Inspired by South Africa – Mild Beef Curry with Banana

I really enjoyed making this dish, it is a recipe given to me by my lovely friend Liz, who grew up in South Africa, I asked her a while back to tell me more about the food there as I have yet to visit, (but it’s on my list!), and if there were any dishes that are sentimental to her.

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Here is a lovely photo of Liz with her Dad back in South Africa and the Beef Curry here is something she remembers really fondly, Liz said that it always reminds her of home and growing up was a popular takeaway treat.  As a child her Dad would drive her family to the local Qasba and eat this meal with fresh bananas to give it sweetness. Ancestrally from Portugal, Liz has now returned and lives on the Portuguese Island Madeira, she still makes this for her family and having recently made it for mine, I will be making it again. It’s so easy but so tasty, Liz said it works really well with Chicken too, and the only thing I have done differently in this recipe is rather than cook it on the hob, I finished it off in the oven so I could use a cheaper cut of beef, the apricot jam also works well too…who knew!

Serves: 4

Prep: 20mins
Cook: 1.5 – 2 hours

Ingredients: 500g chuck steak, 2 medium sized potatoes, 1 large carrot, 1 medium – large onion, 1 clove of garlic, 1 tbsp. olive oil, 2 bananas
For the curry paste: 1 tbsp. white flour, 1 tbsp. apricot jam, 1 tsp. curry powder, 1 tsp. of sugar, pinch of salt

Method

  1. Pre-heat oven to 130F
  2. Peel and chop the potatoes and carrot into cubes, set aside
  3. Peel and slice the onion and garlic, add to a lidded oven proof pan with 1 tbsp. of olive oil and gentle fry for a few minutes on a medium heat
  4. Add the beef and cook until it starts to brown, add 100ml of water and turn the heat off while you make the paste
  5. To make the paste, mix together all of the paste ingredients, adding a little water if too thick
  6. Mix this in with your meat, add the chopped carrot and potatoes, pop the lid on and cook in the a preheated oven for 1 hour
  7. After 1 hour, add 100ml of water and cook for another hour
  8. After another hour, check if it needs a little more water and add if necessary and cook for another 30 – 45 mins until the meat is really tender
  9. Serve with cooked rice and slices of fresh banana, (for the rice, you can follow pack instructions, or what I do is cook 1 part rice to two parts water, bring the rice to the boil and then simmer lid on for 10mins until all the water is absorbed, do not be tempted to take the lid off until it has finished it’s simmering time!)
  10. Enjoy!

 

In South Africa, 50,000 children a year, under the age of five die from treatable and preventable disease, many children live in poverty in homes without access to sanitation, poorly educated and victims of abuse and neglect.  Save The Children are working closely with 140 Children’s Committees across South Africa to address these issues and are also working with government to make sure healthcare is accessible to children through school.  To find out more please visit:

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

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Inspired by Iraq – Cucumber, Dill and Yogurt Soup

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Healthy, light and so delicious…

Serves: 2 as a main course, 4 as a starter

Ingredients: 1 large cucumber, 300ml of greek yogurt, 1 cup of premade and cooled chicken stock*, 1 clove of garlic, 1 tsp of lemon juice, 1 tsp of dill and salt to taste.

Method
1. Peel and chop the cucumber, saving some of the peel for the end
2. Add the cucumber to a blender and add the rest of the ingredients, blend until smooth and add salt to taste
3. Leave to chill in the fridge until serving, adding some of the cucumber peel and dill for decoration, delish!

*Can change for vegetarian stock cube.

As fighting continues in Iraq, children are being seriously injured everyday, trapped with no access to fresh food, water and medicine. Thousands have already fled their homes and are now in camps just outside Mosul desperately needing help to survive, to find out more please visit:

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

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May Recipe Review : From England to Japan

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Hi All!

So how was the month of May? Weather a bit warmer, perhaps warm enough for your first BBQ or Al Fresco dining experience?

For FeastforFamine, May was a simple month with easy, straight forward recipes making the most of basic ingredients like eggs, starting with a visit to England for Egg and Bacon Oven Baked Muffins, great for a brunch, breakfast on the go, or as part of a picnic.

May was also an opportunity for me to share with you a wonderful dinner recipe and memory from my childhood with the Inspired by the Philippines: Sticky Chicken Drumsticks with Vegetable Noodles, and to complete this special dinner I created these Inspired by the Philippines: Tapioca and Mango Jelly Pots to go with it.

