Rainbow bowl with halloumi fritters, seed crackers & pea hummus.
BASIC INGREDIENTS (4 PEOPLE)
300g grain of choice: eg. couscous, brown rice, bulgur wheat, barley etc (cook in stock for extra flavour)
Fancy cheese of choice: goats, mozzarella, burrata, feta etc
Nuts of choice: cashews, pine nuts, walnuts etc
A nice vegetable of your choice (eg. asparagus, broccoli, leeks etc)
Small bunch of spring onions
1 small carrot
1/2 block of halloumi
1 tin of chickpeas
1 mug of frozen peas
Herbs & spices: small bunch parsley, small bunch mint, 1 small clove of garlic (or cheat), smokey paprika, chilli (fresh/dried/chipotle)
*For the seed breads you will need: 20g sesame seeds, 20g chia seeds, 30g pumpkin seeds, 50g sunflower seeds, 10g linseeds/flaxseeds*
LUXURY INGREDIENTS (OPTIONAL)
1 small pomegranate (see my hack on how to release the arils)
Tahini (don't buy especially, only if you have it lying around)
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Slice your vegetable of choice (asparagus, broccoli etc) · take out peas to defrost · drain chickpeas · chop parsley · grate carrot and halloumi · put oven on 160° · put on your grain to cook
Seeds and chickpeas
Into a bowl, weigh your seeds:
50g sunflower seeds
30g pumpkin seeds
20g chia seeds
20g sesame seeds
Mix with 120ml of water and set aside for 10-15 mins.
Tip out your drained chickpeas onto a baking tray, drizzle with olive oil and spices of your choice: a tablespoon of smoked paprika and chilli powder to taste is nice. Pop in the oven for around 10-12 minutes depending on how crispy you like them.
Put a wok/frying pan to heat to medium high with some olive oil. Stir fry your choice of vegetable until done to your liking. Set aside.
Choose 4 pretty serving bowls. Split the following delicious ingredients between the bowls and layer up:
Your grain of choice
3/4 of the parsley
Your stir fried veg
Quartered figs and pomegranate arils (if using)
Sliced spring onions
Toasted chickpeas (once done)
Line a baking tray with tin foil and generously oil the tin foil. Check your seeds mixture, the water should be mostly absorbed now. If there is any remaining, drain it off.
Dollop the whole lot onto the oiled tin foil. Use a spatula to thinly spread the crackers out. Squidge the edges together a little to make sure any rogue seeds are put back with the others.
Gently put into the oven and check after 20minutes. Depending on your oven, you may need another 10 mins. Let them cool a little and then crack off the tray.
Halloumi fritters prep
In the seed bowl (to save washing up), add your grated carrot and halloumi.
the remaining parsley
the zest of 1/2 lemon/lime
optional to add 1tbsp of sesame seeds
The mixture should be a little wet but not sloppy. Don't worry, as you cook these later, the cheese will melt and bind everything together! Set aside.
In your blender, whiz up:
defrosted peas (1 mug)
small handful of mint
2tbsp tahini (optional)
2 glugs olive oil
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Salt and pepper
Taste after blending, adding more of the above ingredients until you get the balance you like.
Finally, let's move on to the fritters, the best part of the meal ;)
Heat a non stick pan to medium with a touch of olive oil. Add a tablespoon of the mixture and use a spatula to flatten a little. As it heats the fritters will become delicious fritters - turn over when golden brown.
Don't overcrowd the pan or it will lower the temperature too much; you may need to cook them in batches. You can wrap them in a teatowel to keep warm.
Serve everything together and make sure you haven't forgotten any of the ingredients (check the oven, blender, kitchen sink...)
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Seed crackers from @quitegoodfood