Gousto are a company who deliver everything you need to cook delicious healthy recipes, delivered weekly for you to make at home. You might wonder why you would do such a thing, but you only have to have tried one of their recipes to know that what you are getting is all the expertise of their chef in putting together fabulous flavours and none of the hassle of having to buy larger quantities of specialist ingredients that you may not use again.
I've reviewed Gousto boxes before and really enjoyed all the recipes, I also learned a few different techniques that I have used again.
Here are the ingredients for the Persian Halloumi recipe. I was familiar with all of them except the barberries, which I have heard of but never tried.
However, this isn't the usual sort of food box review, because this time I had been invited, along with some other bloggers, to be part of a Cookalong on Skype using the
Toshiba Satellite Radius 11 - The ultimate cook along companion. We were guided through the recipe by Gousto Chef Alice, the Cookalong experience was quite intense and, unfortunately the connection was not too good for some of us. However, there was the Gousto recipe card to follow as well so, one way or another, we all managed to make the recipe which was really delicious.
Serves 2 - 3
250g halloumi cheese
50g bulgar wheat
2 red onions
20g dried barberries
1 tbsp pomegranate molasses
10g fresh mint
1 tbsp ras el hanout
- Boil a kettle. Add the bulgar to a pot with 275ml of boiling water, cover with a lid over a medium-low heat.
- Simmer for 5-7min or until almost all the water is absorbed. Remove and set aside with the lid on for 10 min, until dry and fluffy
- Meanwhile, put the barberries in a small bowl and add 100ml of hot water, add 1 tbsp of sugar and mix well.
- Peel the onions, cut them in half and slice finely. Chop the mint finely and grate the zest of the lemon.
- Cut the halloumi into thin slices (approx. 1cm thick)
- Cut the lemon in half and squeeze the juice over the halloumi ,combine half the ras el hanout with 1 tsp of black pepper for the spice mix. Coat the halloumi in the spice mix.
- Add 1-2 tbsp of olive oil to a large pan on a medium-high heat, once the oil is hot, add the onion and cook for 4-5 min or until soft and lightly caramelised.
- Add 3 tbsp of the barberry water to the bulgar wheat, drain the barberries and add to the bulgar wheat. Combine the barberry bulgar with the mint, lemon zest, remaining ras el hanout, pomegranate molasses and 1-2 tbsp of olive oil, season to your taste with salt and pepper.
- Push the onion to one side of the pan and add 1-2 tbsp of olive oil, add the halloumi and cook for 1-2 min on each side or until golden all over.
- Serve the bulgar wheat with the onion and halloumi
Here you can see Camilla from FabFood4All on the left and Helen from Fuss Free Flavours on the right. There wasn't much time for chatting and I didn't manage to see all of the other bloggers involved, but I did have a chat with Leslie Williams, the Dublin food writer, at the end of the cookalong when we were the only two left online. The built-in high-quality webcam and microphone on the Toshiba Radius 11 lets you easily chat with friends or take part in group Skype calls, as we did. It would be a great way to talk your friend through a recipe with which they are unfamiliar.
The Toshiba Satellite Radius 11 is a Windows 8.1 laptop and a tablet all in one. It was ideal for the Cookalong and also for viewing recipes online. I use fewer cookbooks than I used to and often cook recipes by other bloggers, or from websites and, of course, I also return to Farmersgirl Kitchen to look up favourite recipes to make again.
The versatility of the Toshiba Satelitte Radius 11 makes it ideal as a perfectly portable kitchen companion, The innovative hinge lets you transform the Satellite Radius 11 into any one of five different modes – laptop, tabletop, presentation, audience and tablet. Its touchscreen makes it easy to flick through recipes, or catch up on your favourite TV cookery programmes online and cook along in your kitchen at the same time. I also found it quite easy to set up and navigate my way around, much though I love my tablet, it is not very good for writing up blog posts and I enjoy having a proper keyboard and the full functionality of a laptop.
It's also amazingly compact, the Satellite Radius 11 easily fits onto kitchen worktops, and when in tablet mode the 29.5cm (11.6”) devices take up less space than a traditional cookbook, giving you more room to get creative.
Toshiba Satellite Radius 11
Designed for mobility, delivering a smooth, seamless PC experience anywhere
500 GB hard drive for storage along with a responsive 32 GB of cloud storage
Fast boot-up and online access
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