Sunday, 10 June 2012

Harissa spiced chickpeas with halloumi and spinach

I have had a weekend of being treated to some lovely food at family and friends houses. This is a meal I cooked on Friday night, when I really didn't feel too well and didn't really feel like cooking. However it was pretty effortless and really tasted good. It may sound like a strange mixture of ingredients but I can assure you it's a really great combination. I didn't make it for the children, they had a pizza night instead, although I remember them enjoying it on a previous occasion. This is from a great book called 'no-fuss suppers', by Caroline Marson.

Serves 2
1 tablespoon Olive oil
1 onion finely chopped
1 garlic Clove, crushed
1 tablespoon of harissa paste
400g tin of chopped tomatoes
150 g halloumi cheese chopped into cubes
100g spinach
400g tin of chickpeas,
salt and freshly ground pepper
juice of half a lemon 
parmesan cheese to serve 

Pour the oil into a large pan and gently saute the onion and garlic until softened. Add the harissa paste, chickpeas, and chopped tomatoes. Bring to a boil and let simmer for five minutes.

Add the halloumi cheese and spinach, cover, and cook over low heat for a further 5 minutes. Season to taste and stir in the lemon juice. Spoon onto serving plates and sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately with a crisp green side salad.

If you don't have harissa paste, you can make your own by mixing together half a teaspoon of cayenne pepper, 1 tablespoon of ground cumin, 1 tablespoon of tomato puree and the freshly squeezed juice of a lime

1 comment:

  1. C'est délicieux! Vote for James, everyone! He play piano very good!