Inspired by Peru – Chicken, Black Rice, Green Sauce and Avocado Salad

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The Green Sauce used here is so tasty you’ll want to add it to everything!

Serves 2 Main Course

Prep: 20mins
Cook: 30mins (plus marinating time)

Ingredients: For the chicken; 2 chicken breasts (skin removed), 1/2 tsp. of cumin seeds, 1/2 green chilli, 1 garlic clove (peeled and chopped), 1/2 tsp. paprika, 1 tbsp of olive oil

For the Black Rice; 1 cup of black rice, 1 chicken stock cube, handful of spring onions

For the Salad; 1 Avocado, 2 tbsps. of sweetcorn, 1 large tomato, squeeze of lime juice

For the Green Sauce; 2 tbsp. olive oil, 1 garlic clove, 1/2 green chilli, tsp oregano (fresh or dried), tsp. of jalepeano (jarred) peppers, juice of 1 lime, pinch of salt.

Method

  1. Mix all the ingredients for the chicken marinade, cut the chickens into strips and marinate in the mixture overnight or for as long as possible
  2. Meanwhile cooked the black rice as per instructions (these may vary by brand), and substitute one cup of the water for one cup of chicken stock. Once the rice is cooked, add the chopped spring onions and set aside
  3. Grill the chicken under a pre-heated grill for 20mins turning half way through
  4. Prepare your salad by peeling the skin of the tomato, (honestly this works and makes its own juice for the rest of the salad!), chop and mix with chopped avocado and sweetcorn adding in the lime juice before stirring
  5. Now for the sauce… chop, peel and thinly slice the garlic clove add to this the jalapeno peppers, oil, chilli, oregano, the lime juice and pinch of salt and stir well
  6. Assemble all ingredients and drizzle the chicken with the green sauce*

*You can make the green sauce first and set aside until you are ready to serve.

In Peru, children living in poor rural areas are dying, in part due to poor information and healthcare provisions, Save the Children are working with government to share better information about childcare to save lives, to find out more please visit their website: https://www.savethechildren.org.uk/where-we-work/south-central-america/peru

If you would like to make a monetary donation please visit the link: https://justgiving.com/fundraising/Feastforfamine

Thanks x

Inspired by the Lebanon – Whole Roast Lebanese Chicken with A Cauliflower, Bulgar Wheat Tabbouleh

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This dish is flavoursome yet gentle, and the marinade for the chicken makes a lovely sauce to use after cooking, perfect for when the weather starts to warm up.

Serves 4 – 6

Prep: 25 mins
Cook: 2 hours

Ingredients
For the Roast Chicken: 1 whole chicken, juice of a whole lemon, 2 tbsp. of yogurt (can be plain or Greek), 2 garlic cloves, 1 tbsp. of olive oil, 2 garlic cloves, 2 cinnamon sticks, 2 cardamom pods, 2 tsps. dried thyme, 1 tsp of cumin, 1/2 tsp of salt, generous mil of black pepper

For the Cauliflower Tabbouleh: 1/2 head of cauliflower or one small cauliflower, 1 cup of dried bulgur wheat, juice of one lemon, tsp. cumin, 1 garlic clove, 1 tsp cinnamon, 2 tbsps. of toasted sesame seeds, 1/4 cucumber chopped into small chunks, bunch of parsley, 2 tbsps. of olive oil, salt and pepper to taste.

Method

  1. Make your tabbouleh ahead, even the day before, so that all you need to do is roast your chicken when is comes to a leisurely lunch or dinner!
  2. Start off with the bulgur wheat, add one part of rinsed well bulgur wheat (I used one cup), to 1.5 cups of boiling water and the juice of half a lemon to a lidded pan, put the lid on and leave for 20mins to absorb the liquid, after 20 mins drain off any excess liquid and set to one side
  3. Pre-heat your oven to 200 fan, mix the cumin, chopped garlic, cinnamon, salt and pepper with 2 tbsps. of olive oil, break your cauliflower into small florets and coat in this mixture
  4. Pop in the oven for 30mins
  5. Once the cauliflower is cooked, add to your bulgur wheat with the cucumber, parsley and the rest of the juice from the lemon, add another tbsp. of olive oil, salt and pepper and mix well
  6. Sprinkle with the toasted sesame seeds and leave in the fridge until you are ready to use it, up to 24 hours is fine.
  7. When you are ready to cook your chicken, pre-heat your oven to 200F/180C
  8. In a bowl mix together 2 tbsps. of yogurt, 1 tbsp. of olive oil 2 crushed garlic cloves, juice of a whole lemon, 1 tsp of cumin, 2 cardamom pods (crushed), 2 tsps. dried thyme, 1/2 tsp of salt and a generous mil of black pepper
  9. Make some slits in the chicken thighs and legs and make some space between the breast and the skin
  10. Cover your chicken with the mixture, pushing some underneath the skin on the chicken
  11. In the cavity, place the two cinnamon sticks and the left over lemon from juicing
  12. Pop in the oven and cook for 25 minutes per 500g, plus an extra 25 minutes
  13. Allow your chicken to rest and then slice and serve with your cauliflower tabbouleh, pouring the juices from the chicken over the top…Enjoy!

