A light summer lunch



This is is a light lunch for lighter days.


A bunch of mixed salad leaves

King prawns

Mooli, peeled and sliced into rings

Two tomatoes chopped

Some cucumber, peeled and cubed

A little shredded carrot

Salt and pepper

Sesame seeds

Extra Virgin Olive oil and lemon juice for dressing

Mixed olives


Mix all the ingredients in a salad bowl, stir with your hands or salad servers


This should keep you going after your Over sixties exercise!!








Chicken Casserole with Red Peppers and Mushrooms


6 boneless chicken thighs

2 skinless chicken breasts cut into 4

One large cooking onion peeled, cut in half and sliced

Four large garlic cloves, peeled and chopped or crushed

Fresh mushrooms cleaned and sliced

1 red pepper cut into small chunks

1 large tomato cut into small chunks (tinned is fine, if you don’t have fresh)

Splash of Lee and Perrins Worcestershire sauce

A heaped teaspoon of paprika

A heaped teaspoon of dried oregano

Salt and pepper to taste

Olive oil and butter to cook

Splash of good quality red wine.  I used Spanish Faustino.

Chicken stock to cover


In a large deep frying pan, add the butter and olive oil and warm.  Add the onions and garlic.  Add the chicken and fry until sealed. Then add the mushrooms.

Add the rest of the ingredients and cook on a low heat for about 40 minutes.  I set the timer.


Courgettes on the griddle pan

Cut the courgettes as in the photograph.  I sprinkled them with salt to release some of their water.  Then heat a griddle pan and pop them on with black pepper until charred.

Potatoes with zatar and sesame seeds

Boil some baby potatoes.  Wash and drain them.  Cut in halves.  Put some butter and olive oil in a frying pan and warm them through again, adding a teaspoon or two of zatar and some sesame seeds.  I had fresh rosemary and parsley to hand so cut some over the potatoes as well

Fried Halloumi Cheese With Sesame Seeds

Fried halloumi cheese with sesame seeds

The reason I’m so big on sesame seeds at the moment is I’ve broken my shoulder and arm and the prognosis wasn’t good.  Will never be the same or swim the butterfly so now butter and cream are no longer baddies I’m upping my intake as well as sesame seeds as they are a bone building food.  I’m tiring a little of tinned sardines and salmon as I was eating them daily but maybe it is time for moderation as I broke my arm in early May.  The latest x-ray shows it is healing well but the surgeon thought recovery time would be 9 months.  Yawn, sorry readers if you reached this far.


1 packet of Cypriot halloumi cheese

1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil

A couple of teaspoons of za’atar

A packet of pita bread

In a small frying pan, put the olive oil to warm gently.  Cut the cheese into thick slices (generally you will get 4-6 slices from one packet, so double up if you have a lot of mouths to feed).  Fry the cheese for about 3-4 minutes each side, meanwhile sprinkling with the za’atar.

Because halloumi cheese is rather salty, I skip the usual salt from the ingredients and pepper?  That’s up to you.  Serve with pita bread (brown or white) to your taste.

P.S. Za’atar means thyme in English and I believe I used one with sumac and sesame seeds added.  Check Wikipedia for the full story and health enhancing properties of Za’atar.