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

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

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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).

Method:

  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!

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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:

http://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/feastforfamine

Thanks x

Inspired by South Africa – Mild Beef Curry with Banana

I really enjoyed making this dish, it is a recipe given to me by my lovely friend Liz, who grew up in South Africa, I asked her a while back to tell me more about the food there as I have yet to visit, (but it’s on my list!), and if there were any dishes that are sentimental to her.

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Here is a lovely photo of Liz with her Dad back in South Africa and the Beef Curry here is something she remembers really fondly, Liz said that it always reminds her of home and growing up was a popular takeaway treat.  As a child her Dad would drive her family to the local Qasba and eat this meal with fresh bananas to give it sweetness. Ancestrally from Portugal, Liz has now returned and lives on the Portuguese Island Madeira, she still makes this for her family and having recently made it for mine, I will be making it again. It’s so easy but so tasty, Liz said it works really well with Chicken too, and the only thing I have done differently in this recipe is rather than cook it on the hob, I finished it off in the oven so I could use a cheaper cut of beef, the apricot jam also works well too…who knew!

Serves: 4

Prep: 20mins
Cook: 1.5 – 2 hours

Ingredients: 500g chuck steak, 2 medium sized potatoes, 1 large carrot, 1 medium – large onion, 1 clove of garlic, 1 tbsp. olive oil, 2 bananas
For the curry paste: 1 tbsp. white flour, 1 tbsp. apricot jam, 1 tsp. curry powder, 1 tsp. of sugar, pinch of salt

Method

  1. Pre-heat oven to 130F
  2. Peel and chop the potatoes and carrot into cubes, set aside
  3. Peel and slice the onion and garlic, add to a lidded oven proof pan with 1 tbsp. of olive oil and gentle fry for a few minutes on a medium heat
  4. Add the beef and cook until it starts to brown, add 100ml of water and turn the heat off while you make the paste
  5. To make the paste, mix together all of the paste ingredients, adding a little water if too thick
  6. Mix this in with your meat, add the chopped carrot and potatoes, pop the lid on and cook in the a preheated oven for 1 hour
  7. After 1 hour, add 100ml of water and cook for another hour
  8. After another hour, check if it needs a little more water and add if necessary and cook for another 30 – 45 mins until the meat is really tender
  9. Serve with cooked rice and slices of fresh banana, (for the rice, you can follow pack instructions, or what I do is cook 1 part rice to two parts water, bring the rice to the boil and then simmer lid on for 10mins until all the water is absorbed, do not be tempted to take the lid off until it has finished it’s simmering time!)
  10. Enjoy!

 

In South Africa, 50,000 children a year, under the age of five die from treatable and preventable disease, many children live in poverty in homes without access to sanitation, poorly educated and victims of abuse and neglect.  Save The Children are working closely with 140 Children’s Committees across South Africa to address these issues and are also working with government to make sure healthcare is accessible to children through school.  To find out more please visit:

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

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

Thanks x

 

May Recipe Review : From England to Japan

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Hi All!

So how was the month of May? Weather a bit warmer, perhaps warm enough for your first BBQ or Al Fresco dining experience?

For FeastforFamine, May was a simple month with easy, straight forward recipes making the most of basic ingredients like eggs, starting with a visit to England for Egg and Bacon Oven Baked Muffins, great for a brunch, breakfast on the go, or as part of a picnic.

May was also an opportunity for me to share with you a wonderful dinner recipe and memory from my childhood with the Inspired by the Philippines: Sticky Chicken Drumsticks with Vegetable Noodles, and to complete this special dinner I created these Inspired by the Philippines: Tapioca and Mango Jelly Pots to go with it.

I really love one pot meals especially when wanting to feed many or just do a bit of batch cooking, the Ecuadorian Pork is great for this, so if you haven’t already, try the Inspired By Ecuador – Slow Cooked Pork and Bean Stew with Cheesy Potato Cakes

May also had a little bonus recipe too, with my simple Hummus recipe because who doesn’t like hummus!

And finally we were back to breaking eggs but this time in Japan for the Inspired by Japan: Omelette with Yellow Sauce and Pickles

I hope you enjoyed the recipes in May and even got to make some!

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 the Philippines: Sticky Chicken Drumsticks with Vegetable Noodles

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Growing up I was so lucky to live next door to a wonderful family, who came over from the Philippines in the 70s. I have such fond memories of playing with their daughter Marianne when I was little, but most of all I remember their generosity, as more often than not they would knock on our door with steaming plates of noodles, chicken and other delicious foods! I have kept in touch with the family ever since, who still live next door to my childhood home. I have been in touch with them recently and Marianne and her father Tony have shared with me one of their noodle recipes and a really tasty, but simple marinade that they used on the chicken.

I made this recipe recently for my own family and it felt so good to share this delicious dish and the happy memories attached to it, I hope you enjoy it too!

