Garlic Chilli Haloumi on the Campfire

Garlic Chilli Haloumi on the Campfire

People all was say, “it’s the simple things in life which are often the best”.  I have to agree, I love jetting off to a luxury destination, but when that’s not possible, it can be a good time to stop and smell the roses.  Or in this case, to stop and take a deep breath in of sea air and appreciate the beauty of our surroundings.

Pebbly Beach Station Creek

Pebbly Beach Station Creek

When I started Gourmet Getaways my aim was to get out more, do more, holiday, eat and explore… and entice my readers to do the same. Somehow with all the travel I forgot to slow down and appreciate the little things.

Pebbly Beach Landscape

Pebbly Beach Landscape

This story is about a secret spot near Coffs Harbour and a deliciously simple Afresco Friday recipe. Perhaps I should explain, each Friday during the warmer months, I will be sharing a simple picnic, BBQ or Brunch recipe which can be packed up and taken to a scenic location. This is my Alfresco Friday story, I have invited some talented bloggers to also contribute a dish to the picnic on the Gourmet Getaways Facebook page, so if your looking for more ideas I’m sure you will find some great suggestions there.

Campfire Pebbly Beach

Campfire Pebbly Beach

Today I’m sharing a very simple Garlic Chilli Haloumi which is cooked on the campfire.  I know most people know how to cook Haloumi but I thought I would start simple. Also, I think I have only ever had Haloumi served with lemon and I thought it was time to mix things up a little.

Picnic Hamper at Pebbly Beach

Picnic Hamper at Pebbly Beach

So I served Haloumi two ways. The adults had the Haloumi served with a Garlic & Chilli Oil.  You can see the jar of green oil in my baking tray. I knew the children like something a little sweeter, so they had Haloumi served with the Tuckers Naturals Quince Paste.  We couldn’t forget the squeeze of lemon and both options were a big success.

Haloumi w Tuckers Naturals Quince Paste

Haloumi w Tuckers Naturals Quince Paste

What I really liked about grilling the Haloumi over the campfire is that it was such a great family experience and a lovely sharing atmosphere. The kids love adding sticks to the fire or poking at it and we all sat around, listening to the waves break on the shore and watching our food cook.

BBQ Haloumi w Quince Paste

BBQ Haloumi w Quince Paste

Garlic Chilli Haloumi on the Campfire
Recipe Type: Picnic
Cuisine: Australian
Author: Julie
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Serves: 8
This is a quick recipe for a Garlic & Chilli oil which is delicious on Haloumi.
  • Oil
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup parsley (tightly packed)
  • 1 or 2 red chilli
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • To Serve
  • 400 gm Haloumi
  • 3 slices lemon
  • 1 Tuckers’ Natural Quince Paste (This is much softer than other brands and spreads like jam)
  1. Place the oil ingredients in a blend and pulse until the mixture reaches the desired consistency. You want it to have flecks of parsley and chilli but not be too chunky.
  2. Pour the oil into a sealable jar ready for use.
To Serve
  1. Slice the Haloumi in 1 cm thick slices.
  2. Pre heat a frying pan or grill with butter, add about 2 Tbs of the oil.
  3. Place the Haloumi on the butter and oil.
  4. Cook the Haloumi briefly on each side until just golden.
  5. Remove from the heat and squeeze lemon over the cheese.
  6. Serve with the quince paste and crackers if desired.

How to Get to Pebbly Beach from Coffs Harbour

  • Pebbly Beach is 50km North of Coffs Harbour.
  • Head north on the Pacific Highway past Woolgoolga until the Station Creek turnoff.  You will turn right on to Baracoongir Way which is a dirt road. Stop and lower your tyre pressure to about 20 psi.
  • Continue along the dirt road until you reach another right turn, signposted  Pebbly Beach 5.4 kms.
  • This dirt road will take you to the beach the access point.
  • There is about 800 meters of sand driving though the dunes.
  •  The dunes have wooden slats in the most difficult spots to assist the wheels to gain traction and to protect the environment. Obviously stay on the track and you will have the least amount of troubles and protect the environment for future use.
  • The trickiest part of the beach driving is getting from the dunes to the beach and vice versa as the sand is very soft. You will be very pleased you lowered your tire pressure.
  • Once on the beach turn left and enjoy the view as you make your way to the bush camping ground.
  • Drive all the way to the end of the beach.
  • you will find a saltwater creek to cross and about 100 metres of dunes to climb before you reach your destination.
  • Pebbly Beach is used for bush camping and day tripping.
Haloumi Picnic Platter

