Are you bored with going home to another bowl of pasta, sandwich or reheated lasagna? Going out for a pizza, burger or a steak? If you fancy trying some of the other wonderful stuff going on out there in the world, welcome to my blog, FeastforFamine.
Come on in and join me on my journey around the world, creating food inspired by countries from Zimbabwe to Peru!
FeastForFamine has four main goals, specifically to…
Promote flavours and ideas from corners of the world less well-travelled or promoted.
Put my own interpretation on some of those and share my ideas with you.
Draw attention to some of the issues currently going on in those countries, many of which are suffering greatly from war and/or famine.
The emphasis is on inexpensive, wholesome, widely available ingredients which we don’t always think of pairing. Exotic cooking need not cost the earth, but sometimes takes only a slightly more adventurous approach to give our taste buds something new to look forward to.
Sadly, closer to home, several hundred thousand people in the UK now regularly rely on foodbanks. So, I have deliberately chosen a charity whose scope includes the UK, and hope that the ethos behind my ideas and recipes will make most of them accessible to as many people as possible.
Please feel free to leave any comments or feedback, or suggestions for enhancing any of the recipes. The whole idea of this blog is promote experimentation, exchange of ideas and learning from experience!
Try out this easy recipe for mid-week inspiration! Uses mostly store cupboards and freezer ingredients too.
Serves: 4 (with maybe some leftovers)
Ingredients: 1 cup of cooked white rice (basmati or long grain is fine), 1 can of beans or your choice such as chickpea, pinto etc, 1 cup of frozen peas, 2 – 4 (depending on how many you want), decent sized sausages of your choice these can of course be veggie, decent sized sausages of your choice these can of course be veggie, 4 eggs, small bunch of chives or spring onions (keeping a little back for garnish), 1 clove of garlic, 1 veggie or chicken stock cube, splash of oil.
Cook your rice as per instructions and set aside
Meanwhile boil your eggs for 10mins and leave to cool
Cut your sausages into slices and fry on a medium heat with a little oil in a large pan with the garlic until browned
Mix in the chopped chives or spring onions and stir quickly
Crumble over your stock cube and add your frozen peas and beans with a little water and mix well
Add your rice and stir, so that the rice is coated in all the lovely flavours
Peel and slice your eggs and use to top the rice with the remaining chives or spring onions
Mid-week sorted with my oven cooked Chicken Teriyaki, so quick to make and low fat too as cooking straight in the oven so no need to fry first…
Prep: 10mins Cook: 1h 30mins
Ingredients: 3 skinless chicken breasts, 1 large green pepper, cup of orange juice, 3 tbsps. shop bought Teriyaki sauce (I used Clearspring), 2 tbsps. runny honey, 2 garlic cloves, 1 tbps. of flour, handful of cashew nuts and fluffy white rice to serve.
Preheat oven to 150F
Get an oven proof lidded dish/pan ready
Assemble all of your ingredients except the cashew nuts and chop the chicken and pepper into bite sized pieces and add to the pan
Thinly slice your garlic and mix with the chicken and peppers
Whisked together the orange juice, honey and Teriyaki sauce and pour over the chicken
Pop in the oven lid on and cook for 1h and 15mins
After this time take the lid off and sprinkle over 1 tbsp. of flour, mix well, add your cashews and pop back in the oven, lid on for 15mins
Once ready serve with fluffy white rice and enjoy!
As a three person household we had enough leftovers for a little ones lunch box too. I just let the rice and chicken cool, steamed some broccoli and mixed together with some of the sauce, topped with slices cucumber for a little Teriyaki rice salad lunchbox – yummy!
Need something that’s quick, healthy and delicious too this week? Then give this Gluten Free, Dairy Free and Delicious Creamy Broccoli and Walnut Pasta a try…great for kids too!
Cook: 10mins Prep: Less than 5 minutes
Ingredients: 120g of Pasta of your choice, (I used gluten free spaghetti), half a head of broccoli, handful of walnuts, squeeze of lemon juice, 3 tbps. of soya cream, 1 tbsps of olive oil, salt and pepper.
Cook your pasta as per packet instructions
While this is cooking cut your broccoli up into florets and boil for around 6mins
Drain the broccoli and add to a food processor with the rest of the sauce ingredients and blend to a thick sauce like consistency, if you prefer more liquid add some more olive oil
Drain your pasta and mix in the broccoli and walnut sauce
So glad I have created this recipes as pancakes are a real weekend treat in our household, I was a bit dubious at first, thinking that the pancakes wouldn’t be as fluffy as they are when using normal flour, but this recipe worked a treat! It was really good to make the mixture of Friday night too, so that it was ready for a lazy morning breakfast. These pancakes are also gluten free, sugar free and dairy free so feels like an even better start to the weekend!
