Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Haloumi, peach and pepper salad for a long weekend

We have just enjoyed the Labour Day long weekend.  It was filled with outdoor ballet at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, a ukelele festival, a children's party and a visit to the pool.  There wasn't a lot of energy leftover so we mostly ate light easy meals.  Like this excellent haloumi peach and pepper salad I found on The Kitchen Maid.

Firstly here are a few other meals.  I made a Tangy Cashew Cheese as part of my recipe testing for Ricki Heller.  It was amazing with tofu bacon and tomato on sourdough toast.

I took some cashew cheese along to our picnic before the ballerinas floated on stage in their tutus. We also had tofu bacon, hummus, rice crackers, vegie sticks and lentil koftas.  I also made some hedgehog and chopped up some plums and watermelon for dessert.  It was a coolish night but picnics and performances at the Myer Music Bowl are always fun.  Even if Sylvia sometimes seemed to enjoy the bats overhead more than the ballet on stage.

Then continuing with recipe testing, I tried some broccoli lemon pesto.  It went onto one of the odder pizzas I have made.  It was a plain old cheese and tomato sauce pizza but the toppings had gone a little dry.  I also put some pink food dye in the dough for fun.  I had put it in the freezer last week.  On the weekend I defrosted it, heated it up on a frypan, added cashew cheese, the pesto, chopped lentil koftas and fried cherry tomatoes.  Not at all traditional but I enjoyed it.

On one lunchtime I made sushi for Sylvia.  I included some avocado in a few for me.  I had bought some haloumi especially for The Kitchen Maid's salad.  It had appealed to me because I love peaches and red capsicum (or peppers), I need encouragement to eat more haloumi and the mint in my garden is often neglected.

It was a doddle to fry it up and chop some vegies.  I think I was a bit heavy handed with the lemon.  It was quite sharp on the peaches but they were perfectly juicy and just right with the salty squeaky haloumi.  Peaches in salad isn't E's sort of thing but he didn't mind.  He was mostly preoccupied with the ukelele festival.

Sylvia and I didn't have much energy or time for the ukelele festival this year but we did pay a visit and see Northcote High Street filled with people wandering about with ukeleles.  It is a great atmosphere.  We enjoyed seeing E play and checking out the ukelele art.

There was another reason that I was glad the salad made for a great quick lunch.  Just after lunch I needed my energy when Sylvia experimented with putting a coin in the CD player.  There was much gnashing of teeth and poking about in the player.  We have been finding alternative ways of playing CDs the last few days but E finally couldn't bear it today and after more fiddly work, he has got it working again.  Hurrah!

I am sending this salad to Jacqueline's Bookmarked Recipes event.

Previously on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
One year ago: Tomato pomegranate vinaigrette and a long weekend
Two years ago: Ukes, Labour Day and Pumpkin facon soup
Three years ago: CC Dried fruit and coconut balls
Four years ago: Bread and Roses for International Women’s Day
Five years ago: WTSIM… Pineapple and Banana Chutney
Six years ago: MM Vegetable nut crumble

Haloumi, peach and pepper salad
Adapted from The Kitchen Maid
Serves 1

90g halloumi, sliced into 1/2 cm-thick pieces
1 ripe peach, sliced into wedges
1/2 red pepper, sliced
small handful of fresh mint
squeeze of fresh lemon juice (I used half a lemon and it was quite sharp)
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil, or thereabouts
grind of black pepper

Fry the haloumi on a non-stick frypan until it is golden brown on each side.  Cool slightly and toss with remaining ingredients.

On the stereo:
This is Hardcore: Pulp

18 comments:

  1. Halloumi is such a great salty cheese for salads! I love that you paired it with some sweeter ingredients for contrast.

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    1. Thanks Joanne - I wish I used haloumi more - it is not something I buy regularly but it is delicious with peaches - which will soon be out of season - sob!

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  2. Haloumi is such a versatile cheese. An interesting combo with peaches. Great to hear that you went to the ukelele festival. The inner northern suburbs of Melbourne have such vibrant evemts.

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    1. Thanks Francesca - yes there is always something on in Melbourne's inner north and the atmospher in Northcote during the festival was great

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  3. I spotted your delicious looking salad on foodgawker--now I'm even more excited for it to be summer here so I can give it a try!

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    1. Thanks Sarah - I am quite happy to have some cooler weather for autumn but how I will miss the stone fruit

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  4. This salad looks really good. LOL at Sylvia preferring the bats to the ballerinas.

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    1. Thanks Cakelaw - the bats are fun and I think Sylvia gets a buzz out of being out at night because it is rare for her but the ballerinas were really lovely

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  5. What a beautiful summery salad. I love the combination of sweet peaches with the saltiness of the haloumi. And I have to say I love your toadstool cake - gorgeous! xx

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    1. Thanks Charlie - yes brilliant idea - and Lucy at the kitchen maid had an amusing story of how she came by it

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  6. Pink pizza! And I am glad you made it to the ballet :) I am impressed with your neat sushi too. Mine is never so inclined...

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    1. Thanks Kari - yes the pink pizza was a wee bit whimsical - I am planning to write more about my sourdough pizza base I have been using. And I find sushi far easier to roll with very little in it

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  7. Beautiful and colourful!

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  8. A coin in the CD player would have driven me scatty! Interesting flavour combinations here :)

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    1. Thanks Tandy - it was far worse than a little toy that was posted in the video recorder a few years back - I think technology gets more sensitive (though I sometimes think how careful we had to be dancing to records when young because they would scratch)

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  9. I love the flavours in your salad. It's so summery and healthy and over here we're just enjoying the beginning of some spring weather so it's exactly the type of thing I feel like eating.

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  10. I’ve been seeing a lot of tester dishes for Ricki Heller lately - and that tangy cashew cheese looks pretty good on toast, esp the broccoli lemon pesto! I need to make some pesto now!

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