Save The Children, have been working in the Lebanon since 1953, as well as providing aid to many refugees, they have been working to provide shelter by renovating buildings so that they are safe to occupy, they have also been working to implement safe water systems.  With the increase of Syrian refugees, they have been working to bring Lebanese and Syrian people together on community projects. To find out more please visit:
https://www.savethechildren.org.uk/where-we-work/middle-east/lebanon

If you would like to make a monetary donation, please visit the link: http://justgiving.com/fundraising/feastforfamine

Thanks x

 

 

 

 

February Recipes Review: From Yemen to Haiti…

Hi All!

So how am I doing with my Food from the World for the World?

February was a short month but I managed to take you to a few new places! First stop was Zimbabwe for a delicious, cheap and easy Inspired by Zimbabwe: Tomato Chicken Stew with Peanut Butter Rice

Next stop Mozambique for a rich chocolate dessert just in time for Valentines…Inspired by Mozambique, gluten-free, rich Dark Chocolate, Cashew Nut and Sweet Potato Mousse.

From Mozambique we made a visit to Yemen for Inspired by Yemen – Scrambled Eggs with Green Beans and Hot Spiced Yogurt, Served with Clove and Cardamon Black Tea, giving new flavours to an all time comfort food, also timely linked with Save The Childrens’ current campaign, Pens for Peace in Yemen. For more details please visit the link: https://www.savethechildren.org.uk/where-we-work/middle-east/yemen

As some of you were feeling the spring like weather early this year, for our last stop in February, I decided to take us somewhere to try something a bit lighter, so we went to Haiti… twice! Once for Inspired by Haiti – Crab and Sweet Potato Fritters and a last little February treat of mock ice cream! Inspired by Haiti – Banana and Mango Mock Ice Cream with Dark Chocolate and Cashew Nut Shards

So where will March take us? Come back on Monday 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

Inspired by Zimbabwe: Tomato Chicken Stew with Peanut Butter Rice

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This is a really comforting dish!

Serves 4

Prep: 20mins

Cook: 1 hour 10mins

Ingredients: For the Tomato Chicken Stew; 8 chicken thighs, 3 large tomatoes, 1 large onion, handful of fresh or frozen green beans, handful of parsley, 1 garlic clove, 1 tsp of olive oil, 1 tbsp tomato puree

For the Peanut Butter Rice; 2 cups of cooked rice (basmati or long grain is good), 1 tbsp of crushed salted peanuts, 1 tsp of butter, 1 tsp dried chives

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 200(fan), brown the chicken thighs in a pan on both sides, cut the tomato and onion into chunks, cut the garlic and add to an oven proof pan,
  2. Add 1 tsp of olive oil and start cooking the mixture on the hob for 5-10mins until it starts to break down, add the tomato puree stir and place the chicken thighs on top
  3. Place in the oven with a lid and cook in the oven for 40mins
  4. After 40 mins add the green beans and cook with the lid off for a further 10 – 15 mins
  5. While this is cooking start on the rice, heat 1 tsp of butter in a pan until it melts
  6. Add the crushed peanuts and let it start to sizzle a little before adding the cooked rice
  7. Stir over a medium heat until all combined and warmed through, add the chopped chives and you’re done! Serve all together with fresh parsley scattered over the chicken.
The prevalance of HIV and Aids in Zimbabwe, means that many children are left oprhaned, many are not able to go to school and those that are, are often unable to participate once there falling asleep due to malnutrition, to find out how Save the Children are working in Zimbabwe please click on the link:
https://www.savethechildren.org.uk/where-we-work/africa/Zimbabwe

And if you would like to make a donation to help, please visit:

https://justgiving.com/fundraising/feastforfamine

Thanks x

January Recipes Review: From the Ukraine to Indonesia…

Hi All!

