When did halloumi become so popular?

Talk to your parents or grandparents about halloumi cheese and they may not know much about it. For those who don’t know, probably not many, it’s a Cypriot semi-hard, unripened brined cheese made from a mixture of goat’s and sheep’s milk. But with it now holding a spot on many restaurants’ menus, when did it become so popular here in the UK? It’s hard to say but it’s largely come from the gourmet burger market, whereby popular brands began adding it to some of their burgers. This squeaky cheese can now be found on most menus, but the likes of GBK and Nandos played a part in its revival here in the UK. That said, Greek and Cypriot food is more popular and easier to find now, so supermarkets played...

Perfecting a Tuna Pasta Bake

The tuna pasta bake is without a doubt the unsung hero of the kitchen when stock begins to get low. With just a few basic ingredients you can whip up a happy and healthy tuna pasta bake but we’re going to tell you how to take it that step further. First things first, get the right ingredients. For a truly authentic flavour, we recommend you include large pasta shells, 1 brown onion, olive oil, 2 garlic cloves, chopped tomatoes, olives, drained tuna, mozzarella and parmesan. Not many people boil their pasta first but we recommend you do, and take it out when it’s tender to drain. Once the pasta has drained and cooled, leave it to one side and start frying the onion and olives. When the onions start to...

Eating out and staying healthy

Many people live a lifestyle that requires them to eat out, including nomads and travellers. Eating is out all the time isn’t necessary a bad thing – if you’re eating the right type of foods. Take Thailand as an example. It’s a popular country for gap year explorers and it’s brimming with healthy dishes. You can have chicken noodle soup and curries, whilst there’s no end of mushrooms, beansprouts, carrots, coconut and other healthy fruits and vegetables. Travelling and eating out goes hand in hand; it’s part of the adventure, but you have to keep an eye on the food you are eating and make sure you are not overdoing it. Eating burgers, chips, kebabs and pizza constantly will do some damage in the long run, so be sure to...

Avocado and Eggs – A healthy way to start the day

You can’t get a much healthier breakfast than Avocado and eggs. This simple dish is easy to whip up and it includes plenty of healthy fats and lots of protein. Making the dish is pretty easy, you simply slice the ripe avocado into two segments, remove the pip and bake in the oven for around 20 minutes. Once cooked, simply place a raw egg into the hole where the avocado pip used to be. Go for one egg per segment and then place the dish in the microwave for  around 30 seconds. Once complete, you should have a delicious cooked egg yolk sitting happily in the avocado. Then all you need is a touch of salt and some ketchup or brow sauce as a tangy side. This healthy breakfast can...

Tips on How to Save Money on your Wedding Marquee Hire in the UK

When you are holding your wedding in the UK, you have a lot of expenses to cater for. This is because there are a lot of costs that you have to incur in order for your wedding to be a success. So, when you are looking for a marquee hire, you need to look for ways that you can save some money in the process. To assist you in the process, here are some tips on how to save on wedding marquee hire. Perform thorough shopping It is important that you get estimates from five to seven marquee hire suppliers to find out the one offering the best deal in terms of prices. Do comparisons of similar ones because they differ in size, quality and many other factors. Make sure...

Are cups of tea good for you?

The average British person drinks somewhere between 4 and 10 cups of tea a day. That’s a lot of tea! The good news is that the amount of caffeine is small in tea so this makes it a healthier alternative to coffee. So in short the answer is yes, tea can be good for you. Obviously drinking water is a better way to hydrate your skin, however, tea is a good alternative and It’s full of antioxidants, so it can also help you lose weight. It is also said that drinking tea can reduce the chances of developing type 2 diabetes by up to 25 per cent if three or four cups are consumed a day. So while tea may not be as healthy as water on its own, it...

Ham and Cheese Sandwiches – You can’t go wrong

Ham and cheese sandwiches are so versatile. You can whip up a hot ham and melted cheese sandwich with toasted bread, soft bread, pita bread or a ciabatta to name a few. There are so many different cheeses you can use too, whether that’s mature cheddar, brie, blue cheese or Red Leicester to name a few. Then there’s the ham, you can choose unsmoked, smoked or ham hock, whilst the salad could include lettuce, pickles, chili, spring onion or pretty much anything you fancy. Then there’s the making of the sandwich, you can melt it in the microwave, heat up the bread and ham and then put the cheese on. You can then melt the cheese and spoon it into the sandwich. There’s so much you can do and that’s...