Honey & Harissa Halloumi

When the weather is as good as it has been this week Iโ€™m always conflicted with spending time in the kitchen and enjoying the sunshine outdoors. This recipe may be quick and easy to prepare but doesnโ€™t compromise on flavour one bit! Salty halloumi, sweet honey and a kick of chilli from the harissa will transport you away from the hustle and bustle of the day and to a beach somewhere in the middle of the Mediterranean. So sit back, take some time for yourself and enjoy! I promise you wonโ€™t regret it.

Ingredients:

  • 225g halloumi, sliced
  • 1/4 tsp harissa paste
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1/4 tsp lemon juice
  • 4 mint leaves, finely chopped

Method:

  1. Using a frying pan, fry the halloumi on both sides until lightly browned – golden.
  2. In a small bowl, mix the lemon, syrup and harissa.
  3. Upon serving, drizzle over the sweet and spicy dressing and evenly distribute the mint pieces on the dish.

Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

Garlic & Ginger Green Beans

A tasty way of getting some green beans in your diet and just by adding a few ingredients can really make this a special side dish.

Ingredients:

  • 1 can (400g) whole green beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 garlic clove, grated
  • 1 inch piece of ginger, grated
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp chilli flakes

Method:

  1. Start by mixing all the ingredients (excluding the beans) in a small bowl.
  2. In a frying pan, on medium-high heat cook the beans for 4-5 minutes.
  3. Pour over the marinade and stirring occasionally, cook for another minute and then serve.

Harissa Sweet Pepper Bulgur

This recipe is perfect when you want something slightly lighter but something that also packs a punch. The harissa comes at you hard in this recipe but the sweet pepper and preserved lemons give such a contrast itโ€™ll be a staple for when you want something quick, easy but (more importantly) extra delicious too.

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 preserved lemon, chopped into small pieces
  • 1 tsp harissa paste
  • 1 spring onion, finely chopped
  • 1 handful fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 sweet pointed red pepper, chopped into small pieces
  • 4-5 mint leaves, finely chopped
  • 80g fine bulgur wheat

Method:

  1. Start by preparing the bulgur according to the packet and set aside.
  2. Mix the harissa together with the olive oil in a small bowl and drizzle over the prepared bulgur.
  3. Add all the remaining ingredients, mix thoroughly and serve.

Okra & Miso Soup

Okra, or bamia as it’s known in my family household, has been a staple in our cooking for as long as I can remember. Though the way that it is used in my mother’s cooking is different to this recipe, I wanted to mix it up and combine it with another delicious pantry staple: miso paste. Such a simple recipe and a great palate and body cleanser.

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 40g okra, sliced
  • 1 tsp miso paste
  • 500ml vegetable stock
  • 2 inch piece of ginger, sliced into small batons
  • 1 garlic clove, roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 handful fresh spinach

Method:

  1. Start by frying the garlic and ginger together for a couple minutes in the olive oil.
  2. Add the miso paste and cook for a minute, stir occasionally.
  3. Pour in the stock and leave for another minute.
  4. Finally, add the spinach and okra, mix, cover and leave for 4 minutes.

Best served hot.