All posts tagged: halloumi

Making Goat’s Cheese at Home

For those of you long-term Got to Be Gourmet readers (thanks for sticking by me!!), you might remember one of my very early blog posts about making halloumi at home. If not, you can take a read here (please excuse the low-res photos, it was a long time ago!). I made it with a handy kit from The Big Cheese Making Kit. Recently they got in touch again to ask if I’d be interested in trying out another one, and of course the answer was yes! The first time around my halloumi was a big success, which I was seriously surprised by considering I’d never attempted making any kind of cheese before. It did feel like a lot of effort but I was very proud to be able to dish up halloumi that I’d made with my own fair hands. The Goat’s Cheese Kit arrived with everything I needed to make the cheese – Step by step instructions (and a recipe booklet), Citric Acid, Organic Sea Salt, Butter Muslin, and a Dairy Thermometer. I just needed …

Discovering Barraka and Whichit in Spitalfields

I was recently invited by friend and fellow blogger Chris Osburn (aka Tiki Chris) to an eatery near Liverpool Street station called Barraka. There were two reasons for this event – firstly, to experience Barraka’s excellent food and hospitality, but also to learn about a new company called Whichit, who Chris has been working with, and I will discuss later in this post. The team at Barraka kindly hosted the evening and served up a number of dishes from their menu for us to try. The definition of ‘Barraka’ in Moroccan is ‘Blessing’ and the owner explained how it was always a tradition in his family to‘bless’ people with good energies and food. The cuisine served at Barraka is a fusion of cultures and influences, with wraps, baguettes and salads filled with everything from halloumi, to chorizo, to chicken schnitzel! They describe it as ‘Mediterranean Street Food Made Fresh’ which seemed spot on to me. They were also very keen to sing the praises of tahini, which I am all for! Houmous is so popular in the …

Homemade Halloumi with The Big Cheese Making Kit

As you probably know by now, I’m completely cheese mad. I don’t think there’s been a single cheese I’ve tried in my life so far that I didn’t like!  In Cyprus we had Feta and Halloumi. The latter was often served grilled with tomato and Lountza (a type of dried, smoked pork). Or sometimes watermelon, which was lovely and refreshing in the summer.  The other day I came across a British company called The Big Cheese Making Kit, that sell a number of kits to help you make your own cheese at home. It’s something I’d never really considered doing, as I thought it would be extremely difficult in a standard kitchen. But when I saw the Halloumi kit, I just had to give it a try! I wondered if it would taste like the Halloumi I used to eat at home, and also whether it would really be worth the effort, as opposed to buying it from a shop. The Halloumi kit comes with vegetarian rennet tablets, organic sea salt, organic dried mint, a …