A Vibrant Halloumi & Quinoa Salad

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Quinoa is one of my favourite grains   I wanted to make a vibrant colourful and extremely tasty salad dish as the sun is out here in the UK and wanted something fresh and light to keep me going all day.  This particular recipe has done exactly that! I have not had to snack on anything since I had it at lunch and I’ve just finished my dinner so it really works!

A few steps to prep and then just to mix all together, voila!  You have your healthy salad for the day.

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INGREDIENTS

1 small cup quinoa cooked
Halloumi pan fried and diced
1 medium cucumber diced finely
2 tomatoes diced
4 spring onions slice
1 tin sweet corn drained
Baby spinach sliced
Salt to taste
Cayenne pepper
1 tsp cumin & coriander powder
Lemon juice to taste

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METHOD

I fry the halloumi cheese by thinly slicing and then placing into a hot non stick pan with olive oil.  Fry off on both sides until golden brown

Place all the ingredients into a large bowl.  Mix thoroughly so everything is fused together

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Ready to serve…How simple was that?

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Spicy Lentil & Halloumi Stuffed Parathas

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Lentils and chapatis are very much part of the staple Indian diet. I’m always finding ways to make food easier to eat and more exciting for my two boys! I’ve never made lentil stuffed parathas so I thought I would give it a go. But now, it wouldn’t be a Shivaay Delights recipe if it didn’t have that fusion twist.

So here it comes ~ Halloumi, yes I said Halloumi! I’ve now ventured into Greek & Indian fusion! OMG! it worked! The saltiness of the halloumi and the texture combination with the spicy lentils is gooood!

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At first it tastes very Indian and it is only after I mentioned to my Husband that the parathas had halloumi in it, did he realise. Do try them out and let me know what you think.

Have a tremendous Tuesday! Much love D x

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METHOD

150g red lentils
1 garlic clove crushed
½ tsp cumin & coriander powder
¼ tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp sambhar powder
Pinch of salt
100g grated halloumi cheese

For the dough
3 cups chapati flour
1 tbsp sunflower oil
1 cup boiling water

Flour for rolling
Oil for shallow frying the parathas

INGREDIENTS

• Boil lentils in double the amount of water, simmer on a medium heat, add the garlic, seasoning and spices stir well

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• Keep cooking on a low heat until nearly all the water is evaporated and your left with a dry crumbly lentil filling

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Add the halloumi cheese and mix well

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• Meanwhile make the dough. In a large mixing bowl combine the flour and oil to resemble bread crumbs

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Carefully pour in the boiling water, using a fork bring the dough together and once your happy to handle it, start to knead. Use a little oil and work the dough for 5 minutes

• Take a palm full of dough about the size of a golf ball and roll out on a floured surface to approx 4cm in diameter. Get a teaspoon full of lentil masala, roll into a ball and place in the middle of the paratha round. Sprinkle with a little plain flour and then bring the dough up to seal the filling inside

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• Flour the uncooked paratha ball and gently roll out to approximately an 8cm disk, using flour to avoid sticking. You may find that the filling may try to escape so press back in again and roll out

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• Preheat a large non stick frying pan on a medium heat and dry cook the first layer of the paratha, wait for a couple of minutes then turn. At this stage use a little oil to cover the second layer. Cook until both sides are golden brown and well done

• Repeat with the rest of the dough and filling

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Serve with some cool fresh natural yoghurt!
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Inspired Tabouleh

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I finally got my hands on some Quinoa and am so happy to have made it this year. As The Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) has officially declared that the year 2013 be recognised as “The International Year of the Quinoa.”

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I also had to make it after seeing Sylvia @ Superfoodista version of Faes @ Twist and Tango tabouleh. Both these fellow gorgeous foodie bloggers inspire me everyday! And I just love their recipes!

I didn’t have mint or parsley so used fresh coriander in its place. I must say it worked splendidly! Gave the tabouleh more of an Indian feel. My husband and I have liked this so much that we’ve now had it two days in a row!

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INGREDIENTS

50g Quinoa
200ml boiling water
3 spring onions chopped finely
1 tomato finely chopped
Handful of fresh coriander chopped
Fresh lemon to taste
1 tbsp olive oil
Pinch of chilli powder
Salt to taste
Pinch of sugar

METHOD

• Bring the quinoa to a boil in a small saucepan, then lower to a simmer and cover, cook for 15-18 minutes until tender

• Once cooked drain the quinoa and leave aside

• Combine the rest of the salad and seasoning together with the oil and lemon juice. Mix well and then add the quinoa

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• Leave for 30 minutes to marinate and serve with some pitta bread or in our case we had some whole grain crispbread with golden bits of shallow fried halloumi cheese

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Fae’s wonderful original tabouleh recipe
Superfoodista’s super healthy tabouleh recipe

Sunny Sunday Breakfast!

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It is now the end of September and we are still being treated to some wonderful bright and warm days. Aren’t we lucky? It should be raining and wind should be gusting around! But I am ever thankful for this stunning weather as we can still enjoy our long walks in the park. 

We head off around the path trail, knowing at the end of it we will be welcomed with a delicious hot English breakfast that awaits us and our tired feet.  I’ve had this particular breakfast twice now and it really feels like its been made in my own kitchen! I guess that’s why I keep coming back for more! 

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My 2 year old thinks that the salty halloumi cheese is paneer and gobbles both my grilled slabs of halloumi up! Along with my fried tomatoes! I hardly get a look in lol! But when I do! the halloumi goes so well with the whole traditional English breakfast.  I absolutely love the poached soft eggs they make at this café.  I so need to practice how to poach perfectly! That is on my to do list!

I only came across halloumi a few years ago in a vegetarian couscous wrap I had bought once for lunch.  I enjoyed it so much that decided to find recipes and cook with it.  One is my Roasted vegetable bake with pan fried halloumi

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I will be incorporating halloumi in a breakfast dish soon that will be sure to appear here!

So after a long walk, filling breakfast we are now back home and on with our Sunday…cleaning, cooking and chilling! The 3 C’s.
Have a restful day everyone! Love D xxxx

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Oh yes and I baked these blueberry, coconut and lemon squares yesterday for my best friend’s baby’s birthday party. They went down a treat!

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