Halloumi is a delightful cheese from Cyprus that I absolutely love, have you ever tried it?
My favorite is made by Shepherds of Cyprus, and can be found at Kings or ShopRite. I think Shepards is better, creamier and better texture, than the Halloumi made by G & L Kese, but their cheese is very good as well.
In this dish it is grilled and served with fresh fava beans and mint. An Australian recipe from Bon Appetit. Sizzling Halloumi Cheese with Fava Beans and Mint
More recipes can be found at 101 Cookbooks.
"The name Halloumi® is derived from the Greek word “almi”, which means salty. This semi-hard cheese, usually made from sheep or goat’s milk, is seasoned with mint leaves and soaked in brine. Before the days of refrigeration, its marvelous imperishability made it possible to store Halloumi for long periods, despite the island’s hot climate. A further advantage of soft, springy Halloumi is the fact that it retains its shape even when heated, so that it can be grilled or fried without melting." Cheeseu
Haloumi Cheese is found in various variations of Saganaki an appetizer that is made with melted Hallouni cheese.
The famous NY Greek Restaurant Molyvos serves Saganaki with Ouzo & Lemon.
Here in Montclair, Greek Delights serves four varieties of Saganaki. Simple broiled cheese and lemon, Shrimp Saganaki with fresh tomato & garlic, Vegetable Saganaki with just lemon, fresh tomato & garlic and Chicken Saganaki with lemon, fresh tomato & garlic. Our favorite is the Shrimp Saganaki.
At Stamna, the exceptional restaurant on Broad Street in Bloomfield, N.J., they grill Halloumi and serve it with lemon. Delicious.
They all bring fond images of Cyprus to mind.
This view shows "Petra tou Romiou, a rock off the shore along the main road from Paphos to Limassol, has been regarded since ancient times as the birthplace of Aphrodite, goddes of love and fertility.
According to ancient tradition, Aphrodite was born from the waves on the site off the coast of Cyprus. In his Theogony (178-206), Hesiod provides the following dramatic account of the event:
"Chronos took the great long jagged sickle; eagerly he harvested his father's (Zeus') genitals and threw them all off behind.... The genitals...were carried for a long time on the waves. White foam surrounded the immortal flesh, and in it grew a girl...
her name is Aphrodite among men and gods, because she grew up in the foam (aphrizo).
Aphrodite was then escorted ashore on a shell by the soft breezes of the Zephyrs at the rocks known as Petra tou Romiou.
This myth is, of course, most memorably depicted in Botticelli's Birth of Venus (on display in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence). A much older rendering of the event can be seen in a fine mural at Pompeii.
Homer's account of Aphrodite's birth is less dramatic. He said she was the daughter of Zeus and the fresh water nymph Dione, at whose bosom she would sometimes seek solace (Iliad 5.370-417).
Petra tou Romiou means "the Rock of the Greek" and does not refer to Aphrodite but to another myth, that of the Byzantine hero Dighenis who threw the rocks at pirates to protect his lady.
It is said that in certain weather conditions, the waves rise, break and form a column of water that dissolves into a pillar of foam. With imagination, this looks for just a moment like an ephemeral, evanescent human shape.
There is a long narrow pebbly beach at Petra tou Romiou that extends to either side of the largest rock and its satellites. " Sacred Destinations