Easter Time With Feastforfamine Friends

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Easter is a time of celebration. It’s celebrated across the World with many traditions spanning centuries. It is also a time to spend with family and friends and a fun time for children and some adults with the mass production of Easter eggs, Easter egg hunts, bonnet making and, of course, the Easter Bunny!

As part of Feastforfamines’ philosophy to celebrate food from all corners of the world, I’d like to share with you some of the lovely foodie traditions that have been passed on to me. There are new recipes to enjoy as well, such as an Afghan twist on one of my own traditions – roast lamb Inspired by Afghanistan: Spiced Slow Cooked Lamb, Carrot, Almond, Tumeric and Sultana Rice with Carrot Yogurt

So let’s start with Spain and a dessert that my friend Victoria tells me is synonymous with Easter – ‘Torrijas’. Torrijas are a cross between Eggy Bread and French Toast, which means you could also enjoy these as a lovely Easter Brunch too. Have a look at how to make these delicious treats here: https://youtu.be/iRaAEmyY6ig

My friend Angela has said that in Poland, Easter is bigger than Christmas when it comes to celebrating, and it sounds like they have a huge amount of fun. Easter greeting cards are sent, children turn their hands to egg painting , lambs made from sugar adorn family tables and there are no shortage of water fights!! Festive Easter dishes include Babka Bread and a wonderful Polish cheesecake which I have on good authority tastes even better if you add some booze soaked cherries on top. You can find Angela’s favourite cheesecake recipe here: http://allrecipes.co.uk/recipe/41676/polish-style-vanilla-cheesecake.aspx

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Over to Russia where Sasha has told me that, like in many other parts of the World, fasting is a common practice at this time. Here, it culminates in much eating of the cake Paskha, a cheesecake made using traditional moulds. Have a look at one way of making it here: https://www.whats4eats.com/desserts/paskha-recipe There is also a creative tradition here too, with eggs dyed in vibrant colours and cookies decorated .

In Portugal, my friend Cesar tells me that some families cook ‘Cabrito’, a roasted goat dish, which brings to mind my own memories of Easter as a child. A variation of this recipe may use lamb instead of goat and can be stewed in red wine, rather than roasting. It’s also enjoyed at Christmas time. If you’d like to read more about it, have a look here: https://catavino.net/recipes/portuguese-recipe-cabrito-assado-roasted-goat/

Children still enjoy Easter Eggs in Portugal, but they also like to share sugared almonds and ‘torroes’, which are coloured sugar cubes. Cesar likes to prepare a crab mousse for him and his family at this time of year. It’s a simple dish but takes a lot of time, so a perfect treat when you have a long weekend to cook, he combines all the meat from the crab with boiled eggs and pickles and I was also luckily enough try it this weekend, it was delicious!

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Speaking of crab, but moving to a warmer climate, my friend Nathalie tells me there is a wonderful tradition in Martinique where a crab dish called Matoutou is made and taken to share on the beach. The recipe involves cooking a whole crab with rice, chives, onions, garlic, tomatoes, allspice leaves, chilli pepper, lemon, cloves and a spice called Colombo powder, all left to simmer until cooked. In Martinique crab is such a popular dish at this time of year they also hold a Crab Fair in Le Vauclin.

Now for my own memories of sweet Easter Treats. Did any of you ever make those little Easter nests at school? Or at home? I still make them now with my daughter. They’re easy to prepare, cute and delicious.

I also like to make biscuits and cookies around this time, and recently made Easter Bunnies with Hazelnut Noses. You can find the recipe here: https://wordpress.com/post/feastforfamine.blog/397

I think that most people would agree there is a lot of chocolate consumed at Easter time! But did you know that the Ivory Coast is one of the biggest producers of the cocoa bean in the World? I decided to have a go at making some sweet treats inspired by the Ivory Coast a recipe which I will share with you all soon!

So spring is here, the Easter egg hunt is on and whatever your traditions are at this time of year, I hope you have fun cooking some amazing treats this weekend.

Easter Bunnies with Hazlenut Noses…

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These not too sweet Easter Bunnies are so easy to make…and eat!

Makes 6 – 10 biscuits depending on the size of your cutter.

Prep: 10mins

Cook: 15mins

Ingredients: 300g self raising flour plus a little more for rolling and dusting, 150g caster sugar, 150g low fat spread (I used flora), 50g of coco powder, 1 egg, 6 Hazelnuts (or more if making more biscuits).

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 150F

2. In a bowl add all your dry ingredients and mix well

3. Now add the low fat spread and use your hands to turn into a breadcrumb like consistency

4. Add the egg and mix well, add a little more flour if too wet and bring to a dough

5. Dust a clean surface with some flour and roll out the dough to about the thickness of a £1 coin

6. Line a baking tray with baking parchment

7. Cut out your bunny shapes and place onto the baking tray

8. Cook in the oven for 15mins, remove and before you leave to cool place a hazelnut in the centre of each face to make a nose…

9. Leave to cool and enjoy with a cuppa or a glass of milk20190406_162203-1.jpg

If you’d like to support a great cause, then have a look at the amazing work Save The Children UK are currently doing in 68 countries: www.savethechildren.org.uk

And if you’d like to make a donation via my Just Giving page, please visit: Just Giving

 

 

Nuts about Nuts?

thumbnail_IMG_20190328_122722_779And seeds of course! I love using them in my recipes, my favs are Sesame, Pinenuts  and Cashews…what about you?

Did you know that Mozambique is one of the biggest producers of Cashew Nuts? And right now they need your help, after the devastation left behind by Cyclone Idai.

