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

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

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

Syrian Inspired Fruit Salad

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The use of watermelon makes this dish so juicy, even better if the watermelons been in the fridge! Great for breakfast, brunch, snack or for dessert, especially after a BBQ…

Serves 1 (just add larger quantities of all ingredients to make for more people)

Ingredients: 1/4 watermelon, 2 figs (black or green), tbsp fresh pomegranate seeds, tbsp. greek or natural yogurt, tsp honey, a few crush pistachios.

Method:

  1. Cut all ingredients up to your liking
  2. Crush the pistachios
  3. Plate up all the fruit, add the tbsp of greek or natural yogurt, scatter over the pomegranate seeds, drizzle the honey and crushed pistachios over the top and enjoy!

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

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

Serves 2 – 4 as a starter, snack or part of a meze platter.

Roasted Courgette and Garlic Dip

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 30mins

Ingredients: 1 large courgette or two smaller ones, 2 cloves of garlic, 3 tbsps. of olive oil, 1 tbsp. of tahini paste, juice of half a lemon.

Method

  1. Pre-heat oven to 220F
  2. Chop the courgette into chunks, peel and thinly slice your garlic cloves
  3. Place in an oven proof dish with 2 tbsps. of olive oil and mix well
  4. Pop in the oven for 30mins, turning after 15mins
  5. When cooked, places in a blender with the juice of half a lemon, 1 tbsp. of olive oil and 1 tbsp. of tahini
  6. Give it a quick blitz and serve warm straight away of leave to cool until ready to serve.

Carrot, Honey, Cumin and Pine Nut Dip

Prep: 5mins
Cook: 30mins

Ingredients: 2 large carrots, 2 tbsps. runny honey, 1 tbsp. of olive oil, 1 tsp. cumin powder, 1 tbsp. pine nuts.

Method

  1. Peel and slice the carrots,
  2. Place in a lidded pan with 1 tsp. of cumin powder, 2 tbsps. of honey and 1 tbsp. of water
  3. Pop the lid on and cook on a low heat for 25mins
  4. After 25mins take the lid off and cook for a further 5 mins
  5. Place the carrots and any remaining cooking liquid in a blender with 1 tbsp. of olive oil and blend to a chunky consistency – you don’t want baby food!
  6. Lightly toast 1 tbsp. of pine nuts
  7. Mix half of the pine nuts into your carrot dip and reserve the other half for garnish
  8. Eat straight away or leave to cool as part of a meze platter – I ate mine with some warmed pitta bread – yummy!!

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