I really love one pot meals especially when wanting to feed many or just do a bit of batch cooking, the Ecuadorian Pork is great for this, so if you haven’t already, try the Inspired By Ecuador – Slow Cooked Pork and Bean Stew with Cheesy Potato Cakes

May also had a little bonus recipe too, with my simple Hummus recipe because who doesn’t like hummus!

And finally we were back to breaking eggs but this time in Japan for the Inspired by Japan: Omelette with Yellow Sauce and Pickles

I hope you enjoyed the recipes in May and even got to make some!

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 Japan: Omelette with Yellow Sauce and Pickles

Such a simple, cheap dish but bursting with flavour and using one of my all time staples…eggs with a great Japanese twists!

Serves: 2 – 4

Prep: 10 mins (plus 3 – 5 days for the pickle to start breaking down)
Cook: 5 mins

Ingredients

For the Pickle: Half Chinese Cabbage (can use white cabbage as a substitute), 1 large carrot grated, 5 tbsp. of rice wine vinegar, 2 tsp. salt, 1 chop dried or fresh red chilli.

For the Yellow Sauce: 1 tbsp. mayonnaise, 2 tsp. of runny honey or agave syrup, 1 tsp. dried turmeric powder, good squeeze of lemon or lime juice.

For the Omelettes: A little oil for frying, 2 eggs per person, black pepper.

Method

  1. Make your Japanese pickles 3 – 5 days ahead by grating the carrot and shredding the cabbage, then place in an airtight container, top with the salt, chilli and rice wine vinegar, pop the lid on and keep in the fridge until ready to serve
  2. For the yellow sauce, mix together all of the ingredients until there are no lumps
  3. Now make your omelettes, I normally allow 2 eggs per person, mixed well with a little black pepper
  4. Heat some oil in a pan and cook the omelette for 2 – 4 mins until it starts to set, but not completely on top
  5. Now turn half of the omelette over and cook for another 2 – 3 mins
  6. Plate up…omelette first, top with pickles and then drizzle over the yellow sauce
  7. Dig in!

Save The Children have been established in Japan for 30 years now, on hand to help those who have been victims of natural disasters such as the tsunamis, earthquakes and flooding, they are also there to help support those living in poverty, and providing safe environments for children. To find out more please visit:

https://www.savethechildren.org/us/what-we-do/where-we-work/asia/japan

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

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Serves 4 – 6 as a main and goes very well with This Green Sauce…

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 2.5 hours

Ingredients: 750g or Pork Shoulder, 1 large onion, 1 butternut squash (peeled and cut into chunks), 1 tbsp olive oil, chicken stock cube, 1 lemon, 1 tbsp white wine vinegar, 1 tbsp of dried oregano, 1 tin of white beans (such as haricot), 1 small can of sweetcorn.

Cheese and potato patties – these are optional as the stew feels like a complete meal in itself, however this kind of accompaniment is often used in Ecuador…

For the Cheese and potato patties: 500g Potatoes (like Maris Piper), 2 tbsp of cheddar cheese, oil for frying, salt and pepper.

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 150F
  2. Cut your pork into chunks removing any excess fat
  3. Peel and roughly chop one onion
  4. Heat 1 tbsp. of oil in an oven proof pan and add your pork and onions, lightly browning the pork for a few minutes
  5. Turn the heat off and add 500ml of chicken stock, juice of a whole lemon, 1 tbsp. of white wine vinegar, 1 tbsp. of dried oregano
  6. Place in the oven with the lid on and cook for 1 hour
  7. After one hour, remove from the oven and using a wooden spoon start to break the pork down by pushing down on the the meat
  8. Cook for another hour, breaking down the pork again and now add your drained beans and sweetcorn, mix in well and place the butternut squash on top
  9. Add 200ml of water and put back in the oven for 25mins
  10. To make your potato cheese patties, peel and chop the potatoes into chunks
  11. Place in a pan and cover with cold water, bring to the boil and then simmer for 15mins until the potatoes start to break down a little
  12. Drain the potatoes, add a pinch of salt and pepper and two tbsp of grated cheddar cheese
  13. Allow to cool slightly before making into patties and gently frying in a little oil for 4 mins each side, or until they start to make a golden crust
  14. Aim to make about two patties per person, you may need to make these in batches
  15. Serve with the slow cooked pork and enjoy!

