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

 

 

 

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

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

And if you would like to make a donation via this blog, please visit my Just Giving Page, by clicking the link here Just Giving

Thanks x

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

And if you would like to make a donation via this blog, please visit my Just Giving Page, by clicking the link here Just Giving

Thanks x

Nuts about Nuts?

thumbnail_IMG_20190328_122722_779And seeds of course! I love using them in my recipes, my favs are Sesame, Pinenuts  and Cashews…what about you?

Did you know that Mozambique is one of the biggest producers of Cashew Nuts? And right now they need your help, after the devastation left behind by Cyclone Idai.

Please visit Save The Children’s website to find out more:

http://www.savethechildren.org.uk

I am also reposting my recipes from both Mozambique Inspired by Mozambique – Rich Chocolate, Cashew Nut and Sweet Potato Mousse and Nigeria Inspired by Nigeria: Peanut Butter, Coconut and Banana Chip Crumbly Cookies in light of the recent events there.

If you would like to make a donation to my Just Giving page, where all proceeds go directly to Save The Children, to support the amazing work they do in these countries and many more, please visit Just Giving to find out more.

Thanks x

Inspired by Greece – Oregano and Garlic Roasted Tomatoes with Lemon, Feta and Olive Topped Jacket Potatoes

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An easy peasy Mediterranean twists on an all time go-to dish!

Serves 2

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 1.5 hours

Ingredients
2 Baking Potatoes, 2 Beef Tomatoes or 4 smaller ones, 2 tbsps. of olive oil, 50g feta cheese, 1 tsp oregano, 1 clove of garlic, handful of black olives, salt and pepper, squeeze of lemon.

Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 220F
  2. Place your jacket potatoes in the oven and cook your potatoes for up to 1.5 hours depending on size. (I normally pierce with a fork, wrap in tin foil and add a little olive oil and a sprinkling of salt for a really tasty skin…)
  3. Slice your tomatoes, finely slice your garlic and place in an oven proof dish
  4. Sprinkle over the oregano and the olive oil
  5. 30mins before your potatoes are ready, pop the tomato dish in and cook along with the potatoes for the remaining 30mins
  6. To Serve, cut your potatoes in half, spoon over the tomato mixture, including all the juices, crumble over the feta and the black olives, adding salt and pepper to taste, a squeeze of lemon and…
  7. Dig in!

2015 saw Greece become the main point of entry for over 1 million refugees and migrants. Border closure between Greece and Macedonia has now left thousands of people stranded, including 2,000 children who are waiting for legal asylum before they can leave. Living conditions are very poor in the refugee camps and children are at risks of exploration as many families are turning to smugglers to get outside of the camps. To find out what Save The Children are doing children in these camps, please visit:
http://www.savethechildren.org.uk/where-we-work/europe/greece

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

Thanks x

Syrian Inspired Aubergine Dip with Honey and Pistachios

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Add to the other dips I made earlier this week for a trio of deliciousness!

Can serve up to 4 as a starter or more if added to a Meze Platter.

Prep: 10mins
Cook: 50mins

Ingredients: 1 large aubergine, juice of 1/2 a lemon, 2 tbsps of olive oil, 1 tbsp of tahini,  1 tsp sesame seeds, 1 tsp of honey, 10 pistachios.

Method

  1. Make some pricks in the aubergine then roast in a preheated over at 200f for 50 mins
  2. Allow the aubergine to cool then scrap out all of the flesh and add to a blender, along with the lemon juice, tahini, olive oil and blend to a smooth consistency and decant into a bowl
  3. Lightly toast the seasame seeds and set aside, shell and crush the pistachios, sprinkle both over the dip along with a drizzle of the honey
  4. Serve with warm pittas or make at home tortilla chips*
  5. Get dipping!

*Using shop bought tortillas, cut into triangles and lightly coat in oil and a sprinkle of salt then bake in the oven for 15mins at 200f degrees until lightly golden and crunchy!

Friday marked the eighth year of the war in Syria, millions are now living as refugees, resorting to eating animal feed and leaves to survive. Thousands of children have been killed and many of those surviving are separated from their families and are living with severe injuries as a result of this brutal conflict. Save The Children are working tirelessly to help those still in Syria, to find out more, please visit the link: https://www.savethechildren.org.uk/where-we-work/middle-east/syria

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

Thanks x