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Persian Halloumi

Recently myself and a few other bloggers were invited by Toshiba and Gousto to take part in the #ToshibaCookalong via Skype.

Persian Halloumi

To take part we were all sent a box of ingredients from Gousto, plus a Toshiba Satellite Radius 11 laptop and very nice it is too; but more about that in a minute!

We all had to link up via Skype to cook-along with Gousto's talented Chef, Alice Feaver and follow her recipe for Persian Halloumi.

It's a shame I didn't get any pictures of the actual cookalong (apart from one I shared via Facebook and Twitter) as I was too busy worrying about how it would go since I'd never taken part in a cookalong before!

All set with the Toshiba laptop and ingredients at the ready when 6pm came we were off!

The cookalong was great fun despite a couple of us losing connection at one point. But with the recipe to hand, I carried on regardless and hoped for the best.

Once the connection back up and running I had pretty much managed to keep up with everyone apart from my onions!

Tes my onions could have done with being cooked a little longer to caramelise but hey ho the finished dish not only looked good but it tasted good too.

The Toshiba Satellite Radius 11 is fantastic, especially for use in the kitchen since when in tablet mode it isn't much bigger than a large cookbook. 

To be honest I rarely use cookbooks as I often look up recipes on the net and as the Toshiba Radius has a touchscreen it's brilliant for scrolling through recipes.

Another thing; it's also great for watching catch up TV - we have a smart TV in our kitchen but not all channels (that I want to watch) are available on catchup, purely because the manufacturer of the TV doesn't support them.

However, all is not lost as the Toshiba Satellite Radius is WiDi enabled (wireless display) this means you can project what's showing on the laptop screen onto your TV screen pretty marvellous ah?

So, as you can see I'm full of knowledge (lol) and I can now watch anything I fancy whilst cooking!

The Toshiba Radius flips round to enable laptop, tabletop, presentation, audience and tablet this laptop is absolutely perfect for Skype. 

It's fast too and great for writing my blog and editing photos as it has a 500GB hard drive for storage and 32GB of cloud storage.

Toshiba Laptop

I did a Gousto Box review a little while ago and I think they are excellent!

Halloumi Recipe Gousto

Yield: 2
Author: Jan Bennett
Persian Halloumi

Persian Halloumi

Totally delicious is all I have to say about this!
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 15 Mininactive time: 10 MinTotal time: 35 Min


  • 250g halloumi cheese
  • 150g bulgur wheat
  • 2 red onions
  • 20g dried barberries
  • 1 tbsp pomegranate molasses
  • 10g fresh mint
  • 1 tbsp ras el hanout
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • salt and black pepper to season


  1. Boil a kettle. Add the bulgur to a pot with 275 ml of boiling water, cover with a lid over a medium-low heat.
  2. Simmer for 5-7 min or until almost all the water is absorbed. Remove and set aside with the lid on for 10 min, until dry and fluffy.
  3. Meanwhile, put the barberries in a small bowl and add 100 ml of hot water, add 1 tbsp of sugar and mix well.
  4. Peel the onions cut them in half and slice finely. Chop the mint finely and grate the zest of the lemon.
  5. Cut the halloumi into thin slices (approx. 1cm thick)
  6. 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.
  7. Coat the halloumi in the spice mix.
  8. 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.
  9. Add 3 tbsp of the barberry water to the bulgur wheat - now drain the barberries and add to the bulgur wheat.
  10. Combine the barberry bulgur with the mint, lemon zest, remaining ras el hanout, pomegranate molasses and 1-2 tbsp of olive oil. 
  11. Season to your taste with salt and pepper.
  12. 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.
  13. Serve the bulgur wheat with the onion and halloumi.
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Disclosure; I was sent a box of ingredients and a Toshiba Satellite Radius 11 to keep and take part in the #ToshibaCookalong. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


  1. Well at least you remembered to take a picture of your final dish Jan unlike me who served it up and halfway through remembered to take a snap. Oh to be Nigella with a camera crew eh! But I think we all did pretty well multi-tasking on the night and I've got over my fear of Skype:-) Here's to the next cookalong!

  2. The cook along sounds like my dream event esp when the end dish looks so good.

  3. What a gorgeous photo - that looks fantastic and very flavoursome.

  4. It was a fun thing to do, although I think I may have been off line more than online! The recipe was delicious, your photo really does the Persian Halloumi justice. I'm excited to read that you can link up the Toshiba laptop to the tv, must give that a go!

  5. The halloumi looks delicious, sounds like you all had a great time taking part in the cookalong.

  6. OMG I've just sat down to eat this, thanks for sharing the recipe.....it's amazing!

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