Inspired by Austria – Maya’s Christmas Butter Biscuits

This recipe is the best I have used for making butter biscuits! Lovely to make with children too.  Can be hung on the tree if you make a hole in the top before baking and thread a string through once cooled, fun to decorate in anyway you like but I opted for a simple icing sugar and water glaze with lots of sprinkles. 

Makes: 35 – 40 Biscuits

Prep: 10 mins (plus resting time overnight or at least one hour in the fridge)
Cook: 10 mins

Ingredients: 500g flour, 250g butter, 200g sugar, 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon of baking powder

Method:

  1. Mix all the dried ingredients together well
  2. Then add in your eggs and make into a dough, (it should come together really easily with no need to add any liquid)
  3. Make into a large ball, cover and pop into the fridge overnight or for at least an hour, ( I found that leaving this in the fridge overnight really helped)
  4. Pre-heat your oven to 150c
  5. Roll out the dough to about 1/2 centimetre thick and start cutting out your shapes, I used a combination of different cutters which looks really pretty
  6. Pop onto a lined baking tray and bake in the oven for 10minutes until golden, leave in for a few more minutes if needed
  7. Allow to cool
  8. Ice with your chosen icing, decorate and enjoy
  9. Have fun!

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 China – Prawn Party Puffs

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The Party Season has definitely started in our house, so if you are entertaining this December and looking for some tasty treats with mainly freezer and store cupboard ingredients then have a go at the tasty puffs! 

Makes: 26

Prep:20 mins
Cook: 15mins

Ingredients: 460g ready made puff pastry, 250g frozen shrimps/prawns, 4 tbsp. of mayonnaise, 2 heaped tbsp. of tinned sweetcorn, 2 tbsp. toasted sesame seeds 2 tbsp. sweet chilli sauce, 1 small bunch of spring onions or chives thinly sliced, 1 tsp. dried ginger, a little oil for frying.

Method

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 160F
  2. Using a pastry cutter or a cup, cut out 26 circles in your puff pastry, prick with a fork and add to a lined baking tray
  3.  Cook in the oven for 15mins until golden and puffed up
  4. Take out and leave to cool
  5. To make the prawn filling, fry your prawns in a little oil to remove any excess water, allow to cool
  6. Make the prawn sauce, by mixing together all of the remaining ingredients, except the sesame seeds and add the cooled prawns
  7. Take each of the little puffs and using the back of a spoon bash the top a little to make a small hole in each
  8. Fill the hole with the prawn mixture and finish off with a sprinkling of the sesame seeds
  9. Enjoy!

Save The Children are working in China to improve the quality of life for the children of China, working with childrens rights organisations, to keep children protected from neglect, illness and abuse. They have also developed the Helping Babies Breathe programme, and are supporting local health workers to better treat and diagnose childhood illnesses.  In China around 50% of the population also live in natural disaster-prone areas, Save The Children are working locally to ensure that communities are better prepared for future emergencies, to find out more please visit their website:

https://www.savethechildren.org.uk/where-we-work/asia/china

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

November Recipe Review – From Italy to Ethiopia!

 

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Hi All,

November seemed like a short month here at FeastForFamine, but I still managed to squeeze in four recipes that I hope you liked, some designed to save the pennies and some to keep you warm this winter.

So first up was  Inspired by Ethiopia – Berber Style Peas and Broad Beans on Toast with Feta, a really filling cheap and easy recipes that can be used for lunch brunch or dinner and the addition of the Berber, a traditional spice mix from Ethiopia, is sure to warm you up on a cold day.

Next, Madagascar for a sweet treat, Inspired by Madagascar – Vanilla, Banana and Tumeric Muffins with Sea Salt and Vanilla Glaze, lovely light muffins with earthy turmeric and lots and lots of vanilla, making the most of Madagascars’ biggest export! You will want to make this again and again.

Thinking of winter nights, but wanting to stay healthy, I created the Inspired by Romania – Horseraddish and Dill Roasted Salmon with White Beans, Beetroot and Kale full of goodness and deep wintery flavours favoured by Romania.

Last stop in November and to a regular place of inspirations in many households, was to Italy for Inspired by Italy – A Kinda Osso Buco Ragu with Smashed Rosemary Potatoes, a healthier way of cooking this Italian favourite, and great for leftovers poured over pasta the next day.

