I love lazy Sundays. I had a few chores to do today, some time set aside for relaxing and I also made plenty of time for cooking or preparing healthy food. Such as slicing up this juicy and sweet orange.
I had these perfectly ripe figs to use.
I added the orange and figs to natural yogurt with pistachios and a drizzle of honey. Delicious.
I read quite a few food and healthy living blogs. One I always enjoy, particularly for the photography is Scandi Foodie. Scandi Foodie is written by Maria, a Finnish lady living in Sydney. Her pictures are heavily influenced by her Scandinavian roots. I love the brightness and simplicity of them. A while ago she posted a recipe for Haloumi with Vegetable Medley. I have had that sitting on my ‘Recipes To Try’ page for ages. Today was the day to try it. I had a little helper so we worked in tandem :-)
Haloumi and Vegetables
Ingredients (Serves 2-4)
- 200g Haloumi, cut in to slices
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp mustard seeds
- 1 medium sized aubergine, diced
- 1 red pepper, diced
- 10 mushrooms, diced
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 10 red olives, pitted and diced
- 1 tbsp sherry vinegar
- salt and pepper
- 2 sprigs fresh mint, chopped
- parsley, chopped
- Heat the oil in a large pan and add the oil.
- Add the mustard seeds and then the vegetables.
- Gently cook the vegetables for about 10 minutes until beginning to soften.
- Add the sherry vinegar and seasoning. Mix well.
- Set aside to cool slightly while you cook the haloumi.
- Heat 1 tbsp oil and fry the haloumi on both sides until browned.
- Serve the vegetables piled on top of the cheese and garnished with the mint and parsley.
I served mine with lettuce and home grown tomatoes.
Scandi Foodie made dainty and pretty vegetable stacks. However, I piled the veggies on.
I was glad I did too because they were delicious. The sherry vinegar and herbs really lifted the flavours from good to fabulous. I really enjoyed this and Harvey had seconds of the vegetables they were so good.
For ladies who lunch, this is a perfect dish to serve and it would also make a good starter.
When I was peckish this afternoon I snacked on some nuts and dates.
I lubricated the brain cells so I was ready to prepare supper.
Supper was delicious but I didn’t manage many photos. It came from another blog called Mel’s Kitchen Cafe which I have never cooked anything from before but I will look at it again. I made the Chicken Corn Chowder and it was delicious. Look it up and give it a go.
I can’t believe the weekend is over so quickly!