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

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Indian Inspired – Chickpea Dahl with Eggs and Homemade Raiti

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This is a great brunch dish!

Serves: 2

Prep: 10mins

Cook: 50 -55mins

Ingredients; Tin of chickpeas, 2 eggs, 8 small cherry tomatoes, 1 chilli, 1 clove of garlic, thumb sized piece of ginger, 1 tbsp coconut oil, 1 tsp mustard seeds, 1 tsp of cumin, 1 tsp ground turmeric, 1/2 tsp coriander seeds, 200ml of water

If making Raiti, see link below.

Method:

  1. Deseed and thinly slice the chilli, setting aside 1/2 for the end
  2. Peel and finely slice the garlic, ginger and onion
  3. Heat the coconut oil in a frying pan add the spices, cook until you hear them start to pop
  4. Add the onion, garlic and chilli, fry for 2-3mins until they begin to soften
  5. Chop the cherry tomatoes in half and add to the pan, along with the chick peas and 200ml of cold water
  6. Bring to boil and then leave to simmer for 45mins, occasionally using a potato masher or spoon to slightly break down some of the chickpeas
  7. Make two small wells in your chickpea mixture, add your eggs and cook until set
  8. Serve with chapatis (sorry I cheated and used shop bought!), homemade raita, which you can find the recipe for here; Inspired by Bangladesh: Carrot Bhajis with Raita (also included extra recipes for homemade Lime Pickle and Spicy Tomato Chutney) and add a small scattering of the chilli
  9. Dig in!

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Need Some Heat This Weekend? Then Try This Green Sauce…

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I already shared this recipe as part of the Inspired by Peru – Chicken, Black Rice, Green Sauce and Avocado Salad on Monday, but this sauce is sooooo good, I thought it deserved a post in its own right! It goes well with so many things; steak, chicken, fish, sweet potato, topping off jacket potatoes with yogurt or sour cream, or basically anything that you want to add some heat too, so here’s the recipe again…

Serves: 2
Prep: 5mins/no cook

Ingredients: 2 tbsp. olive oil, 1 garlic clove, 1/2 green chilli, tsp oregano (fresh or dried), tsp. of jalepeano (jarred) peppers, juice of 1 lime, pinch of salt.

Method

  1. Chop, peel and thinly slice the garlic clove add to this the jalapeno peppers, oil, chilli, oregano, the lime juice and pinch of salt and stir well
  2. Add to everything!

Enjoy x

 

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

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The Green Sauce used here is so tasty you’ll want to add it to everything!

Serves 2 Main Course

Prep: 20mins
Cook: 30mins (plus marinating time)

Ingredients: For the chicken; 2 chicken breasts (skin removed), 1/2 tsp. of cumin seeds, 1/2 green chilli, 1 garlic clove (peeled and chopped), 1/2 tsp. paprika, 1 tbsp of olive oil

For the Black Rice; 1 cup of black rice, 1 chicken stock cube, handful of spring onions

For the Salad; 1 Avocado, 2 tbsps. of sweetcorn, 1 large tomato, squeeze of lime juice

For the Green Sauce; 2 tbsp. olive oil, 1 garlic clove, 1/2 green chilli, tsp oregano (fresh or dried), tsp. of jalepeano (jarred) peppers, juice of 1 lime, pinch of salt.

Method

  1. Mix all the ingredients for the chicken marinade, cut the chickens into strips and marinate in the mixture overnight or for as long as possible
  2. Meanwhile cooked the black rice as per instructions (these may vary by brand), and substitute one cup of the water for one cup of chicken stock. Once the rice is cooked, add the chopped spring onions and set aside
  3. Grill the chicken under a pre-heated grill for 20mins turning half way through
  4. Prepare your salad by peeling the skin of the tomato, (honestly this works and makes its own juice for the rest of the salad!), chop and mix with chopped avocado and sweetcorn adding in the lime juice before stirring
  5. Now for the sauce… chop, peel and thinly slice the garlic clove add to this the jalapeno peppers, oil, chilli, oregano, the lime juice and pinch of salt and stir well
  6. Assemble all ingredients and drizzle the chicken with the green sauce*

*You can make the green sauce first and set aside until you are ready to serve.

In Peru, children living in poor rural areas are dying, in part due to poor information and healthcare provisions, Save the Children are working with government to share better information about childcare to save lives, to find out more please visit their website: https://www.savethechildren.org.uk/where-we-work/south-central-america/peru

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March Recipe Review: From Syria to Brazil…

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

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Syrian Inspired Aubergine Dip with Honey and Pistachios

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Add to the other dips I made earlier this week for a trio of deliciousness!

Can serve up to 4 as a starter or more if added to a Meze Platter.

Prep: 10mins
Cook: 50mins

Ingredients: 1 large aubergine, juice of 1/2 a lemon, 2 tbsps of olive oil, 1 tbsp of tahini,  1 tsp sesame seeds, 1 tsp of honey, 10 pistachios.

Method

  1. Make some pricks in the aubergine then roast in a preheated over at 200f for 50 mins
  2. Allow the aubergine to cool then scrap out all of the flesh and add to a blender, along with the lemon juice, tahini, olive oil and blend to a smooth consistency and decant into a bowl
  3. Lightly toast the seasame seeds and set aside, shell and crush the pistachios, sprinkle both over the dip along with a drizzle of the honey
  4. Serve with warm pittas or make at home tortilla chips*
  5. Get dipping!

*Using shop bought tortillas, cut into triangles and lightly coat in oil and a sprinkle of salt then bake in the oven for 15mins at 200f degrees until lightly golden and crunchy!

Friday marked the eighth year of the war in Syria, millions are now living as refugees, resorting to eating animal feed and leaves 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: https://www.savethechildren.org.uk/where-we-work/middle-east/syria

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

Thanks x