Coconut milk, coriander and jalapeno marinated Halloumi with figs
I have had a fuzzy couple of weeks, but bizarrely there has been some good to come out of this fog.
I have been in limbo between throat infection and glandular fever. I, the immunity hero who only suffered a single bout of flu in 5 years (it ended up being swine flu) have been down with more illnesses in the last two years than in the first entire lifetime. I blame serious exhaustion.
I fell asleep on the sofa today, before lunchtime, for an entire 13 minutes. I know some of you are thinking, ‘I wish I could have a quick nap in the middle of the day’ but wait. I have been known to knock out when I am not supposed to. I have done in lectures, even the postgraduate ones that were being paid for by the workplace at the risk of it being fed back to my employers, but I blame Saturday lectures for that. I have fallen asleep in meetings at work, especially the ones about the IT infrastructure, even when it concerned my pricing policies, but I blame the dimly lit rooms for that. I have fallen asleep in the toilets at work (I closed the lid first) and have been late for meetings. Not much that I can blame for that one. It goes without saying that I have fallen asleep on the trains but surprisingly I have never missed my station.
But none of these badly-timed snoozing incidences have caused the chaos that 13 minutes in front of the telly, in my own living room caused today.
In the 13 minutes (with cartoons on the TV) my Tasmanian devil drew one the wall next to the bay window, tore up my recipe notes, emptied an entire kitchen cupboard onto the floor, filled up the tall kitchen bin with items that it certainly did not want to eat, unraveled two toilet rolls onto the cloakroom floor and every single toy car that my boy owns was strewn around the living room floor.
Stay awake. Stay awake. Stay awake. Stay awake.
Coconut is refreshing and quenching and smells so lifting and holiday like. I need a holiday, wonder if that will happen this lifetime? Coriander, green and renewing and with the jalapeno, it is so balanced. The fleshy figs are gentle and some say they are an aphrodisiac but clearly the mess-clearing isn’t, see…balance. If there is ever a ‘wake-up’ dish, it’s this one.
Ingredients to serve 2
A can of coconut milk
30g coriander, coarsely chopped
2 tbsp. chopped jalapeno peppers
1 tsp. galangal puree
2 figs, sliced
About 200g Halloumi, cut into 8 slices
- Blitz the coriander and jalapenos together and mix the puree with the coconut milk and the galangal
- Combine the spiced coconut milk with the sliced Halloumi and keep it in the fridge for a couple of hours
- Once marinated, place the Halloumi on a hot non-stick pan with roughly half the coconut milk mixture and cook until the juices have dried and the Halloumi has browned. Then flip the Halloumi over, add the other half of the spiced coconut milk and brown again
- Serve hot with the figs and some of the left over coconut milk paste as a dressing.
I am sharing this recipe with Lavendar and Lovage for the cooking with herbs challenge