Haloumi Picnic Platter

So much unspoiled beach!
  • Make sure you time your visit at low or mid tide.  At low tide the beach driving is simple. You will find hard packed sand that’s smoother than the dirt road into the beach!
  • At the end of the beach is a saltwater creek crossing. If you arrive at low tide you will find a trickle of a creek to cross. Mid tide you should take a stroll to check the depth of the creek. High tide you will be stuck waiting for the tide to recede before you can cross to the other side. Not a bad problem to have as you are at a deserted beach paradise. Have a swim and enjoy.
Alfresco Friday Chilli Haloumi

Alfresco Friday Chilli Haloumi

So I hope you enjoyed my suggested campfire Haloumi, I like to keep things as simple as possible when we are having a day at the beach.

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  1. Sounds like a wonderful way to spend a Friday. We do need to stop and enjoy our surroundings from time to time. This recipes looks delicious.

  2. You guys are so lucky to have so many awesome secret spots in Coffs! The waves, the wind and that grilled haloumi on campfire is just a perfect combination for fun and quiet all to yourselves 🙂

  3. Altho’ I am not a campfire kind of gal I do love haloumi and your two ways of serving it make one want to copy immediately! Perhaps shall keep faithful to Maggie Beer’s wonderful quince paste tho! . . . 🙂 !

  4. Now this is handy for me, as I cook haloumi for my husband when we’re cooking sausage and steak for kids or any BBQ. But I cook it plain as is… he loves chili and he’d love this recipe. Filed!

    Love the idea of Alfresco Friday – please send warmer weather to Sydney!

  5. I went to a Greek restaurant recently and if only they served the haloumi like this! That picnic is in such a beautiful location and the food wonderful – I would find the entire thing very therapeutic xx

  6. what a fabulous adventure! Haloumi is soooo good – this whole set-up is magnificent.

  7. My husband would love this! Although we don’t have a setting quite as beautiful.
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    🙂 Mandy xo

  8. Hi Julie, what a pristine beach and it appears you have it all to yourself. Looks like the perfect day…….

  9. The beach is so CLEAN and the sky so BLUE!!! Delicious picnic platter!

  10. Can you believe I’ve never had haloumi? I really need to see if I can find some around here—especially since you gave me two amazing serving options 🙂

  11. Hi Julie,
    I just tasted halloumi this year for the first time and now I include it in dishes whenever I can. Absolutely love it and this looks like a beautiful way to experience the joy of cooking as well as teaching your kids some great life skills.
    The beach is so fabulous! I love that being near the water brings us such serenity. Enjoy your weekend 🙂

  12. I love haloumi but would never have thought to serve it with quince paste. Usually I’m down with just a squeeze of lemon. Yum!

  13. We’re not having our ‘warmer months’ yet in Adelaide, so it’s too cold to bring a picnic basket to the beach. I’m glad you gave us detailed instructions of how to get to your secret beach. I bought some haloumi cheese recently and found it too salty and rubbery. Maybe if I grill it up, it will taste better.

    • Absolutely Fran, Haloumi needs to be eaten hot, and as soon as it comes off the pan. Plus, always use butter to cook it, with a little oil to stop the butter from burning, it tastes so much than if it’s cooked in straight oil.

  14. I’m crazy for halloumi too! It’s so delicious and creamy and I love that squeaky texture too 😀

  15. I’m totally agree ! Simple things are the best ! this place looks wonderful, the spot ideal for a magic picini ! I like your recipe !

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