October Recipe Review – From Canada to Hungary

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Hi All,

So it really feels like autumn now, brighter mornings and darker nights, a slight chill in the air and the autumnal colours starting to show.  I love autumn and look forward to embracing the changes at this time of year and I hope my recipes for have reflected this, so let’s look back over Feastforfamines’ October recipes…

First stop and a place very close to my heart was Sri Lanka for the Inspired by Sri Lanka – Prawn and Yellow Lentil Curry with Cheats Pol Sambola, I really loved the earthiness the roasted spice mix added to this curry along with the freshness of the Pol Sambal, you could keep even omit the prawns in this recipe and make it vegan and I think it would still taste just as good.

Next stop was a burst of colour with the Inspired by Hungary – Orange Pepper and Paprika Soup, perfect for warming you up on a cold day, whilst making sure you get a good dose of much needed vitamin C.

Long walks and lazy brunches are some of the things I like to do in autumn, as well as looking out for seasonal produce and pears always make me think of autumn so created this: Inspired by France – Healthier Baked French Toast with Pears, Walnuts and Honey, a healthier alternative on a French classic, you could also use other fruits such as apples, plums etc and add a dollop of creme fraiche for extra deliciousness.

Last stop in October was to Canada for the Inspired by Canada – Maple Syrup and Pecan Candy Apples, a twist on the classic Halloween/Bonfire Night treat!

Remember all recipes are created for you not only to enjoy, but to also raise awareness of the struggles countries around the World 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 Hungary – Orange Pepper and Paprika Soup

Loving these autumn colours and flavours with this ‘Hungarian Inspired’ orange pepper and paprika soup, finished off with a dollop of creme fraiche or sour cream and sprinkling of dill…can be kept vegan if you opt out of the sour cream and creme fraiche!

Serves: 4

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 30mins

Ingredients: 3 large orange peppers, 1 large tomato, 1 large onion, 1 tbsp of olive oil, 1 tsp. of smoked paprika (plus extra for serving), 1 veggie stock cube, 1 tsp of dill for serving and a good dollop each of sour cream or creme fraiche.

Method:

  1. Soften one large onion and two cloves of garlic in one tbsp. of oil (I used olive oil), in a lidded pan
  2. Add three large diced orange peppers, one large tomato to the pan and one tsp. of smoked paprika
  3. Pop the lid on and cook on a gentle simmer for 20mins, stirring occasionally so that is doesn’t stick, this method should ensure that all the lovely juices are released from the peppers
  4. After 20mins add 400ml of veggie stock and simmer for another 10mins
  5. Blitz all in a food processor and serve with a dollop of creme fraiche or sour cream and a scattering of dill and paprika
  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

Inspired by Sri Lanka – Prawn and Yellow Lentil Curry with Cheats Pol Sambola

Luckily the oven roasted spice mix makes enough for two curries, as you will want to make this again and again! Filling, earthy flavours with the added zing of the ‘Cheats Pol Sambola’ to really tickle your tastebuds.

Serves: 2, or 4 if you add rice

Prep: 30 mins
Cook: 30 – 40mins

Ingredients: For the Sri Lankan Spice Mix, 1 tsp. black peppercorns, 1 tsp. cumin seeds, 2 tsp. mustard seeds, 2 tsp. fennel seeds, 2 tsp. coriander seeds

For the lentils: 1 cup of red or yellow lentils, 3 cups of cold water, 2 cloves, 1 cinnamon stick

For the curry: 1 can of full fat coconut milk, 12 – 16 King Prawns (depending on size and how many you want!), 2 garlic cloves, 1 thumb sized piece of ginger peeled, 1 red chilli, 1 tsp of coconut oil, (can use vegetable oil), 1 tsp. tumeric

For the ‘Cheats Pol Sambola’: 1/2 small red onion finely sliced, 1.1/2 tbsps. of natural desiccated coconut, 1/2 tsp. of dried chilli flakes (more of less depending on how much heat you like), juice of 1/2 a lime, 1 tsp. fish sauce.

