November Recipe Review – From Italy to Ethiopia!

 

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Hi All,

November seemed like a short month here at FeastForFamine, but I still managed to squeeze in four recipes that I hope you liked, some designed to save the pennies and some to keep you warm this winter.

So first up was  Inspired by Ethiopia – Berber Style Peas and Broad Beans on Toast with Feta, a really filling cheap and easy recipes that can be used for lunch brunch or dinner and the addition of the Berber, a traditional spice mix from Ethiopia, is sure to warm you up on a cold day.

Next, Madagascar for a sweet treat, Inspired by Madagascar – Vanilla, Banana and Tumeric Muffins with Sea Salt and Vanilla Glaze, lovely light muffins with earthy turmeric and lots and lots of vanilla, making the most of Madagascars’ biggest export! You will want to make this again and again.

Thinking of winter nights, but wanting to stay healthy, I created the Inspired by Romania – Horseraddish and Dill Roasted Salmon with White Beans, Beetroot and Kale full of goodness and deep wintery flavours favoured by Romania.

Last stop in November and to a regular place of inspirations in many households, was to Italy for Inspired by Italy – A Kinda Osso Buco Ragu with Smashed Rosemary Potatoes, a healthier way of cooking this Italian favourite, and great for leftovers poured over pasta the next day.

Hope you are all getting into the festive spirit and are looking forward to the recipes that will be coming here in December, December also marks the last month that you can make donations to my fundraising year for Save The Children, so remember all recipes are created for you not only to enjoy, but to also raise awareness of the struggles countries around the World 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 Venezuela – Pan Coated Pork with Avocado Green Sauce

Serves: 4

Prep: 15mins
Cook: 8 – 10 minutes

Ingredients: 4 pork chops (fat removed), 3 heaped tbsp. of PAN or other maize flour, 2 eggs, 1 heaped tbsp. of flour, 1 tsp of oregano good mil of salt and pepper, oil for frying

For the green sauce: 1 small avocado, 1 small bunch of coriander chopped 2 tbsp. olive oil, 1 garlic clove, 1/2 green chilli, tsp oregano (fresh or dried), juice of 1 lime, pinch of salt.

Method:

  1. Make sure all fat is removed from the pork and bash with a rolling pin to thin the chops
  2. Mix the PAN flour with the oregano and salt and pepper and set aside until ready to use
  3. Coat each chop in the flour, then the egg, then the PAN mix, pressing the mixture into the chops so that are coated fully
  4. Put the chops aside until ready to fry while you make your Avocado Green Sauce
  5. To make the sauce blitz all ingredients in the food processor and add seasoning to taste, if the sauce is too thick add a little more oil or lime juice
  6. Heat some oil in a pan and cook your pork for 4 minutes each side or until it starts to turn golden brown
  7. Serve with the green sauce over the top, I also added roast sweet potatoes and a green salad but you can add whatever accompaniments you like.
  8. Enjoy!

Now for the hard part…

As violence, political and economic instability continues in Venezuela, it is estimated that 3 million people have fled their homes, with at least 1 million now based in nearby Columbia. This figure includes 300,000 children, some of whom are travelling alone leaving them incredibly vulnerable. It is predicted that by the end of 2019, this number will rise to 5.3 million.

Below are some stark statistic from Save The Children US, on the impact this current situation is having on children still in Venezuela:

  • 15% of school-age children are out of school
  • 16 out of 1,000 children die before their 5th birthday
  • 33% of people live in poverty
  • 13% of children suffer from stunting due to malnutrition

If you would like to find out more please visit: https://www.savethechildren.org/us/what-we-do/where-we-work/latin-america/venezuela

If you are still looking for some South American inspiration, take a look at the list of other recipes created here at FeastforFamine, including delicious recipes like Crab and Sweet Potato Fritters and Piri Piri Style Turkey Breast!

Inspired by Haiti – Crab and Sweet Potato Fritters

Inspired by Columbia – Tuna Steak Stew with Lime and Oregano

Inspired by Mexico – Avocado and Cucumber Gazpacho

Inspired By Ecuador – Slow Cooked Pork and Bean Stew with Cheesy Potato Cakes

Inspired by Peru – Chicken, Black Rice, Green Sauce and Avocado SaladInspired by

Brazil Piri Piri Style Turkey Breast, Black Beans, Orange and Tomato Rice, Smashed Avocado and a Simple Salsa

Inspired by Haiti – Banana and Mango Mock Ice Cream with Dark Chocolate and Cashew Nut Shards

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 Italy – A Kinda Osso Buco Ragu with Smashed Rosemary Potatoes

Try this cheap, healthier alternative to traditional Osso Buco dishes, slow cooked with loads of veg, and smashed potatoes…use up any left overs by mixing with cooked pasta and some cheese – yummy!

