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Saturday 31 August 2019

Weekend Breakfast ( or Lunch ) Fry Up with Halloumi : LCHF

This is a great weekend breakfast or lunch and it fits right in with my LCHF menu plans … but have you heard of Halloumi? ( pronounced ha-loo-mee).

It's a semi-hard chewy, white cheese originating from Cyprus and made from cow's, goat's or sheep's milk, or a combination. It has a mild salty flavour and lends itself beautifully to cooking due to its firm texture which is retained even when cooked and exposed to high temperatures.
In good supermarkets and speciality stores.
Choose the best:
Cut into slices - the halloumi should 'squeak' as it is cut into.
Store it:
An unopened packet of halloumi will keep in the fridge for up to a year. Once opened store in salt water in the fridge.
Cook it:
Fantastic fried, grilled or barbecued. Added to salads or served with vegetables. Halloumi is often served with chopped mint to add flavour. Also goes well with finely chopped chilli.
Try mozzarella.
The above facts from here

Now onto this wonderful breakfast or lunch fry-up, surely one of life's simple pleasures! You can take a 'normal' fry up to the next level by adding some halloumi - after all everything's better with cheese - wouldn't you agree!

Serves Four
2 tsp light olive oil
4 large flat mushrooms
4 tomatoes
250g halloumi
4 medium eggs
260g spinach
1. Heat 1 tsp olive oil in a large frying pan. Brush away any dirt on the mushrooms. Season with salt and pepper and place them, stalk-side down, in the pan. Cook for 3 minutes, turn, then cook for a further 5 minutes. Place on a tray and transfer to a warm oven.
2. Halve the tomatoes and remove the green 'eye' with a small, sharp knife. Season with salt and pepper, then place them cut-side down in the pan and cook without moving for 3 minutes. Gently turn over and season again. Cook for a further 2 minutes until tender, but still holding their shape. Transfer to the tray in the oven.
3. Slice the halloumi into 8 pieces and pat dry with paper towels. Add the remaining olive oil to the pan over a medium heat. When hot, add the halloumi and cook for 2 minutes without stirring, until the bottoms are well-browned. Turn the slices over and brown for a further 2 minutes. Transfer to the tray in the oven. 
4. Lastly, crack the eggs straight into the pan. If it starts to spit, turn down the heat slightly. Cook to your preferred stage, season and gently remove. While the eggs cook, pierce the bag of spinach several times and place on a non metallic plate. Cook in the microwave according to packet instructions and allow to stand for 1 minute. Transfer to a large bowl and squeeze out any excess liquid.
5. Once all the ingredients are cooked, serve on warm plates and enjoy with your choice of condiments.
Nutrition Details:
Each serving provides - 4.5g carbohydrate 3.3g fibre 27.1g protein 26.8g fat
Original recipe idea from here

You may also want to enjoy a tasty Halloumi, courgette (zucchini), green bean and tomato salad - you can see the recipe idea here
However you choose to use Halloumi, I hope you enjoy it...

Dear reader, you will find a variety of recipe ideas (and articles) within this blog, but please note, not all may be suitable for you. If you may have any food allergies, or underlying health issues these must always be taken into account. If you are a diabetic and not sure how certain foods may affect your blood sugars, test is best, i.e. use your meter. 

All the best Jan


Tom said...

...or diner too!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I've never heard of halloumi, but I LOVE cheese, so this sounds great and the egg is cooked perfectly for me, too.

Valerie-Jael said...

It's a very versatile and useful cheese. The fry-up looks yummy! Valerie

Sussi said...

Looks delicious!

CJ Kennedy said...

The picture is a very pretty presentation, but I'll skip the cheese.

JFM said...

Now I am hungry!
This looks and sounds delightful!

Happy Saturday!!!

Christine said...

The halloumi is a wonderful touch.

Pam said...

Oh my...looks good but my tummy would probably just handle the egg!

Jeanie said...

I've never heard of houlloumi but it does sound delicious. I love almost any kind of cheese!

Sami said...

I only got to taste halloumi a few years ago and I liked it. Have a nice weekend Jan

Chris Lally said...

Will put smiles on lots of faces! Thanks for the recipe:)

Sandy said...

Looks awesome, colorful and healthy. Never heard of the cheese, but I've not met a cheese I didn't like so will be on the look out for it. Thanks! You've always got new ideas.

Elephant's Child said...

It is too salty for me (or the ones I have tried). I do love a mushroom though. And spinach.

Mary Kirkland said...

I had Halloumi for the first time a few months ago and I liked it.

William Kendall said...

I've heard of it, but have never eaten it.

Our photos said...

Oh yes, that's nice !

Lee said...

That would be a great lunch for me today!

happyone said...

A great looking breakfast!!
No, have never heard of Halloumi. I'm sure I'd like it though.

My name is Erika. said...

This looks like a delicious dinner after a long busy day too.

DMS said...

Yum! This looks right up my alley! I will have to try. I don't believe I have ever had Halloumi. Thanks for sharing. :)

Teresa said...

Feliz tarde.

Gloria Baker said...

This looks absolutely delicious !! love it!

baili said...

so compelling and tasty it looks
thank you for recipe dear Jan
halloumi is new term to me but from your explanation i remember it from village where cow ,goats and buffalo were in almost each house

Snowbird said...

How I miss halloumi!xxx

Debbie said...

breakfast, my favorite meal of the day!!!