My boyfriend's family has fantastic barbecues as they get all the meat from a local butcher and his mum puts a lot of effort into making salads and side dishes. They had a barbecue recently where I knew I wouldn't be able to prepare much food to bring along, as I was coming straight from a choir rehearsal that had taken up most of the day. I wanted something that was quick to prepare and easy to transport, but that would be a little different - so I hit upon the idea of grilled halloumi. I was sure I had seen it prepared with chilli, and found this recipe from Nigella Lawson, which appears in Nigella Bites.
She recommends using 2 tbsp chopped fresh chilli, but I wanted to try out this product I had recently found in the supermarket, aptly labelled "Very Lazy". It contains chopped chilli in white wine vinegar, though the vinegar evaporates while cooking.
Simply mix the chilli with a little olive oil and lemon juice, and leave the flavours to deepen. I sliced the halloumi and put it on foil; even with the foil the barbecue seared lines into the cheese which I think looks great. To serve, just spoon the chilli mixture over the cheese.
The halloumi is on this plate somewhere... along with everything else! Now this is what I call a posh barbecue - not a sausage or burger in sight!
I'm sending this to Four Seasons Food, as their theme this month is barbecue. The challenge is hosted by Louisa at Chez Foti and Anneli at Delicieux.
A Kick at the Pantry Door and created by Sarah at Maison Cupcake. The theme this month is party food and a barbecue definitely comes under the category of a summer party (and of course the recipe I used was from Nigella).