Mid Week Mushroom Madness: Vegan Buckwheat Soba Noodle Salad with Enoki Mushrooms Braised in Miso, with Avocado and Seasame Dressing,

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Hi All,

Having recently got back from Japan, as a foodie, I am REALLY missing it, so was very excited when visiting my local supermarket to find some enoki mushrooms and felt inspired.

I have a cupboard at home that I try and keep stocked up with lots of different flavours from around the World so with the help of ingredients I already had, was pleased to be able to come home and rustle something up for lunch today that really hits the spot; Buckwheat Soba Noodles with Enoki Mushrooms Braised in Miso, with Avocado and Seasame Dressing, and here is the recipe – enjoy!

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Serves: 2

Prep: 10mins
Cook: 14mins

Ingredients: 2 person serving of buckwheat soba noodles, 1 avocado, punnet of enoki mushrooms, tsp. of white miso, 2 tsp. of sesame oil, 2 tsp. of brown rice vinegar, 2 tsp. soya sauce, 1 heaped tsp. of Korean red pepper flakes.

Method:

  1. Cooked the noodles as per instructions, then place into cold water, drain and set aside
  2. Pop the mushroom with 1 tsp. of white miso into a pan with a little water and simmer for 10mins
  3. Meanwhile chopped your avocado into chunks and mix into the noodles with the sesame oil, brown rice vinegar and soya sauce
  4. When 10 minutes are up, take your mushrooms off the heat and place into very cold water for a minute to stop cooking process and drain completely
  5. Mix the drained mushrooms into your noodle mix and sprinkle the Korean red chilli flakes over the top
  6. Dig in!

Want more? Check out some of my other noodle recipes here:

Inspired by the Philippines: Sticky Chicken Drumsticks with Vegetable Noodles

Inspired by Myanmar: Pork and Mango, Coconut Noodles

Inspired by Indonesia: Slow Cooked Beef Noodles, with Spinach, Fried Egg and Peanut Sambal

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Inspired by Sri Lanka – Prawn and Yellow Lentil Curry with Cheats Pol Sambola

Luckily the oven roasted spice mix makes enough for two curries, as you will want to make this again and again! Filling, earthy flavours with the added zing of the ‘Cheats Pol Sambola’ to really tickle your tastebuds.

Serves: 2, or 4 if you add rice

Prep: 30 mins
Cook: 30 – 40mins

Ingredients: For the Sri Lankan Spice Mix, 1 tsp. black peppercorns, 1 tsp. cumin seeds, 2 tsp. mustard seeds, 2 tsp. fennel seeds, 2 tsp. coriander seeds

For the lentils: 1 cup of red or yellow lentils, 3 cups of cold water, 2 cloves, 1 cinnamon stick

For the curry: 1 can of full fat coconut milk, 12 – 16 King Prawns (depending on size and how many you want!), 2 garlic cloves, 1 thumb sized piece of ginger peeled, 1 red chilli, 1 tsp of coconut oil, (can use vegetable oil), 1 tsp. tumeric

For the ‘Cheats Pol Sambola’: 1/2 small red onion finely sliced, 1.1/2 tbsps. of natural desiccated coconut, 1/2 tsp. of dried chilli flakes (more of less depending on how much heat you like), juice of 1/2 a lime, 1 tsp. fish sauce.

Method:

