This summer we were so fortunate to have our cousin visit us from Australia. His mother and our mother are first cousins, but if you ask our mom, they were actually as close as sisters. Raised in the same house, they grew up sleeping in the same room (actually, the same bed), eating at the same table, and living similar experiences, from schooling to household chores, to family joys and struggles. When our mom left Greece to come to Canada she fully expected that her sister-cousins (there were 2) would soon follow her, as would her own siblings. Unfortunately, Canadian immigration laws at the time prevented her cousins from coming to Canada as they were too young; they instead immigrated to Australia. Although the cousins speak often, they have not seen each other since they were young women.
Our parents have a lovely marriage. They have been married for over 50 years and are still wonderful partners in love, family and of course, the kitchen. Sure, they argue once in a while (usually because our father has left the house without, what our mother deems to be, a warm enough jacket) but they are respectful, kind and considerate of one another. It is really heart-warming to see, and throughout our lives, they have served as great role-models for love.
Great unions such as theirs bring to mind other partnerships, like this citrus salad with fried halloumi. Growing up, our parents often served fried halloumi for breakfast, with a couple of fried eggs and some toast. They would also cook some up when we had guests over for a quick visit. Along with olives, nuts and bread, the fried cheese was great for impromptu visitors or to tide everyone over until dinner. Here, we’ve taken the fried halloumi, introduced to us by our parents, and married it with a lovely, fresh citrusy salad in a Mia Kouppa meets Our Kouppes creation. We hope you enjoy every part of it :).