Inspired by Madagascar – Vanilla, Banana and Tumeric Muffins with Sea Salt and Vanilla Glaze

Serves: Makes 10 muffins

Prep: 15mins

Cook: 20-25 mins

Ingredients: 200g self raising flour, 2 ripe bananas (mashed), 125ml of milk, 125g caster sugar, 1 egg, 60ml of olive oil, 1 tsp. vanilla essence, 1/2 tsp. turmeric powder, 1/2 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp. baking powder

For the glaze: 3 heaped tsp. of icing sugar, 1 tsp. of vanilla essence, small amount of sea salt.

Method: 

  1. Preheat your oven to 180F
  2. Mix all of your wet ingredients together for the muffin mix until light and blended well
  3. Now start folding in the flour and other dry ingredients
  4. When all combined add the mashed banana and mix well
  5. Divide equally between 10 greased muffin trays and pop into the oven for 20 – 25 minutes until nice and golden
  6. Allow to cool before adding your glaze
  7. For the vanilla glaze, mix 3 heaped tsp. of icing sugar with 1 tsp of vanilla essence and 1 tsp of water
  8. Brush the glaze over the top of the muffins and sprinkle with a little sea salt
  9. Enjoy!

Even though 80% of all vanilla comes from Madagascar, 3 out of 4 people live in poverty, with children suffering from stunted growth and many out of school, with Madagascar ranking fifth in the world for the number of out-of-school children.  Save The Children have been working to provide a better future for these children and future generations by collaborating with vanilla suppliers to improve the livelihoods of farming communities…to find out more please visit:

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

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 Ethiopia – Berber Style Peas and Broad Beans on Toast with Feta

Trying to save the pennies with December looming? Want something healthy and satisfying that won’t break the bank then try this, Inspired by Ethiopia – Berber Style Peas and Broad Beans on Toast with Feta*, made with store cupboard ingredients and bags from the freezer.

*Can omit or replace the feta with vegan cheese.

Serves: 2 – 4

Prep: 5mins
Cook: 15 -25mins

Ingredients: 4 slices of bread of your choice for serving (but would recommend something like sour dough), 2 cups of frozen broad beans, 2 cups of frozen peas, 100g feta cheese, 2 tbsp. of olive oil, 1-2 birds eye/piri piri chillies (depending on how hot you like it), 2 cloves of garlic, 1 tsp. mustard seeds, 1 tsp. dried ginger, 1/2 tsp. dried cumin, 1/2 tsp. coriander seeds, 1 tsp. dried paprika, good mil of salt and pepper, some fresh basil to serve.

Method:

  1. In a pestle and mortar blend and breakdown your spices with the garlic and add to a lidded pan with 1 tbsp. of olive oil
  2. Cook on a medium heat for around 5 mins until you hear the spices start to pop
  3. Add your broad beans and peas with an extra tbsp. of olive oil and give a good stir so that the beans and peas are coated in the spices
  4. Turn down to a low heat, pop the lid on and cook for 15-20mins until the beans are warmed through, stirring occasionaly
  5. Toast your bread and pop the spiced beans and peas on top, add some crumbled feta and a few fresh basil leaves
  6. Enjoy!

Sadly, Ethiopia is experiencing its worst drought for 50 years, destroying crops and leaving many hungry and in urgent need of food.  Thousands of lives are at risk, Save The Children are on the ground in Ethiopia delivering  urgently needed supplies and medical help, but more help is needed, to find out more please visit:

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

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 France – Healthier Baked French Toast with Pears, Walnuts and Honey

Looking for an easy no fuss brunch recipe, then try this…all cooked in the oven together so that everything is ready at the same time. I used honey for my drizzle but can use any syrup you prefer, can also add ice cream, creme fraiche or yogurt for extra deliciousness!

Serves: 4

Prep: 10mins
Cook: 20mins

Ingredients: 4 slices of brioche bread, 2 pears, 1 egg, 100ml of semi skimmed or full fat milk, 1 tsp. vanilla extract, 1 tsp. brown sugar, 2 pears, (such as Cornice or William), squeeze of lemon juice, sprinkling of brown sugar.

To Serve: 6 crushed walnut halves, good drizzle of honey.

Method:

  1. If making right away, pre-heat your oven to 200F
  2. Cut the brioche slices in half and put into a baking dish, flat side to side
  3. Beat the egg, milk, vanilla extract and sugar and pour over the top of the bread, ensuring that it is all coated in the mixture, set aside until ready to pop in the oven with the pears or even overnight in the fridge
  4. Peel and slice the pears removing the core and any seeds
  5. Pop into a baking tray and sprinkle with a little sugar and good squeeze of lemon juice
  6. Pop the pears and the brioche bread in the oven for 20mins or until golden brown on top
  7. Serve by topping the bread
  8. with the pears, drizzling over the honey and sprinkling over the crushed walnuts
  9. 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 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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September Recipe Review -From Korea to Kenya

 

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Hi All,

So how was your September? Settled back in to work and school? Or just enjoying the last of the long days before the clocks go back…Whatever you did I hope you enjoyed my tasty recipes and even got to try a few.  Let’s just have a quick recap before moving full swing into Autumn!