Serves: 4

Prep: 20mins
Cook: 3.5-4 hours

Ingredients: Roughly 500g piece of Osso Buco, 1 can of chopped tomatoes, 4 medium carrots, 1 large onion, handful of mushrooms, (such as white, chestnut, button), 2 large tomatoes, 4 celery sticks, 2 cloves of garlic, 1 heaped teaspoons of dried oregano, 1 heaped teaspoon of dried thyme, 2 bay leaves, 1 beef or vegetable stock cube made up with 250ml of water, a little oil for browning

For the potatoes: 500g of new potatoes, few springs of fresh rosemary, 2 tbsp. of olive oil, good mil of salt and pepper.

Method:

  1. Start by browning your meat in a pan with a little oil
  2. Once done, transfer to an oven proof lidded pan/deep dish
  3. Roughly chop all of your veggies including the garlic and add to the pan
  4. Top up with the stock and tinned tomatoes and sprinkle over your dried herbs and give a good mix
  5. Pop in a pre-heated oven at 130F and cook for 3.5 hours, checking half way through to see if it needs any added moisture, (if it does you can top up with a little extra stock)
  6. About an hour before your meat is ready, start on your potatoes
  7. Place the potatoes in a pan of salted boiling water and cook for 20mins
  8. After 20mins, drain well and give the potatoes a light mash with a potato masher to break them down a bit
  9. Transfer to an oven proof dish, mix together the olive oil and rosemary and pour over the potatoes and add a sprinkling of salt and pepper
  10. Cook alongside the Osso Buco for 20 – 30 minutes until they start to turn golden on top
  11. Dig in!!!

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.

Thanks x

Inspired by Australia – Beer soaked Chicken Wings with Apple and Cucumber Salad

Looking for a super easy marinade for your chicken, then you need to try this, great baked in the oven or on the BBQ.

Makes: 16 wings

Prep: 10mins

Cook: 40mins

Ingredients: For the chicken wings; 250ml beer, 1 tbsp. runny honey, 1 tsp. English mustard, a little salt.

For the salad; 1 green apple, 1/2 cucumber, good squeeze of lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste.

Method:

  1. Combine the beer, honey and mustard and mix well
  2. Add your chicken wings and make sure they are submerged in the liquid
  3. Leave in the fridge overnight or for as least 4 hours
  4. Preheat your oven to 200f
  5. Take the chicken wings out of the marinade and place onto a baking tray, pouring a little of the marinade over to stop them drying out
  6. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper and bake in the oven until golden brown but not burnt, (35-40mins), alternatively you could cook these on the bbq!
  7. To make your salad chop your cucumber and apple into chunks, mix together and add a good squeeze of lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Serve your chicken wings alongside the salad
  9. Enjoy!

To find out about the amazing work Save The Children Australia are currently doing to support children across the globe, please visit the link:

https://www.savethechildren.org.au

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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Inspired by Libya – Spiced Orange Chicken with Coriander and Pinenut Pasta

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This is an easy tasty dish, with lots of fresh flavours so great for the summer!

Serves: 2 as a main

Prep: 10 mins

Cook: 35 – 40 mins

Ingredients: For the chicken; 4 chicken thighs, juice of an orange, 1 garlic clove, tsp. ground cinnamon, tsp. turmeric powder, tsp. olive oil, salt and pepper.

For the pasta; 120g of dried pasta, small bunch of coriander, 15g of Pinenuts.

Method:

  1. Pre-heat your oven of 200F
  2. In a pestle and mortar add all your dry ingredients plus the olive oil and blend to a paste, add your orange juice and mix well
  3. Place your chicken thighs on a roasting tray and pour over the mixture with some salt and pepper on top (you can leave the chicken to marinate in the fridge at this point)
  4. Add 100ml of cold water to the bottom of the pan and roast for 35 – 40 mins, the chicken should be crispy and brown but not burnt!
  5. 10 minutes before your chicken is ready, cook your pasta, ( I used fusilli)
  6. Once cooked mix the chopped coriander through the pasta, pop your chicken on top and add all the juices from the tray
  7. Sprinkle over the pinenuts and serve with a crisp green salad
  8. Enjoy!

Save The Children, were the first international aid agency to go into Libya when fighting broke out in 2011, they are still there on the ground, supporting those affected by the conflict, and offering support to the many refugees now living in Tunisia, to find out more please visit:

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

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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