Hallo Halloumi!

Clever, eh?

A few weeks ago, I was wandering around MOM's, as I often do. Why? Well, because I'm an obsessive food gawker. You may have missed previous posts in this regard, but I am in love with grocery shopping.

Grocery stores.

Food.

Wandering around grocery stores and looking at food.

There is probably a good therapist who can help me with this, but I just haven't reached rock bottom.

Amid one of my grocery store benders a few weeks ago, I came across something that was new and exciting to me. I love new and exciting food.

Have you ever heard of Halloumi cheese? What a coincidence...Me neither!

The origins of Halloumi cheese are said to begin in the Middle East (Greece & Turkey mainly), and the cheese is generally made from a mixture of goat's and sheep milk. My Halloumi cheese is made of only sheep milk.

I was in love with this cheese from the moment I opened the package. The smell, the firmness, and the texture when I cut into it was perfect.

I tried a small piece of the cheese, and it had a similar texture to mozzarella, but firmer. And it squeaked when I chewed it. I love it when cheese squeaks.

This meal was inspired by another new and exciting food development that occurred in my life last week, courtesy of my awesome boss. In my world, this means that he loves me.

I tried one of these multi-grain flatbreads last night, and haven't stopped thinking about it since.

Tonight, I decided that I would enlist the help of multi-grain flatbread again, and this time I would make it into a Halloumi gyro. And I was excited.

I added sliced red peppers, mushrooms, spinach, and ahem....ahem...dried...ahem spices into a pan and sauteed everything until it was soft. Then, I moved everything out of the way and placed the Halloumi slices into the pan.

Despite the fact that the package told me that it wouldn't melt, I was still scared.

It didn't melt.

Oh my goodness. It really didn't melt.

And the strangest thing happened. The cheese kind of looked like gyro meat. It actually weirded me out at one point.

But it didn't taste like gyro meat. It tasted yummy.

And I love Halloumi.

What is your favorite cheese?


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