The island of Aphrodite, Cyprus, is known for its beautiful sceneries and its rich history. It is known since ancient times as the island of Aphrodite, the Godness of beauty and love, because according to Greek mythology Aphrodite was born there. Aphrodite emerged from the foams of Urano’s genitals. This was result of a quarrel between Uranos and Cronus; the genitals were transferred with the help of wind, Zephyrus, from Kithira to Pafos.
One of the best delicacies that you definitely should try when you visit Cyprus is Halloumi! It can be roasted, grilled or fried; it has a high melting point that's why you can use it with no fear! Try also to use it in the following salad, you‘ll get excited!
4 pleurotus mushrooms
2 chili peppers
5 tablespoons mustard
8 tablespoons olive oil
4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon dried oregano
A pinch of pepper
Some fresh oregano
2 tablespoon warm water
1 teaspoon dried thyme
100 gr. halloumi
Wash the vegetables very well; let them strain for a while. Cut the ends off the eggplant and the zucchinis. Slice them vertically and as thinly as possible. Place them in a bowl and toss with the half amount of olive oil, the lemon juice, the dried oregano, the pepper, the salt and the thyme. Put them in fridge for half an hour to marinate them. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C.
Spread the vegetables in a roasting pan that you have already sprinkled it with olive oil without overlapping. Roast them in the preheated oven for 20 minutes. Place the vegetables in a salad dish and toss with the remaining olive oil. Put a nonstick pan in medium-high heat. Slice halloumi cheese into 2-3 cm. thick slices and fry it for just a couple of minutes on each side until turned slightly brown on top. Cut fried halloumi at small cubes. Mix the mustard with the 2 tablespoons warm water till combined well.
Add halloumi to the vegetables and pour the mustard. Serve with fresh oregano garnish and chili peppers.
Our nutritious and tasty salad is ready!