It’s Nearly The Weekend…

So check out my egg recipes for breakfast and brunch ideas, from Yemeni Scrambled Eggs to Japanese Omlette with Pickles.

Click on the links below to create your favourite egg dish this weekend!

https://feastforfamine.blog/2019/05/27/inspired-by-japan-omlette-with-yellow-sauce-and-pickles/

https://feastforfamine.blog/2019/05/06/inspired-by-england-egg-and-bacon-oven-baked-muffins/

https://feastforfamine.blog/2019/04/08/indian-inspired-chickpea-dahl-with-eggs-and-homemade-raiti/

https://feastforfamine.blog/2019/02/18/inspired-by-yemen-scrambled-egg-with-green-beans-and-hot-spiced-yogurt-served-with-clove-and-cardamon-black-tea/

See you Monday x

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 England – Egg and Bacon Oven Baked Muffins

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This super easy recipe uses only three ingredients and can be eaten hot or cold, breakfast on the go, brunch, lunch or as part of a picnic – perfect!

Makes: 6 Muffins

Prep: 5mins

Cook: 25mins

Ingredients: 6 small to medium eggs (depending on the depth of your cupcake tin), 6 slices of bread such as white, brown, granary, 6 rashers of streaky bacon, a little oil

Method:

  1. Pre-heat your over to 200F
  2. Using a cutter or a mug/cup cut circles into each of your bread slices
  3. Cut your bacon into equal halves
  4. Brush a little oil inside your cupcake tin
  5. Put the two halves of each rasher of bacon into each cupcake hole in the shape of a cross
  6. Push your bread discs down on top of each of the bacon crosses
  7. Top each one with a cracked egg and a little salt and pepper
  8. Cook for 25 mins
  9. Eat…you can even add Ketchup!

Despite England being part of the developed world, more than a quarter of children living in England are living in extreme poverty,  low wages with increased living costs are putting immense pressure on parents and carers to give children the support and education they need for a fair start in life. Save The Children are working to support these children, to find out more please visit:

https://www.savethechildren.org.uk/what-we-do/uk-work/england

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Easter Time With Feastforfamine Friends

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Easter is a time of celebration. It’s celebrated across the World with many traditions spanning centuries. It is also a time to spend with family and friends and a fun time for children and some adults with the mass production of Easter eggs, Easter egg hunts, bonnet making and, of course, the Easter Bunny!

As part of Feastforfamines’ philosophy to celebrate food from all corners of the world, I’d like to share with you some of the lovely foodie traditions that have been passed on to me. There are new recipes to enjoy as well, such as an Afghan twist on one of my own traditions – roast lamb Inspired by Afghanistan: Spiced Slow Cooked Lamb, Carrot, Almond, Tumeric and Sultana Rice with Carrot Yogurt

So let’s start with Spain and a dessert that my friend Victoria tells me is synonymous with Easter – ‘Torrijas’. Torrijas are a cross between Eggy Bread and French Toast, which means you could also enjoy these as a lovely Easter Brunch too. Have a look at how to make these delicious treats here: https://youtu.be/iRaAEmyY6ig

My friend Angela has said that in Poland, Easter is bigger than Christmas when it comes to celebrating, and it sounds like they have a huge amount of fun. Easter greeting cards are sent, children turn their hands to egg painting , lambs made from sugar adorn family tables and there are no shortage of water fights!! Festive Easter dishes include Babka Bread and a wonderful Polish cheesecake which I have on good authority tastes even better if you add some booze soaked cherries on top. You can find Angela’s favourite cheesecake recipe here: http://allrecipes.co.uk/recipe/41676/polish-style-vanilla-cheesecake.aspx

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Over to Russia where Sasha has told me that, like in many other parts of the World, fasting is a common practice at this time. Here, it culminates in much eating of the cake Paskha, a cheesecake made using traditional moulds. Have a look at one way of making it here: https://www.whats4eats.com/desserts/paskha-recipe There is also a creative tradition here too, with eggs dyed in vibrant colours and cookies decorated .

In Portugal, my friend Cesar tells me that some families cook ‘Cabrito’, a roasted goat dish, which brings to mind my own memories of Easter as a child. A variation of this recipe may use lamb instead of goat and can be stewed in red wine, rather than roasting. It’s also enjoyed at Christmas time. If you’d like to read more about it, have a look here: https://catavino.net/recipes/portuguese-recipe-cabrito-assado-roasted-goat/

Children still enjoy Easter Eggs in Portugal, but they also like to share sugared almonds and ‘torroes’, which are coloured sugar cubes. Cesar likes to prepare a crab mousse for him and his family at this time of year. It’s a simple dish but takes a lot of time, so a perfect treat when you have a long weekend to cook, he combines all the meat from the crab with boiled eggs and pickles and I was also luckily enough try it this weekend, it was delicious!