Although Ecuador is a country rich in oil, a majority of the Ecuadorian population live in poverty and the indigenous people of Ecuador have been subjected to a long history of discrimination, often illiterate, due to poverty and poor education, children are also at threat of violence, people trafficking and the dangers resulting from drug trade in the country. Save The Children are currently working with the government and 65 different children groups to help shape a better future for the children of Ecuador. To find out more please visit:

https://www.savethechildren.org.uk/where-we-work/south-central-america/ecuador

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Inspired by the Philippines: Sticky Chicken Drumsticks with Vegetable Noodles

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Growing up I was so lucky to live next door to a wonderful family, who came over from the Philippines in the 70s. I have such fond memories of playing with their daughter Marianne when I was little, but most of all I remember their generosity, as more often than not they would knock on our door with steaming plates of noodles, chicken and other delicious foods! I have kept in touch with the family ever since, who still live next door to my childhood home. I have been in touch with them recently and Marianne and her father Tony have shared with me one of their noodle recipes and a really tasty, but simple marinade that they used on the chicken.

I made this recipe recently for my own family and it felt so good to share this delicious dish and the happy memories attached to it, I hope you enjoy it too!

Serves: 4

Prep: 20 mins plus marinating time

Cook: 45 mins

Ingredients: For the Chicken Drumsticks; 8 chicken drumsticks, 3 tbsp. of tomato ketchup, 1 tbsp. of soy sauce, 1 garlic clove

For the noodles; 250g dried wok noodles, 1 red pepper, 2 celery sticks, 1 carrot, 1/2 Chinese cabbage (or you can use something like Savoy), 1 small/medium onion, 2 cloves of garlic, 1 chicken stock cube, tbsp. of soy sauce, 1 tbsp. of oil

Method

  1. First make your chicken marinade, thinly slice your garlic clove and mix together with the ketchup and soy sauce
  2. Coat your drumsticks in the mixture and leave in the fridge for at least 30mins or overnight
  3. Preheat your oven to 210F, place your chicken in the middle of the oven and cook for 35 – 45 mins turning half way through and checking that your chicken is cooked before serving, (use a knife close to the bone to make sure all the juices are clear)
  4. While your chicken is cooking prepare your noodles
  5. Thinly slice your onion and garlic and set aside
  6. Thinly shred the cabbage and dice all the other vegetables
  7. In a wok or deep saucepan heat the oil and gently cook the onion and garlic for 5 mins
  8. To this now add the chicken stock made with 100ml of water and the soy sauce, mix and add the rest of your veg to the pan, give it a good stir
  9. Now add your dried noodles and 720ml of boiling water
  10. Bring to a high simmer and leave your noodles to absorb all the water for 6 – 8 minutes stirring occasionally ( I have never cooked noodles like this before and was a bit nervous, but it worked a treat and it meant that they soaked up ALL of the flavours).
  11. Serve the steaming noodles with your cooked chicken and enjoy…I know I did!

Save The Children have been working in the Philippines since 1981, but more recently have been helping to rebuild communities after the devastating Typhoon Haiyan in 2013. Sadly just two years later the Philippines were struck again, in 2015 by Koppu, displacing 700,000 people. Save The Children are now working hard to help these families rebuild their lives and prepare for future emergencies. If you would like to find out more please visit:

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

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Hummus…we have a problem!

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Well I know I do! I love the stuff and it’s not only good for you, it’s super easy to make too.

Want to whip up a quick batch of hummus right now? Then try this:

In a food processor add a drained tin of cooked chickpeas, juice of a whole lemon, one garlic clove, a tablespoon of Tahini paste and about 100ml of olive oil and blend to a paste, add a little water or more oil if too clumpy. I’ve topped mine with some more olive oil and some Pinenuts.

High in fibre and protein, which also makes it super filling, it’s great as a snack, on toast or with crudities for lunch, or as a sauce in pitta bread with some roasted veg or chicken.

Did you know that India is the biggest producer of Chickpeas globally? Followed by Iran, Mexico and Ethiopia and is often used as the star in Mediterranean Mezes, what a delicious little legume it is!

For more dip recipes, take a look at Syrian Inspired Aubergine Dip with Honey and Pistachios, and if you need even more Chickpea inspiration this weekend, then have a look at the super easy, cheap Indian Inspired – Chickpea Dahl with Eggs and Homemade Raiti

Happy Friday

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