Cyprus Ravioli with Pea and Mint pesto

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I cannot tell you how good this tastes. I know, it looks green and Cyprus ravioli isn’t supposed to look green. Traditionally, this halloumi filled, delicious pasta, is first cooked in chicken broth and then served with a generous sprinkling of grated halloumi and maybe some crushed dried mint. But Cyprus ravioli can be served in more original ways. Like this creamy pea and mint pesto. You can prepare it in a flash. All you need is one pack of “Mitsides” frozen ravioli and a good blender (I used my Thermomix). The creaminess of the peas and the flavor of mint work so well with the tasty and generous filling of this ravioli. I added halloumi and some parmesan cheese in the pesto for added flavor. I scattered some extra pine nuts and sprinkled some grated halloumi before serving. This is really a fantastic dish, and would pleasantly surprise any Cypriot who comes over for lunch or dinner. Continue reading

Pea Soup with Mint and Halloumi

 

pea soup.jpgI just got my brand new “Thermomix”. My all time favourite sous chef, slightly more clever than me. I cooked this delicious soup entirely in my new machine but you could of course, make it on the stove. I always loved the combination of peas and mint. So, I thought, I’ll drop some diced halloumi cheese in there to make it more interesting. It was really delicious. The saltiness of the cheese, the sweetness of the peas and the fresh fragrance of mint made this soup, one of my favourite winter suppers. Continue reading