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Halloumi and grilled corn tacos

Winter had come to an end, and the weather was forecast for 24 and sunny. My arms hadn’t felt the sunlight for at least 3 months so I knew I had to get out of town and make the most of the day, the arms had to come out! I had been looking forward to this day all week.

I have always loved Red Hill on the Mornington Peninsula and now that I had my own car (on loan from Ford as a part of #Voicesof2015), I could go where ever I wanted. 

Sunday at Main Ridge Dairy | Dancing Through Sunday
Some friends and I decided to visit Main Ridge Dairy in Red Hill. The weather was so lovely, the air so crisp with a gentle warmth. I filled up the (ultra spacious) boot with my portable cooking gear and a picnic rug so I could cook some fresh vegetarian halloumi tacos once we arrived at the farm. I don’t know about you, but road trips, sun, friends, baby goats, grilled halloumi and tacos sounds like a pretty good time to me. We were all super excited for this little road trip. 

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Sunday at Main Ridge Dairy | Dancing Through Sunday
We took off early on Sunday morning, coffee in hand and were cruising down the highway towards the peninsula by 10.30. I was driving the All-new Ford Mondeo and I was pleasantly surprised with the ease of setting up cruise control, which literally took the word ‘cruising’ to an all new level. My phone was hooked up to the SYNC2 Bluetooth, good tunes were playing, the windows down and goofy smiles all round. The road trip had begun!

 Sunday at Main Ridge Dairy | Dancing Through Sunday
We arrived and after baby goat cuddles, we set up what we thought was the perfect cooking spot inside a paddock filled with baby goats. In hindsight, that wasn’t the smartest idea. Baby goats, aka kids, have a tendency to be inquisitive, excitable and cheeky. 

Sunday at Main Ridge Dairy | Dancing Through Sunday
The four of us spent a good 30 minutes trying to protect our tomatoes, leeks and camera tripod from these cheeky little kids. They really wanted to get involved and help me cook, but were a little too excited and weren’t being very helpful. We moved base camp and found a spot under some trees but still in view of the cute little goats. I cooked delicious tacos whilst watching them play in the sun and jump off everything in sight. It was magic!

On the menu was fresh tacos. I made some grilled corn with leek and chilli, fried goats cheese halloumi from the dairy, spicy beans, a summer tomato salsa and fresh lettuce. I topped the soft tacos with greek yoghurt and fresh dill. The tacos were simple to cook, easy to assemble and packed with so much flavour. 

 Sunday at Main Ridge Dairy | Dancing Through Sunday     
The taco recipe was perfect for an outdoors Sunday Brunch and the salty pan fried halloumi was the perfect companion for fresh lettuce, spicy beans and a fresh tomato salsa. After eating, we lay in the sun and listened to the birds (& the goats), totally relaxed and content.

We reluctantly packed up the car and cruised back to Melbourne, but not before I double checked my friends hadn’t snuck a cute little goat or two in the boot to come back with us. They’d definitely fit in there. 

Do you like to go on road trips and day adventures?

Bec x

This post was an entry into the Voices of 2015 #FordThinking competition. 

Halloumi Soft Tacos
Serves 4
Soft tacos with spicy beans, salty grilled haloumi, tomato salsa, fresh lettuce topped with yoghurt and dill. A fresh take on the soft taco.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 leek
  2. 1 small red chilli
  3. 1 cob of corn
  4. 200g halloumi cheese
  5. 1 tin beans
  6. 1 tin diced tomatoes
  7. teaspoon paprika
  8. 2 fresh tomatoes
  9. 1 cup lettuce
  10. greek yoghurt to drizzle
  11. dill to garnish
  12. salt and pepper
  13. olive oil
Instructions
  1. Dice the tomatoes and combine with a drizzle of olive oil and salt and pepper. Set aside. Roughly chop the lettuce and set aside.
  2. Slice halloumi cheese approx 0.5cm thick and lightly fry in a pan over medium heat until browned. Set aside.
  3. Finely chop the leeks, corn and chili and fry in a pan over medium heat with oil until crispy. Set aside
  4. Heat drained beans and diced tomatoes in a saucepan over medium heat and add paprika, salt and pepper. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. When corn, haloumi, beans, diced tomato and lettuce is ready, heat the soft tacos and assemble.
  6. Garnish with salt and pepper, greek yoghurt and a touch of dill. Enjoy
Notes
  1. The beans aren't necessary and the tacos are just as delicious and fresh without them.
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23 Comments

  • Reply Tania| My Kitchen Stories October 2, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    Nothing better than going on a cruise with friends and I just love baby goats so very naughty. Love the video

    • Reply Bec October 2, 2015 at 9:55 pm

      They were super naughty and cute.

  • Reply Kim @ Land of Zonkt September 26, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    YUMMO… I don’t think I can say much more… #droolinglotsofdrooling

    • Reply Bec September 28, 2015 at 8:41 pm

      #goodhashtag

  • Reply Hadia September 26, 2015 at 9:30 am

    The halloumi tacos look awesome, Bec! Pinning to try later

    • Reply Hadia September 26, 2015 at 9:35 am

      I could not find it on your pinterest board, Bec!

      • Reply Bec September 26, 2015 at 2:30 pm

        Hey Hadia, thanks for letting me know! I’ll Pin it now x

  • Reply Lucy @ Bake Play Smile September 25, 2015 at 7:51 am

    Thanks for linking up with our Fabulous Foodie Fridays party Bec!

    • Reply Bec October 6, 2015 at 8:08 pm

      Thanks Lucy x

  • Reply Malinda @mybrownpaperpackages September 24, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    Just so you know, I’m coming on your next road trip 😀

    • Reply Bec September 24, 2015 at 10:06 pm

      Hahahahaha, of course! Come along 😀

  • Reply Amy@ Thoroughly Nourished Life September 24, 2015 at 8:36 pm

    What a delightful way to spend a Sunday with friends! And what cute little kids 😉
    Oh these tacos are everything I am craving after months of winter food – and I can never, never get enough haloumi into my diet! I can’t wait to try these, although probably at my dining room table rather than in a gorgeous paddock 🙂

    • Reply Bec September 24, 2015 at 10:11 pm

      They are just as delicious on a dining table 🙂 I totally know what you mean – I couldn’t wait to cook fresh, non wintery food and the day was perfect for it!

  • Reply Lucy @ Bake Play Smile September 21, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    Oh I love Main Ridge Dairy!!!! It’s quite close to me actually!! What gorgeous photos and the perfect way to spend a weekend!

    • Reply Bec September 21, 2015 at 3:04 pm

      Oh yes you live down there, that’s right! Super cute spot, I love it.

  • Reply Sneh | Cook Republic September 21, 2015 at 8:44 am

    Love this! So much fun 🙂

    • Reply Bec September 21, 2015 at 9:18 am

      Thanks Sneh, it was!

  • Reply Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid September 21, 2015 at 7:09 am

    I LOVE it! (Sorry for shouting, I got a bit excited!) The scenery, the cute kids and the delicious looking food! Love your work, lady!

    • Reply Bec September 21, 2015 at 9:16 am

      It’s totally worthy of a little shout!

  • Reply Rebecca@Figs and Pigs September 21, 2015 at 3:50 am

    What cute goats and that haloumi taco looks awesome. Love the video. x

    • Reply Bec September 21, 2015 at 9:09 am

      They were the best!

  • Reply Dannielle@zamamabakes September 20, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    I love haloumi and tacos and fresh air!
    Pics are gorgeous Bec!
    Yum xx

    • Reply Bec September 21, 2015 at 9:09 am

      So n ice to get away. Thanks Dani! x

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