Ingredients: 3 large eggs eggs, 1 cup of rice flour, 1/2 cup of Oat milk 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 tsp of baking powder, pinch of salt, oil of your choice for frying.
Combine all you wet ingredients and mix well
Add slowly to the rice flour, baking powder, salt and mix well, so that there aren’t any lumps
Leave overnight in the fridge
When ready to cook, give the mixture another really good stir
Heat some oil in a pan and start to cook your pancakes in batches, using a 1 tbsp. to measure out each pancake
Cook on each side for 2 -3 minutes
Once cooked top with your favourites pancake topping, chocolate sauce and banana works, blueberries and honey or in my case, poached egg, pancetta, spinach and black pepper yummy!
Whipped up a batch of these yesterday, great for lunch on the go, lunch box treats or after school snack. This recipe is dairy free and low sugar, making these a great addition to your weekend baking, as well as using up those overripe bananas!
Makes: 12 Muffins
Ingredients: 200g wholemeal flour, 4 overripe bananas, 2 eggs, 100ml of oat milk, 50g of brown sugar, 1 tbsp. of olive oil, 2 tbsp. of oats, 1 tsp. of baking powder, 1 tsp of baking soda, 1 tsp. of honey.
Preheat your oven to 180F
Combine all of your wet ingredients except the honey and mix well,
Add to all of the other dry ingredients
Mix well until smooth
Mash your bananas in a separate bowl and then add to the muffin mix
Mix well and then finish off by stirring in the honey
Fill a 12 hole muffin tray with muffin cases and fill equally with the muffin mixture
Pop in the oven and bake for 15 -20 minutes until the muffins have risen and are golden brown
Allow to cool and keep in an airtight container until ready to eat
Possibly my favourite dip ever…after hummus of course! Have a go at recreating this recipe at home and let me know what you think.
Serves: 4 as a side dip or more as part of a bigger Mezze Platter, (check out the links below for more ideas).
Cook: 40 mins Prep: 10 mins
Ingredients: 1 large aubergine, 4 tbsps. of olive oil, juice of one lemon, 2 tbsp. of tahini, 2 garlic cloves, 1/2 tsp. of powdered cumin, 1/2 tsp. of salt, your choice of nuts and a little more olive oil to serve.
Preheat your grill to high
Prick the aubergine all over and place under the hot grill for 15 minutes each side, until the aubergine skin becomes sunken
Allow to cool slightly and scoop out all the flesh and add to a blender or a bowl if using a hand blender
Chop the garlic and add to a pestle and mortar with the cumin and salt and pepper, mix to a smooth paste then add the olive oil
Add this mix to the aubergine and add the lemon juice and tahini and mix until smooth
Add a little more olive oil if the mixture needs loosening
Serve in a bowl with your choice of nuts for a garnish, (I used linseeds, walnuts, pine nuts and black sesame seeds), drizzle over some olive oil and serve with crudités or pitta or both!
Click on the links below to see my other Aubergine, Dips and Mezze Ideas x
Love meatballs but looking for a lighter, healthier gluten free option? Then try this delicious lemony almond meatball recipe, with easy peasy tomato sauce!
Makes: 18 meatballs
Prep: 15mins Cook: 40mins
Ingredients:For the Meatballs – 500g Pork Mince, 1 medium onion, 3 heaped tbsp. of ground almonds, 1 egg, zest of one lemon, 1 heaped tbsp. grated parmesan cheese, 1 heaped tsp. dried oregano, salt and pepper, drizzle of oil.
For the Tomato Sauce – Handful of cherry tomatoes, 400ml of passata, 3 cloves of garlic, 1 tbsp. of olive oil, 2 tsp. of balsamic vinegar.
Preheat your oven to 220f
Finely dice your onion and add to all of the other ingredients and work well to combine all of the ingredients together
Once combined, make into walnut sized balls and pop into a baking dish, drizzle with oil and cook for 30 – 40 minutes until browned
While the meatballs are cooking start on your sauce:
Finely chopped the garlic cloves and add to a pan with the olive oil
Cook for a few minutes on a medium heat then add roughly chopped cherry tomatoes and the balsamic vinegar
Cook for 5 – 10 minutes until the tomatoes start to break down, you can break them down a little with a wooden spoon
Add the passata and cook on a low simmer for 20mins
Serve the meatballs on gluten free pasta and your choice and veg and drizzle over the sauce