Halloumi pitta sandwiches

You can’t see it, but there’s halloumi in this [too] ambitious sandwich.
These sandwiches are impossible to eat without making a mess, but they’re really delicious. The first time my partner made them, I requested we had them again the next day! 😋

We normally make them as rolls, using tortilla wraps, but today I was feeling innovative and went for pitta breads.

Ingredients

  • Halloumi cheese
  • Cucumber
  • Tomatoes
  • Lettuce (romaine)
  • Mint leaves
  • Pitta bread or tortilla wraps or similar
  • Olive oil
  • Optional: olives for extra juiciness

Preparation

Slice the halloumi and fry it in a pan until it takes some colour. Initially it might be quite watery, the colour will start showing up once the water evaporates. Then leave aside.

In parallel, have a veggie washing and slicing party. It should eventually look like this, ready to be assembled in your bread or tortilla:

Captain Obvious says: If you’re using pitta breads, you’ll have to slice them open before you put the ingredients in ✌🏻

Place the flattest ingredients first: cucumber, halloumi. Then the rest.

Add a little olive oil, and they’re ready to be eaten!

This is such a great combination of amazing flavours. Also, I will use this opportunity to say that halloumi cheese is one of the best things in Earth 🌟🌍🌟 … possibly one of humankind’s greatest achievements too!

Chickpea salad

I was feeling really lazy today so I decided to use a can of chickpeas instead of cooking lentils to prepare tomorrow’s lunch box. I feel that chickpeas go really well with cumin seeds.

Preparation time

I’d say 15 minutes. This is super easy to toss together as the ingredients don’t need much preparation; it’s just a matter of washing and slicing.

Ingredients

  • Chickpeas (obviously); you can make about 2 salads with one 400 g tin
  • Salad leaves – any type you like, although I prefer a crunchy sweet romaine for this
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Sweet red pepper (raw)
  • Olives
  • Feta cheese
  • Cumin seeds ~about half a teaspoon
  • Pine nuts
  • The best olive oil you can find
  • Salt
  • Pepper

of course, feel free to add or remove whatever you like or dislike… this is a salad, not a cake! For example, remove the feta cheese if you want to make this vegan.

Preparation

  1. Wash and shake the water off the ingredients
  2. Slice lettuce in manageable sizes but don’t go too thin or it becomes too bland
  3. Slice the tomatoes in half (if they’re cherry), or a bite sized portion if they’re bigger
  4. Slice cucumber, red pepper…
  5. Add olives and feta to taste
  6. If you have mortar and pestle, you could smash the cumin seeds a bit as that opens up the flavour, otherwise I often don’t even bother and just add them as they are. Be careful to not to add too many or you’ll end up annoyed by their “crunchiness”
  7. Sprinkle with pine nuts if that’s your thing
  8. Generously add olive oil
  9. And add salt and pepper to taste
  10. Mix everything nicely!

Note: If you’re preparing this for the next day, don’t add the oil yet, or it will make everything mushy. Wait until when you’re actually going to eat the salad to then add the olive oil.

Other options

This also goes nicely with some sliced parsley, if you have it handy.

Also, if your partner is on a business trip (like mine) and you really want some kick in your taste buds, you could [sort of finely] slice a garlic clove and mix it with the salad at the time you add the olive oil. You might need to add a touch more salt to make the garlic really stand out.

It really makes the whole experience quite… intense. I really like the combination of cumin seeds, olive oil and chickpeas with the garlic.

I only do this when I’m home alone, and I’d never bring a garlic salad to the office out of respect for my coworkers. Who knows, someone might be a vampire and my post-salad breath would knock them out! 😂

Who wants to ingest garlic pills to boost your immunity when you can just eat a garlic clove? 🔥😜🔥