First stop in September was a trip to Egypt for the Inspired by Egypt – Courgette and Chickpea Salad with Dukkah, an easy and delicious vegan salad with bags of flavour, I am still sprinkling my ‘Dukkah’ too!

Next up Inspired by Korea – Vegan Asparagus and Ginger Pancakes, another vegan treat and a chance to use some of the amazing combinations I picked up from a Korean cooking course in the summer.  I choose to make a vegan option but for this recipe, but please do try with other ingredients such as prawns and shredded chicken.

Still clinging onto the idea of summer, I decided to cool things down with Inspired by Guatemala – Coffee, Banana and Chocolate Condensed Milk Ice Cream, super easy and as well as an after dinner treat can be added to different milk of your choice to make a really yummy iced coffee.

Starting to feel to strain of cooking several meals a day, I next wanted to make something that I could use as tasty lunch leftovers, with the added benefit of being filling and healthy, so I created the Inspired by Jordan – Oven Baked Fragrant Rice with Crispy Chickpeas and a Parsley Lemon and Cucumber Sauce.

Lastly in September, I wanted to get back into baking using old ideas combined with new flavours, I think I hit the spot with the Inspired by Kenya – Ginger Drizzle Sponge Cake,so much so I have been asked to make it again for a friend.  Really great with a cuppa, coffee or to be honest just on its own!

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 Kenya – Ginger Drizzle Sponge Cake

Ginger is used widely in Kenyan beverages from Kenyan Ginger Tea to Ginger Beer, often drunk with a sweet donut called ‘Mandazi’, so I wanted to create something that combines the love of ginger with a sweet treat – I hope this hits the spot!

Makes: 12 Squares

Prep: 15mins

Cook: 40 – 45 mins

Ingredients: For the Ginger Syrup, 50g of fresh ginger, 1 tbsp. brown sugar, 300ml of cold water, 85g icing sugar

For the Ginger Sponge: 115g butter, 115g caster sugar, 115g self raising flour, 2 eggs, 1/2 tsp. baking powder, 1 tsp. dried ginger, a little fresh ginger (optional).

Method:

  1. Make the ginger syrup first by adding 50g of roughly chopped fresh ginger to a pan with one tbsp. of brown sugar and 300ml of water
  2. Bring to the boil and leave on a simmer for 20mins until the liquid has reduced by half, stirring occasionally so that all the sugar dissolves
  3. Take the liquid of the heat and allow to cool, once cooled, place through a sieve to remove all of the ginger and leave to one side while you prepare the sponge
  4. Pre-heat your oven to 160F
  5. First mix together the butter and sugar until all combined and fluffy, now add your eggs and mix well
  6. Add your dry ingredients, flour, baking powder and ginger powder, folding until all combined into a thick batter
  7. Line a baking tin (I used an 18cm x 24cm rectangular tray, but you can use a round one)
  8. Pour your mixture into the tray, spreading evenly and pop in the oven for 20 -25 mins until golden brown
  9. Meanwhile add 85g of icing sugar to the ginger syrup and mix well so there isn’t any lumps
  10. While your sponge is still cooling prick the surface with a fork many times and pour over your ginger syrup, making sure to cover the whole surface of the cake
  11. Leave to cool and infuse completely then cut into 12 squares
  12. Serve with an extra sprinkle of sugar and grated fresh ginger if you wish
  13. Enjoy!

Although Kenya is one of the most developed countries in Africa, they still face many challenges. Save The Children are working in Kenya to support those who find themselves in the refugee camp Dadaab, from Somalia, and are working with nomadic communities to ensure they are better equipped for future disasters such as the severe droughts that Kenya is prone too. They are also working tirelessly to decrease the number of child, newborn and maternal deaths. To find out more, please visit:

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

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 Guatemala – Coffee, Banana and Chocolate Condensed Milk Ice Cream

Easy after dinner treat or just because… Also can be added to milks of all variety to make an excellent frappe! 

Makes: 1,000ml/500g

Prep: 5mins

Cook: No cook but 5 – 6 hours freezing timing

Ingredients: 387ml of condensed milk, 3 ripe bananas, 20g of dark chocolate (plus optional extra for grating over before serving), 1 tsp. vanilla extract, 1 shot of cooled strong espresso coffee.

Method:

  1. Blitz well, all of the ingredients in a food processor
  2. Transfer to a freezable container, old ice cream containers work best!
  3. Freeze for up to 6 hours and scrap off any ice that may appear on top before serving
  4. If making ahead leave out of the freezer for up to 30 minutes until softened
  5. Enjoy!

As well as being subject to natural disasters such as earthquakes, the children of Guatemala have also been affected by the repercussion of a 36 year civil war, which included genocide and violation of human rights, especially among poorer communities. Now in the poorest areas, 60% of children are malnourished and 19% of all children, as young as seven are sent to work.  Save The Children are helping those within the poorest communities find ways to develop healthier, sustainable livelihoods and are promoting education to ensure children have a better future.  To find out more, please visit:

https://www.savethechildren.org.uk/where-we-work/south-central-america/guatemala

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

 

 

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

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