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Tempura Haloumi

So we went on a little vacay to Byron Bay a few weeks ago. We ate loads of yummy food while we were away but it seemed the 'dish of the trip' was tempura haloumi.

We had a delicious version of this cheesy deep fried goodness at Kinoko in Byron Bay (a Japanese restaurant that I highly recommend!) And again at Chihuahua- a tacqueria just down the arcade from Kinoko- a Mexican spin that had us salivating.

So I resolved to make the dish when we got home and this is the golden, deep fried gloriousness that I came up with...

You will need...
250gr block of haloumi cheese, rinsed and sliced into 1cm thick pieces
1 cup plain flour, sieved
1/4 tsp bicarbonate soda
1 cup soda water, chilled
3-4 ice cubes
1 egg, white only
Peanut/canola oil for frying

1. Pour the soda water into a large bowl, add the ice cubes.
2. Add the egg white and whisk lightly to combine (you will get a fluffy white foam on the top)- only mix briefly.
3. Sift the flour and bicarbonate soda onto the sod…

Grilled Chicken with Quinoa, Chickpeas, Roast Pumpkin and Lemon Basil Dressing

You will need...
2 large chicken breasts, butterflied and flattened to an even thickness
salt & pepper
olive oil

For the Quinoa..
1 cup uncooked white quinoa
1 tin chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1/2 brown onion, finely diced
2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
1 large red chilli, deseeded and finely diced
1 large lemon, zest and juice.
1/2 tsp each of dried basil, thyme and oregano
handful fresh baby spinach

For the Roast Pumpkin..
1/2 large butternut pumpkin, peeled, deseeded and diced into 1.5cm cubes
2 garlic cloves, left with skin on and flattened
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp dried rosemary or thyme

For the Dressing...
1 lemon, juiced
2 sprigs fresh basil, finely diced (or use the stuff in the tube-pre chopped-about 1 Tbs worth)
1/4 cup olive oil
salt & pepper


Preheat oven to 200 degrees celsius fan-forced. Roast the pumpkin in a shallow baking tray with paprika, herbs, whole garlic cloves, salt and pepper and a generous drizzle of olive oil until golden brown and cook…