  1. First pre-heat your oven to 200F, place all of the spice mix spices in a roasting tin and roast for 8-10 minutes until starting to brown
  2. Rinse your lentils and add to a pan with 3 cups of cold water, the cloves and cinnamon stick
  3. Bring to the boil and then simmer for 10-15mins until softened, drain and remove the cloves and cinnamon stick and put to one side until ready to use
  4. Now make your ‘Pol Sambola’, by mixing all ingredients together and then placing in the fridge until ready to use
  5. Once your spices have cooled a bit give them a good bash in a pestle and mortar or a quick blitz in a food processor
  6. Heat the coconut oil in a large pan and add the garlic, chilli, turmeric and ginger, fry for a few minutes then add half of your spice mix, save the rest in an air tight container for another time!
  7. Fry for a further 2 – minutes before adding the cooked lentils and coating well in the mixture
  8. Add the coconut milk and simmer for 10mins
  9. Add your prawns and cook for a few minutes longer to heat through
  10. Serve with ‘Pol Samba’ and enjoy!
Three decades of civil war and the tsunami in 2004, have left the children of Sri Lanka extremely vulnerable with many of them still suffering from both emotional and physically scars. The tsunami killed tens of thousands of people and flattened towns and villages. Save The Children have since rebuilt 21 schools, safe places for children to play and provided emergency aid and education to 130,000 children. They are also working with local organisations and government to reunite children with their families and develop Early Children Care and Development programmes to give children a better future. To find out more please visit:

Remember all recipes are created for you not only to enjoy, but to also raise awareness of the struggles these countries face on a daily basis, so if you would like to make a donation to Save The Children who are working everyday to support children around the World, please visit my just giving page by clicking the link Just Giving for more information.

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Inspired by Korea – Vegan Asparagus and Ginger Pancakes

I was lucky enough recently to attend a vegan Korean cooking course with the amazing chef Da-Hae West, (check her out here https://dahaewest.com), which gave me a lot of inspiration as well as making my own Kimchi! One of the things I got to make was a vegan pancake, which is super easy, super delicious and can be adapted to suit your tastes, adding things like prawns, chicken, more chillies, no chillies it’s up to you!

I have made my own version here using lots of asparagus and ginger accompanied by two dips that I think work really well, one vegan and one full on mayo! If you have a go at making this version, or your own, get in touch as I would love to hear about your creations!

Serves: 2 as a main, 4 – 6 as a starter

Prep: 20mins

Cook: 6 – 8 mins for each pancake

Ingredients: For the pancakes: 20 asparagus spears, 250g self raising flour, 375ml ice cold sparkling water, 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 chilli thinly sliced, (more if you like the heat), 1 clove or garlic minced of thinly sliced, 1 thumb sized piece of ginger minced or thinly sliced, 4 tbsp. of oil for frying

For the Sesame Dipping Sauce: 2 tbsp. rice wine vinegar, 1 tbsp. sesame oil, 1 thinly sliced piece of ginger, 1 tsp. sesame seeds, 1/2 tsp. brown sugar

For the Chilli Mayo: 1 tbsp. rice wine vinegar, 1tbsp. mayo, 1 red chilli thinly sliced with seeds if you like the heat.

Method:

  1. First remove the woody ends from your asparagus
  2. Then add to boiling water and boil vigorously for 2 mins
  3. Drain and plunge into cold water and set aside while you make your dips and batter
  4. To make the Chilli Mayo, add the sliced chilli to the rice wine vinegar and set aside until ready to serve
  5. For the Sesame Dipping sauce, mix all of the ingredients together and set aside until ready to use
  6. Mix all of the ingredients together for the pancake except the asparagus so that it’s combined well but no need to over mix
  7. Heat 1 tbsp. of oil in a pan now add half of your pancake batter and pop 10 of the asparagus spears on top of the mixture so that they melt down into the mixture
  8. Cook for 3 – 4 minutes on one side until you start to see air pockets form on the top
  9. Now turn your pancake over (you can flip if you are brave, or use a spatula like me!), add some more oil if you notice that the pan is dry and continue to cook on the other side for 3 – 4 minutes, longer if necessary, you want it to be crispy but not burnt
  10. Repeat the same for the second pancake with the remaining mixture and asparagus
  11. Once both of your pancakes are ready, add the finishing touch to your Chilli Mayo by adding 1 tbsp. of mayo and mixing well
  12. Enjoy!

 

Remember all recipes are created for you not only to enjoy, but to also raise awareness of the struggles these countries face on a daily basis, so if you would like to make a donation to Save The Children

http://www.savethechildren.org.uk

Who are working everyday to support children around the World, please visit my just giving page by clicking the link Just Giving for more information.

