• 30g flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 35ml water
  • pack of halloumi cheese
  • serve with chips and peas

I spotted this on the menu at the local pub one day and thought I’d give it a whirl. The fish is replaced by halloumi cheese – and the act of simply battering and deep frying it produces a really tasty alternative (in many ways much better) to a lump of cod. Deep frying gets a bad rap these days, but face it – restaurants serving chips cook with oil for a reason. They just taste so good!

To create your batter you simply need to sieve the flour and salt into a mixing bowl. Gradually whisk in the water until you have a smooth batter. Cut the halloumi lengthways in reasonably thick chunks. Batter the cheese and deep fry until the outsides are golden brown. I typically will fry my chips in the oil before the cheese, laying them out on a piece of kitchen roll to remove the excess fat while the halloumi is cooking.

Serve your battered halloumi with the chips, peas and optionally a slice of lemon if you’re feeling fancy.