So how am I doing with my Food from the World for the World?

In January, I took you too…the Ukraine with my Beetroot Soup with Shredded Chicken, Garlic Breadcrumbs and Dill infused Yogurt, https://wp.me/pahvtD-1S hoping to start the year off with something healthy and comforting.

Next stop…Bangladesh for my Carrot Bhajis with Raita, https://wp.me/pahvtD-1n (also included extra recipes for homemade Lime Pickle and Spicy Tomato Chutney), and even showed you another recipe to use up the chutney, the Spicy Oven Cooked Aubergines https://wp.me/pahvtD-3Q with my Bangladeshi Inspired Spicy Tomato Chutney!

From Bangladesh we made a visit to Nigeria for my Peanut Butter, Coconut and Banana Chip Crumbly Cookies, https://wp.me/pahvtD-21 which got me to thinking about other store cupboard favourites, and decided to experiment… the results of which were the Super Easy Gluten Free Nutella cookies https://wp.me/pahvtD-3Y which went down a treat in my household…

Last stop in January was my favourite, Inspired by Indonesia – Slow Cooked Beef Noodles, with Spinach, Fried Egg and Peanut Sambal, https://wp.me/pahvtD-3Z using cheap cuts of meat to create something that really wakes up your taste buds as well as providing a bit of heat on a cold January day.

So where will February take us? Come back on Monday to find out…and in the meantime I would love to have your feedback on the recipes created by Feastforfamine so far!

Thanks

Rosalyn x

Inspired by the Ukraine: Beetroot Soup with Shredded Chicken, Garlic Breadcrumbs and Dill infused Yogurt

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Ingredients;

For the soup – 2 x skinless chicken breast, 1 large beetroot (peeled and chopped into chunks), 1 large onion (peeled and sliced), 400g new potatoes (skin on cut into chunks), 1 large carrot (chopped into chunks), 1 small tin of cooked green lentils, 1 clove of garlic (peeled and thinly sliced), 1 tbsp of olive oil, 1 cube of low sodium chicken stock salt and black pepper

For the breadcrumbs – Slice of bread (any that you like), 1 tbsp of olive oil, 1 garlic clove

For the dill yogurt – 250g of greek yogurt, 1 heaped tsp of dried dill, juice of 1/2 a lemon.

Method:

  1. Start with your chicken, place the two chicken breast in a lidded pan with the chicken stock cube and 1 litre of cold water, bring to the boil then leave on a gentle simmer for 30mins
  2. Add your oil to a large saucepan and fry the onion and garlic for a few minutes, add the rest of the beetroot with 100ml of cold water, bring to the boil and leave on a low to medium simmer for 10mins with the lid on
  3. Now make your yogurt, mix the yogurt with the dill and lemon juice and leave in the fridge until ready to use
  4. When your chicken has finished poaching, remove the chicken breast from the pan and set aside and add all of the poaching liquid to your vegetable pan, now add all the rest of your vegetables including the lentils and cook on a medium heat with the lid on for 40 mins
  5. To make your breadcrumbs, blitz the bread in a food processor, heat 1tbsp of olive oil in a frying pan and fry one thinly sliced clove of garlic for 2 – 3 mins to infuse the oil, now add your breadcrumbs and fry until golden brown, set aside
  6. When your stew has finished cooking take your chicken breast and shred into pieces, check your seasoning, adding salt and pepper to taste, add chicken to the stew to warm through and now you are ready to serve…
  7. Serve the stew in deep bowls with a good dollop of your dill yogurt and a generous sprinkle of breadcrumbs…enjoy!
    As well as living through harsh winters, children in the Ukraine continue to live amidst conflict. Many of their homes destroyed, and roads blocked making it increasingly difficult to access supplies, schooling and urgently needed medical care. To find out what Save The Children are doing to help, please visit their website using the link:

    https://www.savethechildren.org.uk/where-we-work/europe/ukraine

    If you would like to donate please visit the link: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/feastforfamine

    Thanks x