“Papaya, Halloumi and Watercress Salad” from “The Art of Eating Well”


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Anna: This salad is amazing. I think it is my dream salad. I cannot recommend it enough. I mean, anything with halloumi (or feta, or any other salty cheese) gets my attention. And I have to admit that I scaled up the amount of halloumi just a little bit. But I had been for a run this morning…. Combining it with papaya though, that was a revelation. Sweet and salty. Peppery watercress. Red onions, pine nuts…. It was so simple and quick to make but tasted really indulgent and totally delicious. I’m having it for lunch again tomorrow. And I think maybe the next day too!

“Papaya, Halloumi and Watercress Salad” from “The Art of Eating Well”

“Thai red prawn curry and papaya platter meal” from “30 Minute Meals”

Time taken: 30:38

Anna: We did it!  The penultimate recipe of the month and we finally did it!  I haven’t of course mentioned the 15 minutes it took up front to get everything prepared.

Peter: Yes. I think this recipe benefited from the food processer.  And given it was a stirfry it was always going to create a lot of mess. So the Jamie approach in this case wasn’t as disruptive as other recipes.

Anna: You say that, but I can make a Thai curry in 20 minutes, with a lot less mess.  So in fact this took longer than usual, even if we did hit 30 minutes….

Peter: Aha! But would you also have prepared a cucumber salad and a papaya platter within the same time frame?

Anna: Well no. But did you think those two additional dishes made the meal?

Peter: They weren’t bad. But they also weren’t essential.

Anna: Another brilliant extraneous Jamie dish.  Cut a couple of items of fruit in half lengthwise and put them on a plate with some mint leaves and some yoghurt with lime zest.  Honestly.  I had to get you to chop it up and turn it into a fruit salad in order to eat it.

Peter: Did you notice how he gets you to take every component of the meal to the table in a separate bowl? Is this a ruse to raise sales of the Jamie Oliver (TM) crockery range?  You’d need a table like an airfield to fit everything on it.

Anna: Did you enjoy it though?

Peter: I thought it tasted very authentic. It was nice to have a curry made with fresh curry paste.  Very tasty.

Anna: And the salad? And the platter?

Peter: The salad was a bit wasted really.  And you de-plattered your platter. I know what a papaya tastes like. I don’t need Jamie to present it to me in a different way. I prefer my bananas in other directions than lengthways.

Anna: What about the prawn crackers, which I lovingly poured from the packet into a bowl?

Peter: Presentation was first class. I wouldn’t have noticed if they weren’t there.

Anna: So it was broadly a success, but not worth the mess. I’d be lying if I said I’d make it again.

“Thai red prawn curry and papaya platter meal” from “30 Minute Meals”