Hope you are all getting into the festive spirit and are looking forward to the recipes that will be coming here in December, December also marks the last month that you can make donations to my fundraising year for Save The Children, so 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 Venezuela – Pan Coated Pork with Avocado Green Sauce

Serves: 4

Prep: 15mins
Cook: 8 – 10 minutes

Ingredients: 4 pork chops (fat removed), 3 heaped tbsp. of PAN or other maize flour, 2 eggs, 1 heaped tbsp. of flour, 1 tsp of oregano good mil of salt and pepper, oil for frying

For the green sauce: 1 small avocado, 1 small bunch of coriander chopped 2 tbsp. olive oil, 1 garlic clove, 1/2 green chilli, tsp oregano (fresh or dried), juice of 1 lime, pinch of salt.

Method:

  1. Make sure all fat is removed from the pork and bash with a rolling pin to thin the chops
  2. Mix the PAN flour with the oregano and salt and pepper and set aside until ready to use
  3. Coat each chop in the flour, then the egg, then the PAN mix, pressing the mixture into the chops so that are coated fully
  4. Put the chops aside until ready to fry while you make your Avocado Green Sauce
  5. To make the sauce blitz all ingredients in the food processor and add seasoning to taste, if the sauce is too thick add a little more oil or lime juice
  6. Heat some oil in a pan and cook your pork for 4 minutes each side or until it starts to turn golden brown
  7. Serve with the green sauce over the top, I also added roast sweet potatoes and a green salad but you can add whatever accompaniments you like.
  8. Enjoy!

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

If you are still looking for some South American inspiration, take a look at the list of other recipes created here at FeastforFamine, including delicious recipes like Crab and Sweet Potato Fritters and 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

Inspired by Romania – Horseraddish and Dill Roasted Salmon with White Beans, Beetroot and Kale

Try these delicious earthy flavours to warm you up this week…

Serves: 2

Prep: 10mins
Cook: 30 – 35mins

Ingredients: For the Salmon – 2 salmon fillets, 2 heaped teaspoons of fresh or dried dill, 2 tsp. horseradish (jarred), 2 tsp. olive oil, good squeeze of lemon juice, good pinch of salt and pepper.

For the Beetroot Beans – 1 can of cannellini beans (roughly 200g drained weight), 2 large handfuls of kale, 100g of pickled beetroot (round baby if you can get it), 100ml of the beetroot juice, 1 clove of garlic, 1 tsp of olive oil.

Method: 

  1. First make the marinade for the salmon by mixing together all of the ingredients for the salmon and coating the fillets in it
  2. Put the salmon fillets on a lined baking tray skin side down and pop in the fridge for at least 30mins
  3. When ready to cook, preheat your oven to 200F
  4. Start off your beans by heating oil in a lidded pan and adding one chopped garlic clove and fry gently for a few minutes
  5. Now add the kale and cook for 5 mins on a low heat
  6. Chop your beetroot into small chunks and add the beetroot and the beans to the pan with 100ml of the juice from the beetroot, pop the lid on and cook on a low heat for 10mins
  7. Meanwhile place your salmon fillets in the oven and cook for 20mins
  8. Check the beans, add a little seasoning, give it all a good stir and pop the lid on and cook for another 15 – 20mins on a low heat until ready to serve with the salmon
  9. Serve with fresh lemon slices if you wish and…
  10. 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 Madagascar – Vanilla, Banana and Tumeric Muffins with Sea Salt and Vanilla Glaze

Serves: Makes 10 muffins

Prep: 15mins

Cook: 20-25 mins

Ingredients: 200g self raising flour, 2 ripe bananas (mashed), 125ml of milk, 125g caster sugar, 1 egg, 60ml of olive oil, 1 tsp. vanilla essence, 1/2 tsp. turmeric powder, 1/2 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp. baking powder

For the glaze: 3 heaped tsp. of icing sugar, 1 tsp. of vanilla essence, small amount of sea salt.

Method: 

  1. Preheat your oven to 180F
  2. Mix all of your wet ingredients together for the muffin mix until light and blended well
  3. Now start folding in the flour and other dry ingredients
  4. When all combined add the mashed banana and mix well
  5. Divide equally between 10 greased muffin trays and pop into the oven for 20 – 25 minutes until nice and golden
  6. Allow to cool before adding your glaze
  7. For the vanilla glaze, mix 3 heaped tsp. of icing sugar with 1 tsp of vanilla essence and 1 tsp of water
  8. Brush the glaze over the top of the muffins and sprinkle with a little sea salt
  9. Enjoy!

Even though 80% of all vanilla comes from Madagascar, 3 out of 4 people live in poverty, with children suffering from stunted growth and many out of school, with Madagascar ranking fifth in the world for the number of out-of-school children.  Save The Children have been working to provide a better future for these children and future generations by collaborating with vanilla suppliers to improve the livelihoods of farming communities…to find out more please visit:

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

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