La Chatte Gitane (or The Gypsy Cat) was the name we chose for our cottage in France. We chose it while on the road, moving home, from Ireland to France with 2 dogs and 7 cats in the car.
This blog began its insignificant life as a recipe book for friends and family who would ask me repeatedly for a recipe of this, that and the other.
Since then it has taken many different directions, like gypsies tend to do. Sometimes making a U-turn and revisiting familiar roads and taking a break when necessary.
You'll find recipes here, but also musings about the places we've called home, the gardens that we've established, not always successfully, the homes we've improved and the environments we've lived in. Currently, that is back in Ireland.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Halloumi Salad (255 cal) - 5:2


Halloumi Salad 255 cal

Inspired by fellow food blogger Lavender & Lovage



Ingredients
  • 65 gr halloumi cheese, sliced 200 cal
  • lettuce, mixed leaves and basil, loads - 100 grs only contains 10 calories
  • 30 grs red pepper, sliced 15 cal
  • 60 grs cucumber, sliced wow 5 cal
  • 160 grs tomatoes, I used yellow, sliced and cherry toms, halved 25 cal
  • 1 tbsp Balsamico, mixed with a smidgen of stevia powder. Let's say 10 cal to be on the safe side
  • 5 grs fresh from the greenhouse mild chilli pepper. I'm not even counting those calories !
Preparation
  • arrange the salad leaves on a plate, mix in some basil if you have lots.
  • place the other vegetables in an orderly fashion on top
  • heat a non stick pan on the hob and fry off the sliced halloumi till golden.
  • arrange the halloumi slices over the salad.
  • drizzle with balsamico
  • from a hight (you can stand on a chair if you like) sprinkle with Maldon sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper.

I'll be visiting Lavender and Lovage quite often in the future and steal all the recipes to eat myself back to health and a long life. ;)

Patricia xxx...x

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