Thanks x

August Recipe Review -From Portugal to India

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As many of you return to work this week and school after the summer break, let’s have a look back at the Feastforfamine recipes in August. I hope you enjoyed the recipes and even got to try some out, and whether you had a staycation or travelled further afield I hope you had fun and are feeling well rested.

First up in August was a trip to the USA for the healthy but delicious Key Lime Pots, the aim of this recipe was to try and keep all the flavour of this American classic, but without the calories and cooking time, I hope it worked!

Second up and in keeping with the summer theme, I’m thinking BBQs here and lots of them, with the Inspired by Australia – Beer soaked Chicken Wings with Apple and Cucumber Salad, really moorish and easy to make.

Summer is also a great time for picnics, so with this in mind have a look at Inspired by Portugal – Chorizo Loaf simple baking but great to share.

Last stop took us to India for some vegetarian treats with the Inspired by India – Potato and Sweetcorn Samosas with Pea Raita and I really recommend the pea raita as a stand alone dip too!

Remember all recipes are created for you not only to enjoy, but to also raise awareness of the struggles these countries face on a daily basis, so if you would like to make a donation to Save The Children who are working everyday to support children around the World, please visit my just giving page by clicking the link Just Giving for more information.

So where will we go next? Come back on Monday to find out!

See you soon!

Thanks

Rosalyn x

Inspired by India – Potato and Sweetcorn Samosas with Pea Raita

 

These lovely little samosas are mild enough for little tastebuds too! 

Makes: 12 Samosas

Prep: 30mins

Cook: 25-30mins

Ingredients: For the Samosas – 1 pack of ready made filo pastry, 1 medium sized potato, small can of sweetcorn, 1 medium sized onion, 1 tbsp olive oil, (plus a little more for putting your samosas together), 1/2 tsp. ground turmeric, 1/2 tsp. mustard seeds, 1/2 tsp. cumin seeds, small bunch of chopped coriander.

For the Pea Raita – 2 tbsp. cooked frozen peas, 150g natural yogurt, 2 tbsp. olive oil, 1/4 cucumber, 1/2 tsp. dried mint, good pinch of salt and pepper.

Method

1. Peel your potato and cut into small chunks and boil for 8mins

2. Peel and thinly slice the onion and fry in the olive oil with the dried spices on a medium heat for 5mins

3. Add your cooked potato, sweetcorn and chopped coriander to the onion and spice mixture  and cook for 2mins more to ensure all ingredients are covered in the onion and spice mix

4. Turn off the heat and leave to one side to cool

5. Preheat your oven to 180f

6. While you are waiting for the mixture to cool make the Pea Raita by combining all ingredients and giving it a good blitz in a food processor, pop in the fridge until ready to serve with your samosas

7. Now make your samosas, check out the video here https://youtu.be/09Upx-kVIvQ that shows an easy way to roll the pastry, I used a little olive oil to brush at the end to hold all in place and a little over the top before popping them in the oven

8. Pop in the oven for 25- 30 minutes until golden

9. Serve with the Pea Riata

10. Enjoy!

350,000 children are currently at risk after India’s eastern coastline was hit by Cyclone Fani, they need water, food and shelter.  As well as this recent disaster, one child in twenty dies before their fifth birthday from preventable diseases and an estimated 12 million children are employed as child labourers, often in dangerous conditions. Save The Children are currently there trying to provide help and support to these children to provide them with a better future…to find out more please visit:

https://www.savethechildren.org.uk/where-we-work/asia/india

And if you would like to make a donation via this blog, please visit my Just Giving Page, by clicking the link here Just Giving

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July Recipe Review – From New Zealand to Myanmar

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Hi All!

So how is Summer treating you so far? Exams, deadlines? Or vacations and new destinations? Whatever you are doing I hope it is filled full with sunshine, picnics, BBQs and alfresco dining!

The beginning of July marked the six month anniversary of the Feastforfamine journey and as a little bonus recipe I shared Nan’s Jam Tart, a recipe I remember fondly from my childhood and now share with my daughter, it’s so easy but so tasty and full of memories for me!

