“Halloumi is like walking on snow in your mouth”
Fanch Ar Moenner
I have been selling cheese for over 15 years… Yes, 15 years, pretty sure. As I have escalated and passed to the “Super Wise Man’s” gap of forty ( I am cool with that) and I am still getting to grips with what life is throwing at me. Bring it on, you old bitch, you have given me so many challenges before my worrisome nature turned into a “whatever” attitude… Saying that, the older I get, and apart from the ecological impact on our Blue Home, I am growing less and less attracted to meat and fish. I have always had a huge sense of philanthropy, I love people in general and see the best in them.
In the meantime, I think most people are ignorant fools who try to fill their existences with meaningless and pointless narcissistic behaviours; don’t worry, somehow, and since my psychological profile is programmed to do the same, all I can do, as a personal reward, is to become a better man. I suffer from a need to help people, empathy toward mankind and animals. Some people call it ” anthropomorphism”, when you paste and copy human empathy and feelings onto other humans or animals… That is where I am at in my life, right now, it feels pretty good if not conflicting and a bit lonely.
Anyhow, and before I drift onto darker spheres, I’ve realised, while fresh snow last week was covering the Northern half of the Isle of Ireland, that I have never tried Halloumi. I know right?! The first time I have tried it, it was a couple of years ago, very briefly – made in Cyprus- it said. My first impression was like eating fried egg whites; I was hungry and it did the trick.
One shouldn’t stay on a first impression so I decided to make a wee salad; oven roasted raw beetroot with halloumi and blood oranges; before I served the whole thing, here is the way it went…
- 1 raw beetroot peeled and wedged
- 200g of Halloumi
- 2 Blood Oranges
- a handful of spinach leaves
- Sea salt
- 1/2 the juice of a blood orange
- Olive oil
Peel the beetroot and shred the halloumi. Let the beetroot wedges bake for 10 minutes, then add the cheese. Bake for a further 20 to 30 minutes. Once roasted, put the leaves of spinach on top and cook for another 5 minutes in the oven. Before serving, splash a bit of soya sauce a squeeze 1/2 the juice of a blood orange. Use your hands or a couple of spatulas and toss the salad in the tray. Serve in a bowl.
Keep Well and eat happy