Zucchini and Halloumi Fritters

I have a thing for fritters. It developed in 2019. My love of them came as a surprise, and arose because:

  1. Ottolenghi has numerous recipes for fritters, and I love Ottolenghi.
  2. I evaluated Hello Fresh for 2 months or so, and they include lots of delicious fritters. (You might have caught my evaluation of Hello Fresh on Twitter.)
  3. I have perfected my egg-replacement for fritters. Use 1 Tblspn chickpea flour, 1 Tblspn cream and 0.25 tspn or less of eno per egg. Add extra chickpea flour if the mixture is too wet. The flour is for binding, the cream for texture and the eno for lightness.

My Sister in Law made these halloumi fritters for a family meal and we made them again for part of the vegetarian component of our Xmas dinner in 2019. Both times they were an absolute hit with vegetarians and non-vegetarians. You will love them and they are so easy to make yet packed with texture and flavour.

The recipe is in Nopi, the cookbook from one of Ottolenghi’s restaurants – the one he had with Scully who has moved on to open his own restaurant. Note that I often massage Ottolenghi’s recipes to suit what is available from our garden and pantry. For the original recipes, check his books and his Guardian column.

These are often on Nopi’s breakfast menu, but were also served later in the day as a snack. As popularity grew they made it to the lunch and supper menus as well. You can make smaller ones as a nibble or canapé. I have had them wrapped in Chinese Moo Shu Pancakes with cucumber and spring onion, topped with a hoisin based sauce. DIVINE.

Similar recipes include Sweetcorn, Spring Onion and Chilli Pancakes, Cauliflower and Cumin Fritters, Aloo Tikki, Sweetcorn and Butternut Fritters, Herb and Walnut Fritters, Spinach Fritters and Pudla.

Browse our growing collection of Fritter recipes and our Halloumi dishes. Our Ottolenghi dishes from Nopi are here. We have written about our experiences cooking through Plenty More. Or explore our Early Summer recipes.

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Orzo and Eggplant Bake

Food in the oven always signals the arrival of Winter, no matter what the date is. Firstly I make the Rice Pudding that my Grandmothers and Mother made, baked until it forms a crusted top. This is followed by an array of baked dishes, many of them featuring pasta.

Today’s dish is a pasta one – using orzo, that rice shaped  pasta that is divine in salads too. It is a variation of an Ottolenghi recipe that I have converted to a vegetarian dish. It is quite divine! And easy to make with mostly common ingredients. If you don’t have the tamarind, leave it out. Or add a tspn dark miso.

Similar dishes include Three Cheese Eggplant Bake, Spinach and Toasted Orzo, Baked Pasta with Mozzarella, Baked Tomato Pasta Sauce, and Pasta Bake with Cabbage and Cheese.

Browse all of our Orzo recipes, all of our Baked Pasta dishes, and all of our Pasta recipes.

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Fig and Halloumi Salad

Fig season is mostly over, but I have a green grocer who knows where to get the latest of varieties of figs. You might know of a shop or tree that still has some sweet fruits as well.What a joy fig season is!

Pairing figs with halloumi makes a beautiful and substantial salad. The sweetness of the figs with the saltiness and rubbery texture of the halloumi is delightful. I know that you will enjoy it.

Are you looking for other Halloumi Recipes? Try Fig and Roasted Onion Salad, Halloumi and Orange Salad, Halloumi Pizza, and Halloumi and Watermelon Salad.

Or perhaps you are looking for Fig recipes. Try Fig Salad with Almond Butter Dressing, Gorgonzola and Figs, and Figs and Fresh Pecorino Salad.

Perhaps you would like to browse all Halloumi dishes, and all Fig dishes. Explore all of our Salads. Or simply spend some time browsing our Mid Autumn dishes.

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Jerusalem Artichokes with Halloumi and Basil Oil

A beautiful dish from Ottolenghi – one that takes time to produce a marvellous dish

Pottering in the kitchen today, I had a little more time so brought together Ottolenghi’s Jerusalem Artichoke recipe from his book Plenty. Simple to make, it takes just a little time as you need to roast the artichokes, make the charred tomatoes, blend up the basil oil and grill the halloumi. It appears a random combination of ingredients, but it is not so. A perfect combo of bitter, sour, sweet, crispy, crunchy, soft and creamy.