Please visit Save The Children’s website to find out more:

http://www.savethechildren.org.uk

I am also reposting my recipes from both Mozambique Inspired by Mozambique – Rich Chocolate, Cashew Nut and Sweet Potato Mousse and Nigeria Inspired by Nigeria: Peanut Butter, Coconut and Banana Chip Crumbly Cookies in light of the recent events there.

If you would like to make a donation to my Just Giving page, where all proceeds go directly to Save The Children, to support the amazing work they do in these countries and many more, please visit Just Giving to find out more.

Thanks x

February Recipes Review: From Yemen to Haiti…

Hi All!

So how am I doing with my Food from the World for the World?

February was a short month but I managed to take you to a few new places! First stop was Zimbabwe for a delicious, cheap and easy Inspired by Zimbabwe: Tomato Chicken Stew with Peanut Butter Rice

Next stop Mozambique for a rich chocolate dessert just in time for Valentines…Inspired by Mozambique, gluten-free, rich Dark Chocolate, Cashew Nut and Sweet Potato Mousse.

From Mozambique we made a visit to Yemen for Inspired by Yemen – Scrambled Eggs with Green Beans and Hot Spiced Yogurt, Served with Clove and Cardamon Black Tea, giving new flavours to an all time comfort food, also timely linked with Save The Childrens’ current campaign, Pens for Peace in Yemen. For more details please visit the link: https://www.savethechildren.org.uk/where-we-work/middle-east/yemen

As some of you were feeling the spring like weather early this year, for our last stop in February, I decided to take us somewhere to try something a bit lighter, so we went to Haiti… twice! Once for Inspired by Haiti – Crab and Sweet Potato Fritters and a last little February treat of mock ice cream! Inspired by Haiti – Banana and Mango Mock Ice Cream with Dark Chocolate and Cashew Nut Shards

So where will March take us? Come back on Monday to find out…and in the meantime I would love to have your feedback on the recipes created by Feastforfamine so far, and please feel free to share your recipes too!

Thanks

Rosalyn x

Happy Valentines…

Valentines is all about love right? Wrong it’s all about chocolate! So why not try one of my chocolate recipes tonight? You can choose from my Super Easy Gluten Free Nutella Cookies or the Inspired by Mozambique, Sweet Potato, Cashew, Chocolate Mousse, which ever you choose have a great chocolate filled day!

And have a heart and donate  to Save The Children via my just giving page at the same time!

Just Giving

Big Love

x

January Recipes Review: From the Ukraine to Indonesia…

Hi All!

So how am I doing with my Food from the World for the World?

In January, I took you too…the Ukraine with my Beetroot Soup with Shredded Chicken, Garlic Breadcrumbs and Dill infused Yogurt, https://wp.me/pahvtD-1S hoping to start the year off with something healthy and comforting.

Next stop…Bangladesh for my Carrot Bhajis with Raita, https://wp.me/pahvtD-1n (also included extra recipes for homemade Lime Pickle and Spicy Tomato Chutney), and even showed you another recipe to use up the chutney, the Spicy Oven Cooked Aubergines https://wp.me/pahvtD-3Q with my Bangladeshi Inspired Spicy Tomato Chutney!

From Bangladesh we made a visit to Nigeria for my Peanut Butter, Coconut and Banana Chip Crumbly Cookies, https://wp.me/pahvtD-21 which got me to thinking about other store cupboard favourites, and decided to experiment… the results of which were the Super Easy Gluten Free Nutella cookies https://wp.me/pahvtD-3Y which went down a treat in my household…

Last stop in January was my favourite, Inspired by Indonesia – Slow Cooked Beef Noodles, with Spinach, Fried Egg and Peanut Sambal, https://wp.me/pahvtD-3Z using cheap cuts of meat to create something that really wakes up your taste buds as well as providing a bit of heat on a cold January day.

So where will February take us? Come back on Monday to find out…and in the meantime I would love to have your feedback on the recipes created by Feastforfamine so far!

Thanks

Rosalyn x

Super Easy Gluten Free Nutella Cookies

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These are soooooo easy and delicious to boot! Lovely, lazy recipes to make with yourself or with children.

Recipe created after a friend ask if I could make my recent Peanut Butter Cookies using Nutella, what a good idea! https://feastforfamine.blog/2019/01/21/inspired-by-nigeria-peanut-butter-coconut-and-banana-chip-crumbly-cookies/

I have added some extra ingredients but you can add in what you like, raisins, different types of nuts and dried fruit, or just stick with the desiccated coconut to add texture… enjoy!

Makes 12

Prep: 5mins
Cook: 10mins

 Ingredients: 200g Nutella, 1 large egg, 20g of chopped hazelnuts, 30g dried banana chips, 40g desiccated coconut (unsweetened)

 Method:

  1. Preheat the oven 160 (fan), line a baking tray with parchment paper
  2. Mix all your dry ingredients into the Nutella
  3. Add your egg and mix really well
  4. Now using a teaspoon make 12 rounded shapes on your parchment paper, leaving some space in between each one as the mixture will spread
  5. Now bake for 10mins, remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before transferring onto a plate to eat straight away or an airtight container…yum!

One of the main problems facing children in Nigeria is the availability of nutritious food in order to help them grow and develop. There is also a lack of immunisation, and general health care needed to support mothers, their new born babies and young children, to find out what Save The Children are doing to help, please visit the link:

https://www.savethechildren.org.uk/where-we-work/africa/Nigeria

If you would like to make a donation please visit the

link:https://justgiving.com/fundraising/feastforfamine

Thanks x