A super-quick store-cupboard/fridge-raid supper – Kasza and Lentil Salad with Griddled Courgette and Halloumi.
Hello! It has been a long time since I have sat down to share a simple recipe, without the pressures of looming deadlines. I am pleased to say that despite possibly the busiest six months of my entire life – renovating our home and writing a book (squeeeeeel, yes, a real book commissioned by Pavilion Books with plenty of exciting news to come, soon, I promise!) and keeping up with commissioned work – that I have reached the point when I can actually breathe and….relax! Perhaps as a result of my extreme tendency to over-commit, I also managed to convince myself that blogging simply took too long and hence, there has been something of a blogging block. So tonight, despite the extreme heat, and following an afternoon of watching ‘Top Cat Begins’ in the comfort of a nice, cool, dark cinema with the kids, I decided to come home and leap into action. I challenged myself to cook supper, photograph it and blog it within one hour. So far, I’ve reached 43 minutes, so as long as I don’t waffle on for too much longer, I may possibly have succeeded…
This is quite simply a super-quick store cupboard/fridge-raid supper, promoted by a thread in one of my favourite Facebook Groups within my Polish community of what we all have in our store cupboards as staples.
I took a look in my cupboard and found the following:
- a tin of cooked green lentils
- a packet of Polish kasza (this is a type of cracked barley from my local Polish deli, but you can use any grain, such as buckwheat, bulgar or even cous cous),
- a packet of Vegeta (Polish vegetable bouillon) but you can use a stock cube,
- some rapeseed oil
- cumin powder
- poppy seeds and nigella seeds.
In the fridge I found:
- a packet of halloumi cheese
- one, lonely courgette
- an equally lonely tomato.
This is what I made:
This salad serves 2 as a main course in the sunshine with a nice glass of wine, or 4 if taken to a BBQ.
I’m linking this up to Simple and in Season July, hosted by Katie at Feeding Boys over here (courgette and tomato) and to Credit Crunch Munch hosted by Linzi at Lancashire foodie, alternating with Camilla at Fab Food 4 All and Helen at Fuss Free Flavours.
Here are some more summer salads you may like:
- A Polish-Inspired Beetroot Salad with Apples, Radish and Dill
- British Asparagus, Spinach, Beetroot and Halloumi Salad
- Roasted Summer Vegetables with British Goat’s Cheese