Sometimes bitter greens are not available, so I substitute nasturtium leaves which are always plentiful here. And some rocket leaves.

Are you after other Jerusalem Artichoke recipes? Try Jerusalem Artichoke and Cumin Salad. We have some others  planned, so check back here later for updates.

Or some Halloumi dishes? Try Halloumi and Orange Salad, Halloumi Pizza and Halloumi and Watermelon Salad.

Browse all of our Halloumi recipes, our Tomato recipes, and our Jerusalem Artichoke dishes. Explore all of 0ur Ottolenghi recipes. Or browse our Late Autumn dishes.

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What is Halloumi Cheese?

Also spelt Haloumi, this cheese was originally a Middle Eastern Bedouin cheese made from ewes’ and sometimes goats’ milk. It is long-keeping, tough and salty which made it ideal for the Bedouin way of life. It became very popular and spread to the Middle East, to Greece and Cyprus and throughout the world.

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SPRING into Salads | Seasonal Cooking

There is nothing better in Spring than sharing a salad – or two.

It is so exciting to have Spring appear, creeping around the corner as she does, not really making her presence felt, just a little warmer, a little sunnier day by day. Capricious too, bringing thunderstorms and hail one moment and radiant sunshine the next.

Today, in all her glory, Spring served up a magnificent day. The afternoon was spent with friends eating and communing, enjoying her magnificence under sprouting grapevines, tiny tomato plants in just a tad too early, herbs flourishing.

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Halloumi and Orange Salad | Two Variations

A lovely Sunday Brunch.

I love to be inspired by reading recipes. I truly do. But unless I am making something quite new I don’t always stick to a recipe. I think that we all have that tendency, right? Adapt to our tastes, and to whatever is in our pantry and fridge.

Today I read an old NZ recipe from the magazine Cuisine and thought, mmm, yes, a lovely Sunday Brunch. And then I made it my style. We give you the two versions today, so that you can see how to adopt and adapt from within a recipe framework.

Our similar recipes include Orange and Date Salad with Fennel Orange Dressing, Orange and Walnut Salad, Jerusalem Artichokes with Halloumi and Basil Oil, and Three Citrus Salad with Chilli and Ginger.

Or are you looking for Halloumi recipes? Try Halloumi and Watermelon Salad, and Halloumi Pizza.

Browse our collection of easy Salads, explore our orange recipes, and check out all of our recipes using Halloumi. Or have a look at our Late Spring dishes for even more inspiration.

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Three Recipes for Greek Grilled Cheeses

Buy your halloumi, kasseri and kashkaval fresh if you can, it does make a difference.

These recipes are suitable for a BBQ as well.

Feel free to browse other recipes from our Retro Recipes series. You might also liked our Halloumi recipes here.

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Grilled Vegetables on the BBQ | Quick Meals

The easiest way to use a BBQ.

The easiest thing to do with a BBQ, the thing that does not take any thinking or preparing, is simple grilled vegetables with, say, haloumi.

It’s for those nights when it is far too much to stir, cut, saute, blend, whiz, spice up, make tadkas. When the weather is nice it is perfect for a BBQ.

You might like to browse our other BBQ recipes here.

Our favourites are Roasted Carrots with Pomegranate Molasses , BBQ’d Vegetables with Peppery Dressing and Roasted Grapes.

If you haven’t see it already, take a look at Part 1 of this BBQ series to see Grilled Fennel with Lemon and Parmesan and Grilled Broccoli with Preserved Lemon and Part 2 of this BBQ Series to see Melty Cheese and Baked Bananas. Do browse the complete BBQ Series of recipes, there are so many more recipes including Baked Garlicky Eggplant, Baked Apricots, and Hot Tomato Salad. Find inspiration in our Winter recipes here.

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Haloumi Pizza with Oven Dried Tomatoes

From the market to the kitchen in Italian style.

Trawling the Farmer’s markets, the result was a full shopping bag topped with some sweet autumn cherry tomatoes, some rapé (rapini), and my favourite organic pizza dough. They came together in a pizza.

Similar recipes include Schiacciata, and Potato and Garlic Pizza.

Take a look at our other pizzas here, and a collection of tomato recipes here. Check out our oven dried tomatoes. Find inspiration in our Early Autumn recipes too.

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