Wednesday 7 February 2018


What shall we have for supper? (1)

I am neither a ‘foodie’ nor a dedicated cook and food programmes on television make me feel quite queasy, though strangely not when they are on the radio. However, I do have to feed my family (anything in number from 2 to 6 at present, but more if others of the clan come to visit) and while I am happy to have soup every day or jacket potatoes with beans and salad, there are mumblings of dissent from others. My family learnt long ago never to praise anything I had prepared because, lacking imagination/interest/time, I would then serve it at every opportunity. Kedgeree three days running does pall quickly, for example. Things have improved, that is to say, I have improved, though not markedly. Occasionally, though, I try something different and the following salad proved to be really quite tasty and filling and we’ve only had it twice since I discovered it on January 23rd. That’s not too bad, really, by my standards.

Grilled halloumi, avocado and papaya salad
Serves 2
Preparation: 15 min
Cook: 10 min
·         2 tbsp olive oil
·         1 papaya
·         2 limes
·         50g wild rocket
·         2 ripe avocados
·         1 tbsp capers
·         250g halloumi cheese

·          Halve the papaya lengthways, scrape out the seeds, remove the skin and slice or dice. Transfer to a bowl. 

·         Halve the avocados lengthways, twist apart, remove stone and skin. Slice chunkily.

·         Pile the avocado over the papaya and squeeze over 1 lime.

·         Add the capers. Pile the rocket on a platter, top with papaya mix.

·         When ready to serve, slice the halloumi quite thickly, smear with remaining oil. Heat a griddle or heavy-based frying pan and cook for a couple of minutes a side until griddle-etched or patched with brown. Transfer to the salad, squeeze over the remaining lime and serve.


  1. I have a limited index of recipies myself.....the hubs doesn't complain becase he doesn't want to cook.

    1. My husband is a very good cook and enjoys cooking - just doesn't do it every day.

  2. Certainly quick and easy. My salads are usually finely shredded coleslaw or a bowl of lettuce with tomato chunks, cucumber slices and a slosh of dressing. Very dull but super fast.

    1. Not dull, at all - very refreshing. Salad is my favourite food. We have salad most days as an accompaniment.

  3. In our house we can be both traditional and (slightly) adventurous cooks, both hubby and I like to cook. Winter is more about comfort food, slow cooked in oven or slow cooker. Salads husband refuses to eat in the winter! Your family and guests should be grateful for whatever you put on the table!

  4. My husband and son and two of our daughters are all good cooks and quite adventurous. They're very kind about my efforts!!

  5. Hi Janice - I like the idea of the salad, and though I eat salad everyday it's not something I'd think about serving for a winter supper. However ... I'll try this at some stage - take care and good luck with the food efforts ... so glad the others enjoy their foodie skills! Cheers Hilary

  6. Thank you, Hilary - I hope you will like it :-)


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