Today is the beginning of my week long summer vacation. It came a bit late but it is still very welcome. I haven't spent so little time at the cottage as I have this year because of my busy bee schedule. I had a long string of most inspiring photo shoots and articles to tackle, packed in a couple weeks time. I'm now in much smoother waters with my schedule, and still enjoying the energy boost of the busy work period and the upcoming change of season.
The fall has to wait still for a while, so I have time for my little summer getaway to the cottage. This week will be all about my favorite things here: picking berries and wild flowers, making food on a table outside, sleeping in pitch black with no street lights and avoiding the frogs on the stepping stones in the dark.
No other summer dish is more simple and at the same time absolute perfection than grilled halloumi cheese and fresh strawberries. Halloumi is a traditional cheese originally from Cyprus that is great for grilling because it doesn't melt easy like other types of cheese. For this dish in addition to a block of halloumi and a bowl of strawberries, you'll only need your favorite mix of lettuce and herbs. If your local store stocks balsamic syrup, it really makes this dish work on a new level.
Ingredients (serves 3-4)
- a block of halloumi (around 7 oz/200g)
- 4 cups (1 liter) strawberries, halved
- a bowl of lettuce mix
- balsamic syrup
(-vegetables for grilling)
Prepare the lettuce toss and cut the strawberries in halves. Grill sliced halloumi on a grill or a grill pan on a stove. Flip the cheese slices when they have nice dark stripes from the rack or pan. It's pretty quick, so keep an eye on them. The halloumi is ready to serve when it's heated all the way through and has good color.
Lift the slices on a platter with strawberries and lettuce. Dress with balsamic syrup. A great way to to make the meal more filling, is to serve the platter accompanied with grilled vegetables. My favorite add-ons are onions and zucchini. Just cook everything before the halloumi, it's best served warm straight off the grill.