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...

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...

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...

Adding chocolate to an Indian curry

This may sound a little disgusting or potentially quite disturbing, but there are actually a number of curry recipes that include chocolate. Well, originally it would have ‘bean’ cocoa. Sorry about the pun. Cocoa beans make chocolate, and they are mainly used in curries as a sauce enhancement, helping to turn the sauce into a silky smooth substance with a vibrant, attractive colour. I’ve always found it to deepen the flavours somewhat too, especially if I use 90-100% dark chocolate. Depending on the region of the cocoa beans used in the chocolate bar, the flavour can be quite powerful, so I recommend you only ever gate a tablespoons worth, otherwise the chocolate can dominate too much and ruin the flavours of the spices. Fans of Mole Chilli will be able...

Cheese on toast with a Mexican twist

Cheese on toast is the ultimate breakfast, well the second ultimate breakfast after an English fry up. We like our a little hotter than most, and we’ve come up with some helpful tips to make cheese on toast with a Mexican twist. You’ll need crushed chili flakes, jalapenos, mature cheddar cheese and two slices of bread. Toast the bread first, and then cover it in grated mature cheddar cheese. Place it under the grill and as it begins to melt add your chili flakes and jalapenos. They’ll then begin to sink into the cheese, giving it the spicy kick. As the peppers cook through and soften, the cheese will begin to turn golden, and that’s when it’s time to take it out. Serve with a drizzle of tobacco and viola.

Making a perfect cheeseburger

The best food can often be the most simple. That’s certainly the case with cheeseburgers and we’re going to give you some top tips. Buy quality mince. Don’t add anything to the meat other than salt and pepper. Make large patties so they’re not too thin. Cook them on a griddle and treat the burgers like a steaks. We reccomend medium. Melt the cheese on the burger when the cooking time (5 minutes or so) is coming to an end. Slice your toppings so they’re nice and thin. Always toast the bun. Coat each side in ketchup. Never forget the pickle. Serve with homemade fries So many people add egg, flour or onions to their burger mix but there really isn’t any need. If you follow our ten steps you’ll...

Christmas Pudding Alternatives

Not everybody likes the taste of Christmas pudding; it’s a bit like marmite. Half the people seem to love it, and the other half seem to despise it, so it’s always good to have alternative ideas brewing. Chocolate cake coated in a rich chocolate sauce is always going to go down a treat on Christmas day. It’s all about indulgent food, and there’s nothing more sickly and satisfying than a slice of chocolate cake. Another option is a classic trifle. Who can say not to jelly, custard and fruit? It’s jolly and easily dressed up as a festive dessert with layers of red and white! One final option is a chocolate log. Swirls of chocolate sponge and cream never seem to go down a miss, and you can always add...