Say Happy Valentines with Austrian Butter Biscuits – Iced with Love

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Showing someone you love them shouldn’t cost the earth, so why not make a batch of these lovely little biscuits and get creative with your icing and sprinkles.  

These are made using a recipe given to me at Christmas by my friend Maya, for full easy, cheap recipe please click the link and adapt the recipe by using lots of heart cookie cutters instead and dashings of red icing! Fun to make with little ones too…

Inspired by Austria – Maya’s Butter Biscuits

Happy Valentines

x

Easy Oaty, (with a little bit of dark chocolate), and Dried Apple Cookies

wp-1580495804314.jpgMy daughter came home from school today feeling tired, a bit run down and in need of some comfort and asked ‘Mummy can you make me some cookies’, I raided the cupboards and these were the results – yummy! 

Makes: 10 -15 Cookies

Prep: 10mins
Cook: 10mins

Ingredients: 75g of flour, 75g of oats, 50g of caster sugar, 40g of dried apple rings, (broken into pieces), 25g of dark chocolate, 1 tsp. of baking powder, (broken into small pieces), 75g low fat spread or vegan substitute, 1 tbsp. of agave syrup, 2 tbsp. of milk or vegan substitute.

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180′ degrees
  2. Mix all of the dry ingredients together
  3. Melt the wet ingredients
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix well, until all combined
  5. Make 10 – 15 dollops on a lined baking tray, making sure you leave plenty of space in between each cookie
  6. Cook for 10mins
  7. Allow to cool
  8. ENJOY!

Cheats Mini Lemon Meringue Tarts

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These are so easy to make and great as part of a little dessert tray or just with a cuppa!

Makes: 14 Mini Tarts

Ingredients: 100g salted or unsalted butter, 200g self raising flour, 1 egg, 1 jar of Lemon Curd, 8 mini meringues

Prep: 15 – 20 mins
Cook: 30mins chill time/14 mins in the oven

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. Cut out 14 disc, using cake cutter or top of a cup
  5. Press these down into a muffin/cupcake tray prepared with cases
  6. Add cases on top of the pastry and add your blind baking beans, (I actually just used out of date lentils for this)
  7. Cook in the oven for 10-12 mins
  8. Take off the blind baking beans and cases and prick the pastry all over with a fork and pop back into the oven for 2 mins
  9. Take out of the oven and allow to cool
  10. Fill each pastry case with 2 tsp. of lemon curd and top with crumbled mini meringues
  11. Eat hot or cold, served with custard, ice cream or just a nice cuppa
  12. Enjoy!

This recipes uses the pastry from my previous recipe: Nan’s Jam Tart which can be found by clicking the link. 

 

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

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 Kenya – Ginger Drizzle Sponge Cake

Ginger is used widely in Kenyan beverages from Kenyan Ginger Tea to Ginger Beer, often drunk with a sweet donut called ‘Mandazi’, so I wanted to create something that combines the love of ginger with a sweet treat – I hope this hits the spot!

Makes: 12 Squares

Prep: 15mins

Cook: 40 – 45 mins

Ingredients: For the Ginger Syrup, 50g of fresh ginger, 1 tbsp. brown sugar, 300ml of cold water, 85g icing sugar

For the Ginger Sponge: 115g butter, 115g caster sugar, 115g self raising flour, 2 eggs, 1/2 tsp. baking powder, 1 tsp. dried ginger, a little fresh ginger (optional).

Method:

  1. Make the ginger syrup first by adding 50g of roughly chopped fresh ginger to a pan with one tbsp. of brown sugar and 300ml of water
  2. Bring to the boil and leave on a simmer for 20mins until the liquid has reduced by half, stirring occasionally so that all the sugar dissolves
  3. Take the liquid of the heat and allow to cool, once cooled, place through a sieve to remove all of the ginger and leave to one side while you prepare the sponge
  4. Pre-heat your oven to 160F
  5. First mix together the butter and sugar until all combined and fluffy, now add your eggs and mix well
  6. Add your dry ingredients, flour, baking powder and ginger powder, folding until all combined into a thick batter
  7. Line a baking tin (I used an 18cm x 24cm rectangular tray, but you can use a round one)
  8. Pour your mixture into the tray, spreading evenly and pop in the oven for 20 -25 mins until golden brown
  9. Meanwhile add 85g of icing sugar to the ginger syrup and mix well so there isn’t any lumps
  10. While your sponge is still cooling prick the surface with a fork many times and pour over your ginger syrup, making sure to cover the whole surface of the cake
  11. Leave to cool and infuse completely then cut into 12 squares
  12. Serve with an extra sprinkle of sugar and grated fresh ginger if you wish
  13. Enjoy!

Although Kenya is one of the most developed countries in Africa, they still face many challenges. Save The Children are working in Kenya to support those who find themselves in the refugee camp Dadaab, from Somalia, and are working with nomadic communities to ensure they are better equipped for future disasters such as the severe droughts that Kenya is prone too. They are also working tirelessly to decrease the number of child, newborn and maternal deaths. To find out more, please visit:

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

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