I first made this delightful snack/ canapé/ entree dish back in 2010 – it was a lifetime ago. I was living four different houses ago, I was in my thirties and was living next to my now good friend, who was neighbour (and still friend), Karin. I explain most of it below but this was the second course in a four course masterpiece meal that took me an entire day to prepare. It was fantastic – I actually have this regularly as a snack :). It is based on a recipe of Nigella Lawson’s and is so simple, so quick and so delightful to make. You can have this anytime – I could eat halloumi for breakfast or desert, it is so delectable.
ARTICLE FROM 2010 OFF THE OLD SITE, SYDNEY TABLE.
It is good to know that my friends are actually reading Sydney Table. I had drinks a few weeks ago with long time school friend, Michelle, who decided it was time I put my money where my mouth is and cook for a group of friends for nothing other than to get together and feast on food and each other’s company. She also came up with the awesome suggestion that everyone can pay for their meal so I was not cooking a dish that I could afford for everyone and actually cook whatever I chose. Brilliant idea and thanks Michelle.
As my place is fairly small I had to limit guests and invited Michelle, or live in her eternal wrath, Tony & Renee and my uber cool neighbor Karin, she cooks for me all the time and hand delivers food samples she is cooking every other day. Karin thought it would be much nicer to serve it on her outside deck downstairs – it is much larger and heaps nicer for entertaining. As I refused to take money for Karin she also insisted on cooking one of the four courses for the evening, and hopefully I will post her recipe for the various flavours of dumplings she cooked – these were INSANELY delicious. Tony & Renee could not get a sitter so brought their little one Ava who spent the night hanging out with Karin’s little Princess Stella. I also had a very cool assistant for the night, Finn – thanks for all the help Finn, you rock.
Menu for the Evening:
4 types of dumplings with Dipping Sauce
Nigella’s Halloumi With Chilli
Malaysian Fish Stew
Helen (from Rough Cooking)’s Chardonnay and Grape cake – with my Grand Marnier Cream
All up for all four dishes the cost of ingredients was about $200- but it was worth it!!!
BUT – course two is:
Nigella’s Halloumi With Chilli, and this dish is so easy I have no idea why I don’t have it for one meal every week. This was also the very first time I had cooked with Halloumi that I will now be using it many more times. Poor Finn had to put up with me daring him to eat everything I cooked so he could experience new things – I am pretty sure this was the only thing he did not like
This made 32 little squares.
YOU WILL NEED:
2 tablespoons chopped de-seeded fresh red chili (about 2 medium chillies)
60 ml extra virgin olive oil
2 (250 g) packets halloumi cheese, sliced medium-thin ( just under half a cm)
juice of quarter lemon
YOU WILL NEED TO:
1 – Mix the chopped chilli and olive oil in a small bowl or cup and leave the flavours to deepen while you cook the cheese.
2 – Put the slices in a non-stick frying pan for this, without any oil, and just give the cheese slices about 2 minutes a side until they’re golden-brown in parts.
3 – When all the slices of halloumi are cooked, transfer them to a couple of small plates. Give the chilli oil a stir, spoon it over the cheese, then give a spritz of lemon.