Serves: 4

Prep: 20 mins plus marinating time

Cook: 45 mins

Ingredients: For the Chicken Drumsticks; 8 chicken drumsticks, 3 tbsp. of tomato ketchup, 1 tbsp. of soy sauce, 1 garlic clove

For the noodles; 250g dried wok noodles, 1 red pepper, 2 celery sticks, 1 carrot, 1/2 Chinese cabbage (or you can use something like Savoy), 1 small/medium onion, 2 cloves of garlic, 1 chicken stock cube, tbsp. of soy sauce, 1 tbsp. of oil

Method

  1. First make your chicken marinade, thinly slice your garlic clove and mix together with the ketchup and soy sauce
  2. Coat your drumsticks in the mixture and leave in the fridge for at least 30mins or overnight
  3. Preheat your oven to 210F, place your chicken in the middle of the oven and cook for 35 – 45 mins turning half way through and checking that your chicken is cooked before serving, (use a knife close to the bone to make sure all the juices are clear)
  4. While your chicken is cooking prepare your noodles
  5. Thinly slice your onion and garlic and set aside
  6. Thinly shred the cabbage and dice all the other vegetables
  7. In a wok or deep saucepan heat the oil and gently cook the onion and garlic for 5 mins
  8. To this now add the chicken stock made with 100ml of water and the soy sauce, mix and add the rest of your veg to the pan, give it a good stir
  9. Now add your dried noodles and 720ml of boiling water
  10. Bring to a high simmer and leave your noodles to absorb all the water for 6 – 8 minutes stirring occasionally ( I have never cooked noodles like this before and was a bit nervous, but it worked a treat and it meant that they soaked up ALL of the flavours).
  11. Serve the steaming noodles with your cooked chicken and enjoy…I know I did!

Save The Children have been working in the Philippines since 1981, but more recently have been helping to rebuild communities after the devastating Typhoon Haiyan in 2013. Sadly just two years later the Philippines were struck again, in 2015 by Koppu, displacing 700,000 people. Save The Children are now working hard to help these families rebuild their lives and prepare for future emergencies. If you would like to find out more please visit:

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

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

Thanks x

March Recipe Review: From Syria to Brazil…

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Hi All!

So has Spring finally sprung?

As the nights started to hint at being a bit longer and the days a bit brighter, I decided to share with you some lighter, more colourful recipes.

I often cook a roast chicken at home as it’s not only delicious on first sitting, but great for left overs too, however I do get a bit bored sometimes,  so decided to spice things up a bit with our first stop to the Lebanon, for the Inspired by the Lebanon – Whole Roast Lebanese Chicken with A Cauliflower, Bulgar Wheat Tabbouleh

Next stop, still wanting to add a bit more zing to my dinner table, we made a visit to Brazil, known for its love of ‘Piri Piri’, for the Inspired by Brazil Piri Piri Style Turkey Breast, Black Beans, Orange and Tomato Rice, Smashed Avocado and a Simple Salsa

From Brazil we went to Syria, a lot, first off Inspired by Syria – Garlicky Roasted Courgette and Carrot, Honey, Cumin and Pine Nut Dips, which I dipped into many times!! Then something to brighten up the breakfast table Syrian Inspired Fruit Salad and finally  Syrian Inspired Aubergine Dip with Honey and Pistachios to complete the trio of Mezes!

March, marked the eighth year of the war in Syria, millions are now living as refugees, resorting to eating leaves and animal feed to survive. Thousands of children have been killed and many of those surviving are separated from their families and are living with severe injuries as a result of this brutal conflict. Save The Children are working tirelessly to help those still in Syria, to find out more please visit the link:

http://www.savethechildren.org.uk/where-we-work/middle-east/syria

And if you would like to make a donation via my just giving page please click Just Giving for more information.

Last stop and thinking of those longer nights to come, we went to Greece and the humble jacket potato for the Inspired by Greece – Oregano and Garlic Roasted Tomatoes with Lemon, Feta and Olive Topped Jacket Potatoes

So where will April take us? Come back next week 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

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

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An easy peasy Mediterranean twists on an all time go-to dish!

Serves 2

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 1.5 hours

Ingredients
2 Baking Potatoes, 2 Beef Tomatoes or 4 smaller ones, 2 tbsps. of olive oil, 50g feta cheese, 1 tsp oregano, 1 clove of garlic, handful of black olives, salt and pepper, squeeze of lemon.

Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 220F
  2. Place your jacket potatoes in the oven and cook your potatoes for up to 1.5 hours depending on size. (I normally pierce with a fork, wrap in tin foil and add a little olive oil and a sprinkling of salt for a really tasty skin…)
  3. Slice your tomatoes, finely slice your garlic and place in an oven proof dish
  4. Sprinkle over the oregano and the olive oil
  5. 30mins before your potatoes are ready, pop the tomato dish in and cook along with the potatoes for the remaining 30mins
  6. To Serve, cut your potatoes in half, spoon over the tomato mixture, including all the juices, crumble over the feta and the black olives, adding salt and pepper to taste, a squeeze of lemon and…
  7. Dig in!

2015 saw Greece become the main point of entry for over 1 million refugees and migrants. Border closure between Greece and Macedonia has now left thousands of people stranded, including 2,000 children who are waiting for legal asylum before they can leave. Living conditions are very poor in the refugee camps and children are at risks of exploration as many families are turning to smugglers to get outside of the camps. To find out what Save The Children are doing children in these camps, please visit:
http://www.savethechildren.org.uk/where-we-work/europe/greece

If you would like to make a monetary donation please visit the link: https://justgiving.com/fundraising/Feastforfamine

Thanks x