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.


  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:

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 Canada – Maple Syrup and Pecan Candy Apples


I love autumn and all things autumnal especially Halloween and Bonfire Night, makes me think of big pots of chilli, chunky tomato soup and of course toffee apples. But if you want to try something different with even more crunch, try these Inspired by Canada – Maple Syrup and Pecan Candy Apples – yummy!

Makes: 8 Candy Apples

Prep: 10mins
Cook: 15 – 30mins (including coating time), plus at least two hours cooling time.

Ingredients: 8 Granny Smith apples, 400g golden caster sugar, 4 tbsp. maple syrup, 100g Pecan Nuts Crushed, 100ml of water, 1 tsp. vinegar.


  1. Blanch your apples in boiling water to remove any waxy coating, dry throughly and pop  a wooden skewer firmly into the top of each apple and leave to one side
  2. Now make your coating by placing the sugar in a pan with 100ml of water, cook for 5 – 10mins on a medium heat stirring continuosly until all the sugar has dissolved and there are no lumps or grains of sugar left
  3. Add the vinegar and maple syrup and turn the heat up so it starts to boil and at ‘hard crack stage’, this should only take a few minutes but to test your mixture is ready try testing a little in some cold water, if it sets hard straight away it’s ready, if not leave on the heat for a few more minutes more, then when ready turn off the heat and work quickly to coat the apples
  4. This can be quite a messy job so place your apples on some parchment paper so that this catches any drips, (as the mixture and pan is very hot I would not recommend doing this part with little ones), now start coating your apples by using the skewer to turn the apples in the pan, tipping the pan when needed and making sure you coat the whole apple, continue to do this with all eight apples
  5. Sprinkle the crushed Pecans over the top of the apples and leave to cool for at least two hours or overnight
  6. 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.

Thanks x

To find out what Save The Children in Canada are doing to help children around the World, please visit:

Back to School Lunch Box/After School Treat Ideas


Hi All,

Looking for some easy lunch box or after school treats this week? Then try one or both of my gluten free cookie recipes…Nutella or Peanut Butter Cookies, you choose! Please click on the links below to go straight to these deliciously easy recipes:

Super Easy Gluten Free Nutella Cookies

Inspired by Nigeria: Peanut Butter, Coconut and Banana Chip Crumbly Cookies

Have a great week!


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.


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 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:

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


Feastforfamine Six Months in – Celebrating with Nan’s Jam Tart

So this week, marks the six month anniversary of the Feastforfamine Journey, and I would like to say a big thank you to everyone that has supported me during this time…We have been to a lot of places together and at the end of this post is a complete list of all the recipes created so far and I’d love to have your feedback if you’ve managed to make any of them!

To mark the 6 months, I would like to share with you all, a recipe very close to my heart, it’s another one from my childhood, but this time one I used to watch my Nan make all the time, when I was little, and one that later, I helped her make…Nan’s Jam Tart. 20190523_101443.jpg

Growing up not only did I have great neighbours, (remember the Inspired by the Philippines: Sticky Chicken Drumsticks with Vegetable Noodles), My grandparents also lived two doors down, so whenever I felt a bit peckish or fancied a natter, I would wander down to my Grandparents house and chat away with my Nan while she cooked, I remember not only how good this tasted but also how quickly my Nan put it all together, including making her own pastry!

This recipe I remember so fondly, and loved making this recently with my own daughter…I hope you enjoy it too, so here it is:

Nan’s Jam Tart

Serves: 6

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 30mins chill time/20 mins in the oven

Ingredients: 100g salted or unsalted butter, 200g self raising flour, 1 egg,

For the filling: jar of jam (your choice but I used one from the St. Dalfour range, as it has less sugar).


  1. Mix the butter and flour into a breadcrumb like consistency, then add one egg to combine the mixture, make into a ball and leave in the fridge for 30mins
  2. Pre-heat your oven to 180F
  3. Roll out your pastry to the thickness of a pound coin
  4. Grease a cake tin ( I used one with W20cm), place the pastry on top, gently pushing down, cutting off any excess which you can use for decoration,
  5. Make a few fork marks across the base and now spread your jam all over
  6. Bake in the oven for 20mins…
  7. Eat hot or cold, served with custard, ice cream or just a nice cuppa!


Feastforfamine Recipes January – July 2019:

Inspired by the Ukraine: Beetroot Soup with Shredded Chicken, Garlic Breadcrumbs and Dill infused Yogurt

Inspired by Bangladesh: Carrot Bhajis with Raita (also included extra recipes for homemade Lime Pickle and Spicy Tomato Chutney)

Spicy Oven Cooked Aubergines with my Bangladeshi Inspired Spicy Tomato Chutney!

Inspired by Nigeria: Peanut Butter, Coconut and Banana Chip Crumbly Cookies

Super Easy Gluten Free Nutella CookiesSuper Easy Gluten Free Nutella Cookies

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

Inspired by Zimbabwe: Tomato Chicken Stew with Peanut Butter Rice

Inspired by Mozambique – Rich Chocolate, Cashew Nut and Sweet Potato Mousse

Inspired by Yemen – Scrambled Eggs with Green Beans and Hot Spiced Yogurt, Served with Clove and Cardamon Black Tea

Inspired by Haiti – Crab and Sweet Potato Fritters

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

Inspired by the Lebanon – Whole Roast Lebanese Chicken with A Cauliflower, Bulgar Wheat Tabbouleh

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

Inspired by Syria – Garlicky Roasted Courgette and Carrot, Honey, Cumin and Pine Nut Dips

Syrian Inspired Fruit Salad

Syrian Inspired Aubergine Dip with Honey and Pistachios

Inspired by Greece – Oregano and Garlic Roasted Tomatoes with Lemon, Feta and Olive Topped Jacket Potatoes

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

Indian Inspired – Chickpea Dahl with Eggs and Homemade Raiti

Easter Bunnies with Hazlenut Noses…

Inspired by Afghanistan: Spiced Slow Cooked Lamb, Carrot, Almond, Tumeric and Sultana Rice with Carrot Yogurt

Inspired by Spain – Smokey Bean Stew with Paprika Mayo

Inspired by Columbia – Tuna Steak Stew with Lime and Oregano

Inspired by England – Egg and Bacon Oven Baked Muffins

Hummus…we have a problem!

Inspired by the Philippines: Sticky Chicken Drumsticks with Vegetable Noodles

Inspired by the Philippines: Tapioca and Mango Jelly Pots

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

Inspired by Japan: Omelette with Yellow Sauce and Pickles

Inspired by Iraq – Cucumber, Dill and Yogurt Soup

Inspired by Nepal – Fried Tumeric Fish with Fresh Mint Sauce

Inspired by South Africa – Mild Beef Curry with Banana

Inspired by The Ivory Coast – Coconut and Salty Peanut Truffles

Remember these recipes are made not only for you to enjoy, but to also raise awareness about the struggles some of these countries face, so if you would like to make a donation in support of Save the Children and the amazing work they do, please visit my Just Giving page:

Thanks x

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