 1-2 minutes per side, until the cheese is golden and softened.

4. In a small bowl whisk together the cranberry sauce, lemon juice, water, and chili powder.

5. In a large bowl combine the roasted vegetables, cherry tomatoes, and half of the cranberry dressing. Transfer to a serving platter and top with Halloumi cheese, the remaining dressing and garnish with mint leaves.

– All thoughts and spelling mistakes are mine –

Super Fast Moroccan Prawn Couscous

This super fast prawn couscous is my take on a classic Moroccan couscous dish, with a bit of a pilaf vibe thrown into the mix. The recipe is perfect for a delicious mid week supper. It uses lots of store cupboard ingredients so you can whip it up in no time. Some onion, garlic and spices fried off, then couscous and prawns, both of which cook really fast, are thrown in and finished off with a shower of almonds and pumpkin seeds.

I have been known to get such bad Hanger (No this is not a spelling mistake. It is an actual word – fact! Hunger and Anger together at last – Hanger!) that I have made the recipe in under 10 minutes using cooked prawns!

I hope you enjoy this wicked little recipe as much as I do – let me know what you think.

Serves 2

2 tbsp. olive oil
1 red onion, roughly sliced
2 cloves garlic, roughly sliced
3 bay leaves
6 cardamom pods
1 tsp. cumin seeds
1 dry chilli, broken into 4 pieces
60g/21⁄4oz/1⁄3 cup couscous
1 tsp. cinnamon powder
250g/9oz raw peeled king prawns
1 preserved lemon, pith removed and skin finely sliced
1 tbsp. tomato puree
1 tbsp. flaked almonds
1 tbsp.  pumpkin seeds
Sea salt

1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat. Add the onions and stir-fry for 3-4 minutes until just turning soft. Chuck in the garlic, bay leaves, cardamom pods, cumin seeds and dry chilli. Mix well and cook for another 30 seconds, until fragrant.

2. Meanwhile pour the couscous into a mixing bowl and sprinkle in the cinnamon powder and good pinch of salt. Mix well to avoid getting clumps of cinnamon in the couscous.

3. Tip the prawns, preserved lemon skin and tomato puree into the pan with the onion. Mix everything together really well and scatter in the couscous. Pour over 90ml/3fl oz/generous 1/3 cup of just boiled water, give a good mix, cover and reduce the heat to low. Simmer gently for 6-7 minutes, or until the prawns are cooked through and the couscous has absorbed all the liquid. Remove the lid and cook for another 1-2 minutes so that the couscous can dry out.

4. To serve the dish, fluff the couscous using a fork and divide between 2 serving plates. Scatter over the almonds and pumpkins seeds and serve immediately.

– All thoughts and spelling mistakes are mine –

Banana and Berry Smoothies

Power Shake Smoothie Breakfasts

A lovely American friend of mine recently introduced me to the virtue of ‘power shake breakfasts’. Power shaking is a staple of LA dinning – fruit, vegetables, protein, odd green powers, nut butters and obviously almond milk – Like der! If you’re going to live in California you gotta be dairy free.

Yes I felt the elixir of life flowing through me. Yes I noticed father time’s hands whizzing backwards. But you know what it tasted gross. No matter how embryonic a drink makes me feel it has to taste great.

I have done two different smoothies. Both equally delicious, but very different. The first, an uber-healthy Californian inspired banana berry smoothie. The almond butter gives a really rich flavour and the protein powder keeps you nice and full until lunch. The second is a Moroccan inspired smoothie that is more natural. It uses spices to add warmth and a little thyme for a background herbal hit.

California Banana Berry Smoothie

Serves 1

250ml soya milk
1 banana, peeled
125g mixed berries
1 tsp. almond butter
85g soya protein powder

Chuck the whole lot into a blender and blend until lovely and smooth, adding a little water if it gets too thick.

Moroccan Banana Smoothie

Serves 1

1 banana, peeled
1 ½ tbsp. honey
A pinch of ginger powder
A pinch of cinnamon powder
125g yogurt
¼ tsp. fresh thyme leaves
5g peeled blanched almonds
2-3 ice cubes
½ an orange

Throw everything into a blender and squeeze in the juice from the orange. Pour in 70ml/2 1/3 fl oz of water and blend until smooth.

 

– All thoughts and spelling mistakes are my very own –