‘5 Minutes in the Pan’: Ciabatta & Chocolate Mousse

This week, I’ve included two (although unrelated) of my favourite recipes, the first being something very quick to whip up between lectures when you have that awkward hour to kill and need to make a quick lunch; the second is just a simple but yummy dessert – or snack for me – that takes only quarter of an hour to prepare. Why two recipes? Because, and it is with regret, I will not be writing weekly ‘5 Minutes in the Pan’ recipes anymore, although I may write the odd recipe here or there.

I hadn’t heard of halloumi until year 12, I think? But, I can honestly say, it was a life changing moment when I did discover it. At first, I wasn’t so sure about whether I liked the chewiness of it – it seemed so unlike any other cheese I’d had.

Soon enough, however, I was making weekly trips to my local café and ordering the same halloumi panini. It’s definitely something to try if you haven’t!

Ingredients: ¼ Avocado, 1 Ciabatta Roll, 3 slices of tomato, 2 slices of Halloumi, Small handful of salad leaves

Slice your ciabatta roll down the side, then open the halves out, placing the roll in the grill on a low heat (Gas Mark 1 or 2) while you prepare everything else.

Drizzle your saucepan with some olive oil. Next, place your two slices of halloumi (better thick than thin) in your pan, again on a low heat (Gas Mark 2 or 3). Do not put it on a high heat as the halloumi will just melt (as I discovered the first time I tried to cook halloumi).

You should cook the halloumi for 6 minutes on one side then 4 on the other, until the sides are a golden/brown colour. Add a dash of water to the halloumi as well, so that it’s not too salty. While your halloumi is cooking, slice your avocado vertically and slice your tomato so you have thin slices.

Take your roll out of the grill and spread some pesto inside. Then add your avocado, tomato and a few salad leaves before finally adding your halloumi. Enjoy while hot!

Lidl White Ciabatta Roll – 29p, Tesco Halloumi 250g – £2.20, Tesco Tomatoes on the Vine Loose – 14p, Tescos Ripen at Home 4 Pack Avocados – £1.75, Lidl Mixed Salad – 79p., Tesco Red Classic Pesto – £1 Total cost: £6.17. Cost per serving: £1

Ingredients (2 Servings): 50g white chocolate, 1 tablespoon skimmed milk, 1 teaspoon of vanilla, 50g silken tofu, 15g caster sugar, ½ egg white, cocoa powder (for dusting and optional)

Fill 1/3 of a saucepan with water. When it is gently simmering, put the white chocolate and milk in a heatproof bowl and melt over the saucepan. Place the vanilla, tofu and half of the sugar in a food processor and blend well until it is a smooth paste. Then in a bowl, whisk the egg white and gradually add in the rest of the sugar.

Add and beat the chocolate mix into the tofu mixture until it is completely combined. Then slowly add in the egg white. Spoon the mousse into cups or glasses and chill for at least 1 hour. Sprinkle some cocoa powder on top and serve with raspberries.

Tesco Everyday Value White Chocolate Bar 100g – 30p, Tesco British Skimmed Milk 1 Pint – 49p, Tesco Dr Oetker Madagascan Vanilla – 98p, Tesco Yutaka Silken Tofu 349g – £1.20, Tesco Caster Sugar 500g – 99p, Tesco Free Range Medium Eggs 6 Pack – £1, Tesco Cocoa 250g – £1.99. Total cost: £6.95. Cost per serving: 94p

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