First stop in July took us to Mexico, to cool down with the Inspired by Mexico – Avocado and Cucumber Gazpacho, a really easy lunch or refreshing light starter. Next we went to Vietnam to explore a different take on the Banh Mi, the famous baguette normally filled with pork, pate, mayo and pickles. I wanted to try and create a different version that didn’t cut any of the flavour but instead offered a vegetarian option so created the Inspired by Vietnam – Aubergine Buns with Veggie Pickles and Spiced Mayo.

I love summer cooking and food, but often find it difficult to think of desserts that compliment lighter eating, so during the warmer months when entertaining, I will always make at least one pavlova as it’s light but sweet and you can add any flavour combinations you like, I definitely think I have found a winning combo with the Inspired by New Zealand – Orange, Honey and Macadamia Nut Pavlova, and I would also love to have your favourite pavlova creations too, feel free to contact me here Contact, and I will have a go and making some of them before the summer is over.

Next we went to Libya for an African twist on pasta, (https://feastforfamine.blog/2019/07/22/inspired-by-libya-spiced-orange-chicken-with-coriander-and-pinenut-pasta/) a zesty chicken dish that does not waste any of the juices from the chicken, as it drizzles down onto the coriander and pine nut pasta, great served with a fresh green salad.

Finally in July, we went to Myanmar for Pork and Mango Coconut Noodles (https://feastforfamine.blog/2019/07/29/inspired-by-myanmar-pork-and-mango-coconut-noodles/), you can use up any other left over meats you have from your Sunday Roast, but they have a saying in Myanmar ‘Of all the fruit the mango is the best, of all the meat, the pork is the best and of all the leaves lahpet is the best’, and I certainly agree with that for this recipe, the pork and mango really are the best combo…I hope you do too!

Remember all recipes are created for you not only to enjoy, but to also raise awareness of the struggles these countries face on a daily basis, so if you would like to make a donation to Save The Children who are working everyday to support children around the World, please visit my just giving page by clicking the link Just Giving for more information.

So where will we go next? Come back on Monday to find out!

See you soon!

Thanks

Rosalyn x

Inspired by Myanmar: Pork and Mango, Coconut Noodles

They have a saying in Myanmar ‘Of all the fruit the mango is the best, of all the meat, the pork is the best and of all the leaves lahpet is the best’ and I certainly agree with that for this recipe, the pork and mango really are the best combo…I hope you do too!

This recipe will also work well with any other left over meat you have from your Sunday Roast.

Serves: 2

Prep: 10mins
Cook: 30mins

Ingredients: Left over roast pork (as much as you have/like), 1/2 red onion, 1/2 fresh mango, handful of peanuts, small bunch of coriander, 1 tsp of olive oil, 1 red chilli, 1 clove of garlic, 1 thumb sized piece of ginger, 1/2 tsp. cumin seeds, 1 tsp of turmeric, 1 can of coconut milk, good splash of fish sauce, 1 lime (to make juice from 1/2 of it), 1/2 tsp. brown sugar, straight to wok noodles (2 person portion), 100ml of chicken stock.

Method:

  1. Thinly slice the garlic, chilli and ginger, heat the oil in a wok and add these ingredients along with the cumin and turmeric until all the oil is absorbed
  2. Add the coconut milk, fish sauce, lime juice, and brown sauce
  3. Simmer for 15mins
  4. Now add the left over pork, onion and mango (keep some mango back to use as a garnish at the end)
  5. Add your noodles and 100ml of chicken stock and summer for another 10-15mins until the noodles are soft and the pork is warmed through
  6. Plate up and garnish with the peanuts, coriander, the rest of the mango and lime wedges
  7. Enjoy!

‘Ten children in Myanmar die every hour. They die of illnesses that, in the 21st century, should never be fatal. We could be stopping many of these deaths — we have a plan to do it’.

To find out more about what Save The Children are planning to help children in Myanmar please visit:

https://www.savethechildren.org.uk/where-we-work/asia/myanmar-burma

And if you would like to make a donation via this blog, please visit my Just Giving Page, by clicking the link here Just Giving

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