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Speaking of crab, but moving to a warmer climate, my friend Nathalie tells me there is a wonderful tradition in Martinique where a crab dish called Matoutou is made and taken to share on the beach. The recipe involves cooking a whole crab with rice, chives, onions, garlic, tomatoes, allspice leaves, chilli pepper, lemon, cloves and a spice called Colombo powder, all left to simmer until cooked. In Martinique crab is such a popular dish at this time of year they also hold a Crab Fair in Le Vauclin.

Now for my own memories of sweet Easter Treats. Did any of you ever make those little Easter nests at school? Or at home? I still make them now with my daughter. They’re easy to prepare, cute and delicious.

I also like to make biscuits and cookies around this time, and recently made Easter Bunnies with Hazelnut Noses. You can find the recipe here: https://wordpress.com/post/feastforfamine.blog/397

I think that most people would agree there is a lot of chocolate consumed at Easter time! But did you know that the Ivory Coast is one of the biggest producers of the cocoa bean in the World? I decided to have a go at making some sweet treats inspired by the Ivory Coast a recipe which I will share with you all soon!

So spring is here, the Easter egg hunt is on and whatever your traditions are at this time of year, I hope you have fun cooking some amazing treats this weekend.

Indian Inspired – Chickpea Dahl with Eggs and Homemade Raiti

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This is a great brunch dish!

Serves: 2

Prep: 10mins

Cook: 50 -55mins

Ingredients; Tin of chickpeas, 2 eggs, 8 small cherry tomatoes, 1 chilli, 1 clove of garlic, thumb sized piece of ginger, 1 tbsp coconut oil, 1 tsp mustard seeds, 1 tsp of cumin, 1 tsp ground turmeric, 1/2 tsp coriander seeds, 200ml of water

If making Raiti, see link below.

Method:

  1. Deseed and thinly slice the chilli, setting aside 1/2 for the end
  2. Peel and finely slice the garlic, ginger and onion
  3. Heat the coconut oil in a frying pan add the spices, cook until you hear them start to pop
  4. Add the onion, garlic and chilli, fry for 2-3mins until they begin to soften
  5. Chop the cherry tomatoes in half and add to the pan, along with the chick peas and 200ml of cold water
  6. Bring to boil and then leave to simmer for 45mins, occasionally using a potato masher or spoon to slightly break down some of the chickpeas
  7. Make two small wells in your chickpea mixture, add your eggs and cook until set
  8. Serve with chapatis (sorry I cheated and used shop bought!), homemade raita, which you can find the recipe for here; Inspired by Bangladesh: Carrot Bhajis with Raita (also included extra recipes for homemade Lime Pickle and Spicy Tomato Chutney) and add a small scattering of the chilli
  9. Dig in!

Child exploitation, child labour and trafficking are just a few of the problems facing the children of India, they are also at risk of contracting childhood diseases, causing the deaths of one in twenty children before they reach their fifth birthday. Many children are also deprived of an education. Save The Children are working with local authorities to safe guard children and with local communities to help provide education to those already marginalised. To find out more please visit their website: https://www.savethechildren.org.uk/where-we-work/asia/india

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Inspired by Yemen – Scrambled Eggs with Green Beans and Hot Spiced Yogurt, Served with Clove and Cardamon Black Tea

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Serves two for brunch or lunch, for more servings just adjust ingredients accordingly.

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 10 mins

Ingredients for the Eggs: 4 eggs, 4 tbsps. of natural or Greek yogurt, handful of cooked green beans, juice of 1/2 a lemon, 2 tsp. of olive oil, 1/2 tsp. dried chilli, 1/2 tsp. cumin seeds, 1/2 tsp. coriander seeds, your choice of bread for toasting.

Ingredients for the Tea: 1 black tea bag, any you like, English Breakfast, Assam or even good old PG tips will do! 4 cloves and 2 cardamon pods.

Method

  1. First make your tea, make your tea as you normally would in a teapot, add to this the cloves and cardamon pods, leave to brew while you make the egg recipe
  2. Make your yogurt, start off with 1 tsp of olive oil in a pan, in a pestle and mortar combine your dried spices and then add to the oil, when you hear this starting to sizzle add your yogurt and lemon juice, season well, warm through then turn the heat off
  3. Toast your bread!
  4. Scrambled your eggs anyway you like but I like mine simply done, heating 1 tsp of olive oil, whisking your eggs with a fork then adding to the pan to cook through, stirring until your eggs are the desired consistency
  5. Add in your cooked green beans
  6. Transfer to plates, pour your yogurt sauce over and serve with or without your toasted bread and tea, enjoy.

Yemen is currently facing one of the worst humanitarian disasters of our time. Continued conflict since 2015 has been devastating to the people of Yemen, families face everyday without food, water and fuel and it is estimate that 20 million people are at risk from the worst famine in over 100 years. Save The Children are working urgently to help those children still caught in this devastating war.

Here’s how you can help, support Save The Childrens’ campaign Pens for Peace in Yemen, which is asking the UK Government to bring peace to Yemen’s children. For more details please visit the link: https://www.savethechildren.org.uk/where-we-work/middle-east/yemen

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

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