Method:

  1. First pre-heat your oven to 200F, place all of the spice mix spices in a roasting tin and roast for 8-10 minutes until starting to brown
  2. Rinse your lentils and add to a pan with 3 cups of cold water, the cloves and cinnamon stick
  3. Bring to the boil and then simmer for 10-15mins until softened, drain and remove the cloves and cinnamon stick and put to one side until ready to use
  4. Now make your ‘Pol Sambola’, by mixing all ingredients together and then placing in the fridge until ready to use
  5. Once your spices have cooled a bit give them a good bash in a pestle and mortar or a quick blitz in a food processor
  6. Heat the coconut oil in a large pan and add the garlic, chilli, turmeric and ginger, fry for a few minutes then add half of your spice mix, save the rest in an air tight container for another time!
  7. Fry for a further 2 – minutes before adding the cooked lentils and coating well in the mixture
  8. Add the coconut milk and simmer for 10mins
  9. Add your prawns and cook for a few minutes longer to heat through
  10. Serve with ‘Pol Samba’ and enjoy!
Three decades of civil war and the tsunami in 2004, have left the children of Sri Lanka extremely vulnerable with many of them still suffering from both emotional and physically scars. The tsunami killed tens of thousands of people and flattened towns and villages. Save The Children have since rebuilt 21 schools, safe places for children to play and provided emergency aid and education to 130,000 children. They are also working with local organisations and government to reunite children with their families and develop Early Children Care and Development programmes to give children a better future. 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 Jordan – Oven Baked Fragrant Rice with Crispy Chickpeas and a Parsley Lemon and Cucumber Sauce

Healthy, filling cheap and delicious! Try out this Jordanian Inspired Baked Rice…makes great lunch box left overs too!

Serves: 4 as a main course

Prep: 15 -20mins
Cook: 1 hour

Ingredients: For the rice – 2 cups of basmati rice, 1 white or brown onion (thinly sliced), 1 courgette (diced into small cubes), 1 garlic clove (thinly sliced/crushed), 1 tbsp. olive oil, 8 cherry tomatoes, veggie stock cube, 1 tsp. turmeric, 1 tsp. dried thyme, 1 tsp, dried oregano, 1 tsp. sesame seeds, rind of 1/2 lemon

For the Crispy Chickpeas – can of chickpeas (400g before draining), 1 tsp. olive oil pinch of salt

For the Yogurt Sauce – 150g natural yogurt, small bunch of chopped parsley, 1/2 grated cucumber, juice of 1/2 a lemon, pinch of salt, grated/crushed clove of garlic.

Method:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 200f
  2. Heat 1 tbsp. of oil in a lidded oven proof pan, add to this the turmeric, thyme, oregano and sesame seeds
  3. Heat for a few minutes then add the garlic, onion and courgette and cook for a further 2-3 minutes
  4. Add two cups of basmati rice, mix well then add 4 cups of water and mix in a veggie stock cube
  5. Pop the cherry tomatoes on top and the rind from 1/2 a lemon, turn off the heat, pop the lid on and cook in the oven for one hour
  6. While the rice is cooking prepare your chickpeas and make your yogurt sauce
  7. Drain and rinse the can of chickpeas and leave to one side to make sure they are without any excess water
  8. Combine all the ingredients for your yogurt, mix well and leave in the fridge until ready to use, adding salt to taste
  9. Mix the chickpeas with a little oil and a pinch of salt, place on a baking tray and 20mins before your rice is ready pop in the top of the oven
  10. After 20mins the chickpeas should be nice and crispy and the rice ready
  11. Assemble your dish by plating up the rice, adding the yogurt on top and scattering over the crispy chickpeas. The rice should have formed a nice crisp on the bottom of the pan so be sure you add this to your dish too
  12. Dig in!

