halloumi & white bean humous tartine

The other day, I met a friend for lunch at Recipease, the Jamie Oliver café in Notting Hill.

I had a delicious open sandwich, topped with humous, salad & grilled halloumi, with a lovely view on the side.

Now, as delicious as this was, I immediately thought - I could make this at home.

Armed with my recent obsession with halloumi cheese, that's exactly what I did.

Well, not exactly. I put my own twist to it, it doesn't look quite as pretty, but it turned out to be a nice light lunch for a weekday.

I started with making cannellini bean humous, just to change it up a bit. Simply a drained can of cannelloni beans, a TBSP of extra virgin olive oil, a teaspoon of miso (not essential, but adds a nice dimension), some lazy garlic (handy to have in the fridge for those extra can't-be-bothered days), a few squeezes of lemon juice, and seasoning to taste.

I popped a slice of bread in the toaster (I love this one below, high in protein and fibre, and tastes great to boot), pan-friend a couple of slices of halloumi, and assembled the humous, salad and halloumi together - and that's it.

All the protein in the cheese, beans and bread made this seemingly small lunch surprisingly filling. Obviously the tartine isn't a novel idea, and you can do this with any combination of ingredients you have on hand. I'll probably try this one next, which was my friend's lunch that day - with avocado and bacon, you can't possibly go wrong.