Monday, April 15, 2013

Chow Down to Eurovision 2013 - Cyprus

Hello this is Nicosia calling, we have made it to Cyprus. If you thought I was a bit harsh about not using beetroot from a can in Moldova, wait till you find out today's haloumi isn't from a packet. I started making cheese about 3 years ago, camembert, parmesan, mozzarella, ricotta and I am still alive. In the beginning I followed the instructions to the letter and sterilised the whole kitchen till not a single germ survived. After I'd seen numerous YouTube clips of cheese making old school in the villages where the goat was in the kitchen while the making was going on I relaxed my processes a touch. It is much easier than you would imagine but it does take a bit of patience as I had to wait 9 months for a parmesan to mature, not exactly fast food. This is the link to the recipe I use so if you're keen you can make the whole thing from scratch.

Our Eurovision hit of days gone by is the first Cypriot entry in 1981. They came 6th out of 20 countries, not bad for a first attempt.

Todays offering is very simply as I figured after making the cheese from scratch we could have a night off. I cooked the haloumi 3 ways, 1 was on the grill press, 2 was under the gas grilled and 3 was deep fried. No points for guessing which was the best one, who doesn't like some fried cheese.

Haloumi Trio
  • 3 blocks of Haloumi sliced into 1-2cm lengths
  • 1 egg
  • seasoned flour
  • canola oil for frying
  • 1 lemon cut into wedges
  • 2 cups of rocket
  • Olive oil to dress
  • Sprigs of oregano

  • Divide the number of pieces of haloumi evenly for the different cooking methods (optional you could just fry it all)
To Fry
  • Crack the egg into a bowl and beat well
  • Put about 1 cup of seasoned flour into a another bowl
  • Dip the haloumi into the egg and then coat with the flour
  • In a large fry pan of hot oil fry the haloumi till golden brown about 2 minutes
  • Place cook haloumi on a plate to drain off excess oil
To Grill
  • Place haloumi on an oven tray and place under a high grill for about 5 minutes, check that it doesn't brown too much
To Press Grill
  • Spray grill with oil
  • Place haloumi on grill with lid closed
  • Grill for about 5 minutes
To assemble
  • Spread rocket on a board
  • Place the different haloumi around the board
  • Scatter lemon wedges
  • Sprinkle oregano
  • Drizzle with olive oil

The lovely Despina Olympiou will head to Malmö to perform her song An Me Thimasai.
Kali Teekhee!

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