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a squeaky breakfast

halloumi breakfast

Our local cafe, run by an affable Romanian named  Ricardo, does a splendid breakfast of halloumi, roasted veg, hash brown, a sausage patty, tomato (for those that want it – I certainly don’t!) and toast, for £4.99.  It’s delicious, but by the time you’ve bought coffee, you’re up to thirteen quid or so for two, so I decided to have a go at home.

  • two chipolatas from the local butcher, baked in the oven
  • One red and one green pepper sliced, four cloves of garlic, one sliced onion, a handful of mushrooms, cooked down slowly in some olive oil on the hob {1}
  • half a block of halloumi, sliced and dry fried
  • some left over cooked spuds, sautéd in some olive oil

Readers, it was delicious, and we shall do it again. And probably again. And there is enough vegetable left to do for tomorrow’s lunch – I shall sling in a can of chickpeas to boost it up

{1} The pepper mix was very liquid. I might actually roast the veg next time, but we live and learn.

a sort of goulash

goulash-ishWe had friends coming for supper on Sunday evening – lovely, as I love cooking for people, and don’t do nearly enough of it since we moved! I wasn’t sure what I wanted to cook, but I went to the butcher and bought some beautiful lean pork, and there was a big bag of mixed peppers in the fridge, so that was a start. I wanted to use some beans too, to pad it out, so found some dried butter beans on the pantry shelf on Saturday morning, stuck them in to soak, then cooked them in the slow cooker overnight.

I started off by deseeding and slicing thinly four peppers, red and yellow, and a huge spanish onion, and cooking them down in some olive oil. I added some cumin seeds and a splash of honey and some garlic, and it was heading towards Middle Eastern. Then in went some paprika, and we were off with goulash. More paprika followed, some fennel seeds, some caraway and then a jar of roasted peppers, sliced up. These give a lovely depth to a dish, and when cooked in the slow cooker, they sort of melt into the sauce. A carton of chopped tomatoes, some rosemary, thyme, bay leaves and seasoning, and the sauce was done.

This all went in the slow cooker (now devoid of its butter beans), and I diced and browned the pork, hurled it in the cooker, and then we just left it completely alone apart from the odd stir for about seven hours. The butter beans must have been very old – I know they accompanied us from Somerset – because they needed another 40 minutes on the boil, so they were added a bit later.

The dish was gorgeous – it made six servings, and four have gone in the freezer, as unfortunately our friends had to cry off due to illness.

supper 5 sept 2010We followed it with Molten chocolate cakes with raspberries and cream. There’s two of them left too. <parp>.

a couple of roast peppers

We had a couple of roasted yellow peppers languishing in the fridge in a jar – not enough to do anything substantial with, but needed using up all the same.

Working at home, lunches get very samey – usually soup, bread and cheese or cold meat, although I have to be careful with cheese now 🙁   So occasionally, we branch out and do something a tad more exotic, and the peppers proved to be inspiration.

I chopped an onion in half and sliced it thinly, then sautéd it in some olive oil with some chopped garlic. Added some ras el hanout and stirred it about, then added the peppers, thinly sliced.  Then in went a can of drained kidney beans, and a little stock made from Marigold bouillon and some arrowroot to thicken it). Warmed it all through for about 10 minutes.  We ate it with toasted wholemeal pitta – delicious!

chickpeas and peppers

I had a red and a yellow pepper starting to go a bit wrinkly, and some gingery chickpeas in the freezer, so I thought I’d combine them.

I cut a red onion in half, and sliced it thinly, then deseeded the peppers, and cut them into thin strips.  Started them off on the hob in olive oil, with a dash of sesame, till they were hot, then bunged them in the oven while the bread was cooking.

After 30 minutes they were nice and soft, so I added the chickpeas, and put the casserole dish back in the oven for another 20 minutes.  We ate with rice.  Very nice indeed.

moroccan meatballs with sweet pepper sauce

sweet peppers and onions

using up: peppers, mince

As I said in the spag bol post, I had about a pound of mince left over.  In fact, when we weighed it, it was 1lb 7oz!

Pete set to making the meatballs; he ground cumin, coriander, allspice, fennel seeds and cinnamon, finely chopped a shallot and some garlic, and mashed it all together.  It made 18 walnut-sized meatballs.  He left out salt, but we realised before it was too late.

In the meantime, I took two yellow and one orange pepper, all of which desperately needed using up.  I cut them in half longways, took out the seeds, and then sliced them very thinly, and then cut an onion in half, peeled it, and sliced that thinly too. Decanted them into a frying pan with some olive oil and started cooking them down.

I felt the needed … something, so I took the lids off lots of spice pots, but nothing seemed to work.  In the end, I went for five spice, just a few good pinches, and that was good.  I also added a gloop of balsamic vinegar towards the end.

The meatballs were popped in the slow cooker, and the onion/pepper mixture on the top. We didn’t fry them first, and I did wonder, but it didn’t seem to matter.  Cooked them for about 7 hours, and then turned it off, as it looked as though it might be drying out.

We ate ten of the meatballs for supper between us, with some fusilli – all a bit fusion, this, really.  They were utterly gorgeous.

And there are eight left, which I think may go in a wrap with some grilled halloumi.