Two weekends ago I went to a kitchen tea in Stellenbosch. We went to Clos Malverne Wine farm for a wine and ice cream tasting, two of my favourite things. The ice creams came in such interesting flavour combinations: beetroot ice cream with candied nuts, rosemary and dark chocolate with prune and guava.
The wine was paired perfectly with the different ice creams, and I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed the unusual flavours. I am normally a classic chocolate ice cream person. If you are ever in the Stellenbosch area, do yourself a favour and give it a try.
Summer is getting tantalising close, and salads are going to come out in full force! I can’t actually remember where I found this recipe somewhere between Pinterest/Delicious UK or Donna Hay, but it is amazing! The salad is so bright and green – very spring-like – with just a splash of colour from the radishes.
Lamb is one of my favourite meats and of course I tend to favour local Karoo lamb. Coupled with a fresh green salad made up watercress, fresh peas and springs onions with a yoghurt-mint dressing you already have a winner. But, then you add grilled haloumi….need I say more! It is also incredibly easy to make!
Lamb and Haloumi Salad
- 1/2 cup yoghurt
- 1 lemon juice
- Small handful of mint, finely chopped
- 1 Tsp sumac
- 2 Pita breads, cut into quarters (I like to toast them in a hot griddle pan)
- 40g fresh peas, blanched
- 80g watercress
- 4 springs onions, finely chopped
- Handful microherbs
- 6 radishes, thinly sliced
- 450g lamb steaks
- 1 Tsp cumin, ground
- Salt and pepper
- Olive oil
- In a large salad bowl add all the salad ingredients
- In a bowl, mix together the dressing ingredients and season to taste
- Season the lamb with salt, pepper and cumin
- Add a drizzle of olive oil in pan on high heat
- Add the lamb steaks to the pan and cook for 2 – 2.5 minutes per side (medium)
- Remove the lamb from the pan
- Add the haloumi to the pan and cook for 30 seconds or so or until soft and gooey
- Sliced the lamb into 1 cm slices, and add to the salad with the haloumi and pita bread
- Drizzle with the dressing just before serving and enjoy!