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 Canada – Maple Syrup and Pecan Candy Apples

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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.

Method:

  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:

https://www.savethechildren.ca

Inspired by France – Healthier Baked French Toast with Pears, Walnuts and Honey

Looking for an easy no fuss brunch recipe, then try this…all cooked in the oven together so that everything is ready at the same time. I used honey for my drizzle but can use any syrup you prefer, can also add ice cream, creme fraiche or yogurt for extra deliciousness!

Serves: 4

Prep: 10mins
Cook: 20mins

Ingredients: 4 slices of brioche bread, 2 pears, 1 egg, 100ml of semi skimmed or full fat milk, 1 tsp. vanilla extract, 1 tsp. brown sugar, 2 pears, (such as Cornice or William), squeeze of lemon juice, sprinkling of brown sugar.

To Serve: 6 crushed walnut halves, good drizzle of honey.

Method:

  1. If making right away, pre-heat your oven to 200F
  2. Cut the brioche slices in half and put into a baking dish, flat side to side
  3. Beat the egg, milk, vanilla extract and sugar and pour over the top of the bread, ensuring that it is all coated in the mixture, set aside until ready to pop in the oven with the pears or even overnight in the fridge
  4. Peel and slice the pears removing the core and any seeds
  5. Pop into a baking tray and sprinkle with a little sugar and good squeeze of lemon juice
  6. Pop the pears and the brioche bread in the oven for 20mins or until golden brown on top
  7. Serve by topping the bread
  8. with the pears, drizzling over the honey and sprinkling over the crushed walnuts
  9. 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

Mid Week Mushroom Madness: Vegan Buckwheat Soba Noodle Salad with Enoki Mushrooms Braised in Miso, with Avocado and Seasame Dressing,

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Hi All,

Having recently got back from Japan, as a foodie, I am REALLY missing it, so was very excited when visiting my local supermarket to find some enoki mushrooms and felt inspired.

I have a cupboard at home that I try and keep stocked up with lots of different flavours from around the World so with the help of ingredients I already had, was pleased to be able to come home and rustle something up for lunch today that really hits the spot; Buckwheat Soba Noodles with Enoki Mushrooms Braised in Miso, with Avocado and Seasame Dressing, and here is the recipe – enjoy!

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Serves: 2

Prep: 10mins
Cook: 14mins

Ingredients: 2 person serving of buckwheat soba noodles, 1 avocado, punnet of enoki mushrooms, tsp. of white miso, 2 tsp. of sesame oil, 2 tsp. of brown rice vinegar, 2 tsp. soya sauce, 1 heaped tsp. of Korean red pepper flakes.

Method:

  1. Cooked the noodles as per instructions, then place into cold water, drain and set aside
  2. Pop the mushroom with 1 tsp. of white miso into a pan with a little water and simmer for 10mins
  3. Meanwhile chopped your avocado into chunks and mix into the noodles with the sesame oil, brown rice vinegar and soya sauce
  4. When 10 minutes are up, take your mushrooms off the heat and place into very cold water for a minute to stop cooking process and drain completely
  5. Mix the drained mushrooms into your noodle mix and sprinkle the Korean red chilli flakes over the top
  6. Dig in!

Want more? Check out some of my other noodle recipes here:

Inspired by the Philippines: Sticky Chicken Drumsticks with Vegetable Noodles

Inspired by Myanmar: Pork and Mango, Coconut Noodles

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

Thanks 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

September Recipe Review -From Korea to Kenya

 

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Hi All,

So how was your September? Settled back in to work and school? Or just enjoying the last of the long days before the clocks go back…Whatever you did I hope you enjoyed my tasty recipes and even got to try a few.  Let’s just have a quick recap before moving full swing into Autumn!

First stop in September was a trip to Egypt for the Inspired by Egypt – Courgette and Chickpea Salad with Dukkah, an easy and delicious vegan salad with bags of flavour, I am still sprinkling my ‘Dukkah’ too!

Next up Inspired by Korea – Vegan Asparagus and Ginger Pancakes, another vegan treat and a chance to use some of the amazing combinations I picked up from a Korean cooking course in the summer.  I choose to make a vegan option but for this recipe, but please do try with other ingredients such as prawns and shredded chicken.

Still clinging onto the idea of summer, I decided to cool things down with Inspired by Guatemala – Coffee, Banana and Chocolate Condensed Milk Ice Cream, super easy and as well as an after dinner treat can be added to different milk of your choice to make a really yummy iced coffee.

Starting to feel to strain of cooking several meals a day, I next wanted to make something that I could use as tasty lunch leftovers, with the added benefit of being filling and healthy, so I created the Inspired by Jordan – Oven Baked Fragrant Rice with Crispy Chickpeas and a Parsley Lemon and Cucumber Sauce.

Lastly in September, I wanted to get back into baking using old ideas combined with new flavours, I think I hit the spot with the Inspired by Kenya – Ginger Drizzle Sponge Cake,so much so I have been asked to make it again for a friend.  Really great with a cuppa, coffee or to be honest just on its own!

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 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