I’m back! Did someone say Halloumi Fries?

Well I think it’s about time that I got this blog back up and running again. It seems as though I let work and well…life get in the way of what I really love to do, and for that I can only apologise. I forgot just how much I love to create my own images and make a big mess in my kitchen. So let’s get started!

A recent trend that I have picked up on is Halloumi Fries. I first tried them in Camden market (click here to see) with friends and I was blown away! Ever since then I have been wanting to make them at home so here it is.

Now I must mention that all the recipes I looked up had fancy spices like sumac and za’atar and pomegranate molasses in it, but unfortunately my kitchen cupboards are not that exotic, and I was too lazy to go out to the supermarket in the snow, so here is my version.

Ingredients:

1 pack x Halloumi

Spices: 1 tsp smoked paprika, 1/2 tsp ground cumin, 1/2 tsp dried oregano, 1/2 tsp dried thyme

1 tsp plain flour

Pomegranate seeds (to garnish)

Plain yoghurt (to garnish)

Chilli flakes (to garnish)

Mint leaves (to garnish)

Oil (to fry)

Method:

  1. Slice the Halloumi into strips, making sure you don’t slice them too thin.
  2. Mix the smoked paprika, oregano, cumin and thyme together and coat the fries. Then coat them in the plain flour. Any left over spices can be mixed together with the yoghurt (optional). Shake off any excess flour.
  3. Deep fry the halloumi until golden brown and crisp. Place on a serving dish.
  4. Drizzle the yoghurt over the fries and garnish with the pomegranate seeds, mint leaves and chilli flakes. Enjoy!

Tip: Dry the halloumi with a kitchen towel before you flavour them, otherwise the moisture from the cheese will spit when frying. I found this out the hard way…

I realise that deep fried cheese doesn’t really fit into the theme of healthy eating in January but life is too short not to indulge now and again. This is one of my favourite recipes and I will defend it with all my might. The salty and crispy cheese paired with sweet pomegranate seeds and mint just creates an explosion in your mouth. A must try! Oh go on…

It feels good to be back. I learnt that you can’t let life get in the way of doing what you really love. For me it’s food photography, but whatever it might be for you, keep it up!

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Halloumi Fries Low res

 

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Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen

I went to Brixton yesterday and found myself in a small converted shipping container called ‘Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen’. A tiny restaurant with a big personality! Brixton is full of great pop up places to eat, from jerk chicken to fresh ramen, you are spoilt for choice.

Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen is run by, guess who…Zoe! She cooks the most amazing Ghanian food like I have never tasted before. I tried the most succulent lamb chops marinated in a number of spices and served with a peanut sauce. Next, traditional fried chicken – Ghana style! The chicken was the crispiest chicken I have ever had with a wonderful blend of spices, including nutmeg. Delicious!

If this hadn’t filled me up already, I tried some plantain chips. Soft, sweet and flavourful served with some beans. A local ingredient that I’ve tried before, plantain can be baked, fried or made into chips. Its so yummy and very comforting. Lastly, Zoe made some Yam balls, she mashed the yams and mixed them with garlic and spices and then deep fried them. All served hot with a spicy dip and salsa.

I love this place, it is quirky, stylish and very welcoming.  I can honestly say I will go back there for some more traditional home cooked food, or better yet I might go to Ghana! But I think a trip to Brixton might be cheaper.

Check it out! http://zoesghanakitchen.co.uk/restaurant/

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Camden Market’s Street Food

My husband and I went to the street food stalls in Camden Market last week and it was amazing! There was so much choice, from American bacon and cheese burgers to Jerk chicken to homemade pasta and more. Wow. We were so confused! We didn’t know where to begin and what to try. Although going to all the stalls and having a small taster helped.

The place was so packed we could barely move. But what was amazing about this was to see the passion and love for real food. Nothing was processed or out of a packet, or at least I hope it wasn’t. It was all honest food served by people who loved doing what they were doing. It was also great to see so many people enjoying eating this type of fresh food, whether it was healthy or not!

A man running a stall did say to us that there is a chance the market will be closed down and turned into flats. Whether this is true or not, I hope it doesn’t happen. It would be such a shame to lose such an exciting market with different cuisines from all around the world. Go and visit it yourself! Just be warned…go with an empty belly and elastic trousers. Oh and a napkin to wipe your face after stuffing it with pork sticky buns and pancakes. Enjoy!

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Is Spring finally here?

The sun is shining! Let’s hope it lasts longer than England in the World Cup. I realised that the sun does wonderful things to people in England, they are whistling and smiling and generally more cheerful (until they start complaining that it’s too hot).

Spring to me means fresh and colourful food. Eating colourful foods (and I don’t mean artificial flamboyant colours) makes it more appealing to the eye. I made bruschetta yesterday after finding different colour tomatoes, and they were so sweet! Grilled fresh bread rubbed with garlic and topped with these tomatoes and a hint of basil. Simple yet yummy. And yes yummy is a technical term.

What do you like eating when the sun is shining? (BBQ I hear you screaming at the screen)

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Bruschetta

Bruschetta

London…is it the land of opportunity?

I love London. I went there this weekend and I came back with a greater love for the hustle and bustle lifestyle of London. Granted my small legs are not made for the never ending steps in the underground, but other than that it’s great! I came across people who were friendly and would happily agree to have their picture taken.

But the one thing I loved more than anything in London was the food. Oh the food. I felt like I was in a different country! Chicken burgers with turkey bacon that was revealed from under a glass dome of heavenly oak wood smoke, served with rustic skin on fries and washed down with a salted caramel milkshake. Enough calories? I think so.

We also went to Spitalfield market where we found fresh pastries, cupcakes, jerk chicken and more (but not altogether).

When sitting down in a restaurant for brunch, I couldn’t help but notice the great atmosphere. People eating amazing food, laughing and reminiscing whilst drinking colourful cocktails. So I seized the opportunity and asked these people if I could take pictures of them and they happily agreed.

There’s something about food that brings people together, don’t you agree? Follow my blog to see the progress in my project about food culture and appreciating the love of food!

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