Haloumi with Melon, MInt and Balsamic Syrup

Yes this sounds like a weird combo, but it’s lovely. Honest. The sweet, juicy melon contrasts well with the crisp, salty haloumi and the mint and balsamic syrup add another layer of taste depth to it (oooh get me, how pretentious does that last bit sound ). The balsamic was an addition suggested by my boy and it really works. He loves dipping his haloumi in to it.

For 2-3 people you need:
1 block haloumi, drained and patted dry
1/2 melon cut into bite sized chunks
1/2 tsp dried mint
1 tbsp balsamic syrup
1 red onion, cut into wedges

Cut the haloumi into thickish slices. Place on a hot griddle pan and fry till golden on both sides (about 8 mins). Fry the onions on the same griddle till lightly softened.

Once cooked, place the haloumi onto a plate and add the onion and melon. Sprinkle over the mint, season with pepper and then drizzle over the balsamic syrup.

Old School Melon Boats (v)

I ended up doing three starters yesterday as blue cheese has been giving me a frightful migraine recently 😦 So this was my starter, much to the disgust of L who wanted it for himself too…!

For one portion you need:
3 slices of melon
3 slices of orange
3 cocktail cherries
3 cocktail sticks
1/2 tsp ground ginger.

Lay the melon slices on a plate and slice the flesh from the skin. Cut into segments. Carefully thread the orange on to the cocktail stick and top with a cherry. Stick into the middle of the melon slice. Repeat. Dust with ground ginger. Feel like you’re stuck in the 1970s eating the height of novel and new cuisine…