Even though I have the luxury of working from home, I still grumble. I can't elude my piling workload; my desk is more cluttered than the streets of Soho on a summer's eve. But the one thing I'm grateful for is the ability to instantly saunter into the kitchen and throw together something lavish. 

This isn't necessarily decadent, but it's so good. And the beauty lies not just in the flavour; it's all fried in the same pan. 

Ingredients - serves 1 

  • 1/2 fennel bulb, sliced 
  • 1/2 x 250g block of halloumi, sliced 
  • 1 pink grapefruit, segmented
  • Fresh mint or coriander, roughly chopped 
  • Olive oil 


Heat a tiny amount of olive oil in a frying pan over a medium flame. Add the fennel and halloumi slices and fry for a few minutes on each side until lightly charred. Arrange on a plate with the grapefruit segments - you can fry those quickly too, if you fancy them warm - and scatter over the fresh mint or coriander and a light drizzle of olive oil. No need to salt; the halloumi is already punchy.