Inspired by New Zealand – Orange, Honey and Macadamia Nut Pavlova

Did you know that Pavlova is believed to have originated in New Zealand in the 1920s? After the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova, it was thought to be created in her honour after touring throughout Australia and New Zealand during the same time period.

I love pavlova, it’s such an easy but impressive dessert to make, adding any combination of toppings you like, the toppings used here are all inspired by indigenous ingredients found in New Zealand, I hope you enjoy and would love to have your feedback on your favourite pavlova toppings too!

Serves: 6

Prep: 30mins

Cook: 1 hour plus cooling time.

Ingredients: 4 eggs, 250g caster sugar, 2 oranges, 1 tbsp. runny honey, 300ml creme fraiche, 30g Macadamia nuts

Method:

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 100f
  2. Mix four egg whites until they form stiff peaks, now slowly add in your sugar mixing until all combined and has a glossy appearance
  3. Spoon your mixture over greaseproof paper making a rough circular shape, do not overwork or spread as you don’t want to lose any of the air from the mixture
  4. Cook in the oven for one hour, after one hour turn the heat off and leave in the oven until completely cooled, this should take a few hours
  5. Prepare your topping by bashing the nuts a little in a pestle and mortar and then lightly toasting in a pan
  6. Peel and cut the oranges thinly, width ways
  7. Once your pavlova is completely cooled and you are ready to serve, spread the creme fraiche all over the top, add your oranges, drizzle over the honey and scatter over the nuts
  8. Dig in!

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

https://www.savethechildren.org.nz

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

 

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 Mexico – Avocado and Cucumber Gazpacho

Serves: 2

Ingredients: 1 large avocado, 1/2 cucumber, 1 garlic clove, 2 tbsp. Olive oil, 100 – 150ml of cold water 1 tbsp. White wine vinegar, salt and pepper

For the salsa topping: 1 tomato, 2 tbsp. sweetcorn, 1/2 small red onion, 1 red chilli, 1/2 tsp. Paprika, 1/2 tsp. dried oregano drizzle of olive oil

Method:

  1. Peel the cucumber and chop the avocado and cucumber into chunks
  2. Pop into a blender with the rest of the ingredients and blitz to a smooth consistency add a little more water if you like and seasoning to taste
  3. Set aside in the fridge until ready to serve
  4. Chop the tomato and onion into small chunks
  5. Slice the chilli thinly and remove the seeds
  6. Add the chilli to the tomato, red onion and sweetcorn and mix together
  7. Pop on top of your chilled avocado soup and sprinkle over some paprika, dried oregano and a drizzle of olive oil
  8. Enjoy!

Save The Children US have been working in Mexico for many years to help support and secure the rights of children.  Have a look at the statistics on the struggles they face below:

  • 10% of school-age children are out of school
  • 15 out of 1,000 children die
    before their 5th birthday
  • 12% of children are engaged in child labour
  • 46% of people live in poverty

To find out more about the work Save The Children are doing please visit their website:

https://www.savethechildren.org/us/what-we-do/where-we-work/latin-america/mexico

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

Inspired by The Ivory Coast – Coconut and Salty Peanut Truffles

Did you know that the Ivory Coast is the biggest producer of the cocoa bean in the World? Well let’s celebrate that fact with these delicious, gooey truffles! A really tasty treat for the end of special meal or dinner party with friends.

Makes: 12 – 16

Prep: 20mins
Cook: 15mins plus chilling time 3 – 4 hours or overnight.

Ingredients: 1 can of condensed milk (293ml), 50g of coco powder, 20g crushed salted peanuts, 20g desiccated coconut

Method:

  1. Mix the coco powder and condensed milk together in a pan
  2. Once well mixed start to heat the mixture on a medium heat, stirring continuously for 15 mins until it starts to thicken
  3. Pour the mixture into a bowl and chill in the fridge for 3 hours or overnight
  4. Now with wet hands using a teaspoon to scoop out the mixture start making your truffle balls by rolling and shaping in your hands, (do this quickly so the mixture doesn’t start to melt)
  5. Alternate between dipping and rolling in the crushed peanut and coconut
  6. Pop back in the fridge for at least another hour before serving
  7. Enjoy!

Since 1996 Save The Children have had a presence in the Ivory Coast, as security stabilised after the end of conflict in 2011, Save The Children have been focussing their efforts on child protection systems, education and nutrition and medical care for babies and children under the age of five, providing training for health care workers so that they are better equipped and more knowledgeable with the advice they give to young mothers.

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

As mentioned the Ivory Coast is one of the largest producers of cocoa beans globally. If you’d like to sample a truly amazing treat direct from the Ivory Coast, then check out my friend Pauls’ award winning hot chocolate range, the Kokoa Collection:
http://www.kokoacollection.co.uk/trade/

The white hot chocolate products are selected from the forastero beans, straight from the Ivory Coast and they are delicious!

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

 

Inspired by Iraq – Cucumber, Dill and Yogurt Soup

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Healthy, light and so delicious…

Serves: 2 as a main course, 4 as a starter

Ingredients: 1 large cucumber, 300ml of greek yogurt, 1 cup of premade and cooled chicken stock*, 1 clove of garlic, 1 tsp of lemon juice, 1 tsp of dill and salt to taste.

Method
1. Peel and chop the cucumber, saving some of the peel for the end
2. Add the cucumber to a blender and add the rest of the ingredients, blend until smooth and add salt to taste
3. Leave to chill in the fridge until serving, adding some of the cucumber peel and dill for decoration, delish!

*Can change for vegetarian stock cube.

As fighting continues in Iraq, children are being seriously injured everyday, trapped with no access to fresh food, water and medicine. Thousands have already fled their homes and are now in camps just outside Mosul desperately needing help to survive, to find out more please visit:

https://www.savethechildren.org.uk/where-we-work/middle-east/Iraq

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