600,000 Syrian people are currently living as refugees in Jordan, with around half of them children. Save The Children are working in Jordan to ensure that they are receiving food, protection and education. To find out more please visit:

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

And if you would like to have a look at my previous recipes for Syria please click on the links below:

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

Syrian Inspired Aubergine Dip with Honey and Pistachios

Syrian Inspired Fruit Salad

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

Venezuelan P.A.N Time!

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Hi there! I will be whipping up a treat with this at the weekend, but wanted to know your thoughts on it and spread some awareness of its origin and uses.

P.A.N is actually an acronym meaning “Producto Alimenticio Nacional”, translating to “National Food Product”, originating in Venezuela and is seen as a staple in Venezuelan diets.  It is also used widely across the rest of South America and cornflour such as this is also a used in a lot of African cooking too, and can be used in a similar way to Italian Polenta.

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Main uses include Venezuelan arepas and empanadas – yummy! It also boasts no additives and is great for those following a gluten free diet.

Now for the hard part…

As violence, political and economic instability continues in Venezuela, it is estimated that 3 million people have fled their homes, with at least 1 million now based in nearby Columbia. This figure includes 300,000 children, some of whom are travelling alone leaving them incredibly vulnerable.  It is predicted that by the end of 2019, this number will rise to 5.3 million.

Below are some stark statistic from Save The Children US, on the impact this current situation is having on children still in Venezuela:

  • 15% of school-age children are out of school
  • 16 out of 1,000 children die before their 5th birthday
  • 33% of people live in poverty
  • 13% of children suffer from stunting due to malnutrition

If you would like to find out more please visit: https://www.savethechildren.org/us/what-we-do/where-we-work/latin-america/venezuela

I will be making an Inspired by Venezuela recipe later this year, but for now if you would like to have a look at some of the other South American Recipes, I have put together a list, including delicious recipes like Crab and Sweet Potato Fritters to Piri Piri Style Turkey Breast!

Inspired by Haiti – Crab and Sweet Potato Fritters

Inspired by Columbia – Tuna Steak Stew with Lime and Oregano

Inspired by Mexico – Avocado and Cucumber Gazpacho

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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!

x

Inspired by Egypt – Courgette and Chickpea Salad with Dukkah

Dukkah is a great way to add texture and a little spice to salads, stews, eggs or anything you like and this recipes makes enough to fill up one old spice jar, so you will have a batch to keep you going.

Cook: 10mins
Prep: 5 mins

For the Dukkah

Ingredients: Handful of whole almonds, 1 tbsp. sesame seeds, 1 tsp fennel seeds, 1 tsp. cumin seeds, 2 tsp. coriander seeds, good mil of salt and pepper

Method:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 180F
  2. Give all the ingredients a quick blitz in a food processor, or a good bash in a pestle and mortar
  3. Line a baking tray with baking parchment and place all your ingredients on top, spreading evenly over the parchment
  4. Bake in the oven for 8 – 10mins until golden brown
  5. Allow to cool and then place in an airtight container until ready to use

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For the Courgette and Chickpea Salad

Prep: 10mins
Cook: No cooking required but the courgette needs 30mins resting time.

Ingredients: 1 large courgette or two medium, small can of chickpeas drained, juice of half a lemon, 2 tbsp. olive oil, small bunch of parsley chopped, small pinch of chilli flakes, salt and pepper, 1 – 2 tbsp. of Dukkah.

Method:

  1. Spiralise or julienne the courgette, place in a bowl and add a good pinch of salt and then leave in the fridge for 30mins
  2. After 30mins drain any excess water off, of the courgettes
  3. Now construct your salad by mixing in the chickpeas, lemon, oil and parsley and pepper to taste
  4. Sprinkle over as much dukkah as you want and add a small pinch of dried chilli flakes
  5. Enjoy!

Save The Children have been working in Egypt to provide better healthcare, social and educational standards for children. By working with government Save The Children have put in place standards for those living in care and working closely with agriculture and cotton industries to better protect child workers and providing opportunities to learn, giving children a chance to live a life outside of poverty. To find out more please visit: https://www.savethechildren.org.uk/where-we-work/middle-east/egypt

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