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

 

 

 

August Recipe Review -From Portugal to India

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As many of you return to work this week and school after the summer break, let’s have a look back at the Feastforfamine recipes in August. I hope you enjoyed the recipes and even got to try some out, and whether you had a staycation or travelled further afield I hope you had fun and are feeling well rested.

First up in August was a trip to the USA for the healthy but delicious Key Lime Pots, the aim of this recipe was to try and keep all the flavour of this American classic, but without the calories and cooking time, I hope it worked!

Second up and in keeping with the summer theme, I’m thinking BBQs here and lots of them, with the Inspired by Australia – Beer soaked Chicken Wings with Apple and Cucumber Salad, really moorish and easy to make.

Summer is also a great time for picnics, so with this in mind have a look at Inspired by Portugal – Chorizo Loaf simple baking but great to share.

Last stop took us to India for some vegetarian treats with the Inspired by India – Potato and Sweetcorn Samosas with Pea Raita and I really recommend the pea raita as a stand alone dip too!

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 Egypt – Courgette and Chickpea Salad with Dukkah

Dukkah is a great way to add texture and a little spice to salads, stews, eggs or anything you like and this recipes makes enough to fill up one old spice jar, so you will have a batch to keep you going.

Cook: 10mins
Prep: 5 mins

For the Dukkah

Ingredients: Handful of whole almonds, 1 tbsp. sesame seeds, 1 tsp fennel seeds, 1 tsp. cumin seeds, 2 tsp. coriander seeds, good mil of salt and pepper

Method:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 180F
  2. Give all the ingredients a quick blitz in a food processor, or a good bash in a pestle and mortar
  3. Line a baking tray with baking parchment and place all your ingredients on top, spreading evenly over the parchment
  4. Bake in the oven for 8 – 10mins until golden brown
  5. Allow to cool and then place in an airtight container until ready to use

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For the Courgette and Chickpea Salad

Prep: 10mins
Cook: No cooking required but the courgette needs 30mins resting time.

Ingredients: 1 large courgette or two medium, small can of chickpeas drained, juice of half a lemon, 2 tbsp. olive oil, small bunch of parsley chopped, small pinch of chilli flakes, salt and pepper, 1 – 2 tbsp. of Dukkah.

Method:

  1. Spiralise or julienne the courgette, place in a bowl and add a good pinch of salt and then leave in the fridge for 30mins
  2. After 30mins drain any excess water off, of the courgettes
  3. Now construct your salad by mixing in the chickpeas, lemon, oil and parsley and pepper to taste
  4. Sprinkle over as much dukkah as you want and add a small pinch of dried chilli flakes
  5. Enjoy!

Save The Children have been working in Egypt to provide better healthcare, social and educational standards for children. By working with government Save The Children have put in place standards for those living in care and working closely with agriculture and cotton industries to better protect child workers and providing opportunities to learn, giving children a chance to live a life outside of poverty. To find out more please visit: https://www.savethechildren.org.uk/where-we-work/middle-east/egypt

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

July Recipe Review – From New Zealand to Myanmar

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Hi All!

So how is Summer treating you so far? Exams, deadlines? Or vacations and new destinations? Whatever you are doing I hope it is filled full with sunshine, picnics, BBQs and alfresco dining!

The beginning of July marked the six month anniversary of the Feastforfamine journey and as a little bonus recipe I shared Nan’s Jam Tart, a recipe I remember fondly from my childhood and now share with my daughter, it’s so easy but so tasty and full of memories for me!

First stop in July took us to Mexico, to cool down with the Inspired by Mexico – Avocado and Cucumber Gazpacho, a really easy lunch or refreshing light starter. Next we went to Vietnam to explore a different take on the Banh Mi, the famous baguette normally filled with pork, pate, mayo and pickles. I wanted to try and create a different version that didn’t cut any of the flavour but instead offered a vegetarian option so created the Inspired by Vietnam – Aubergine Buns with Veggie Pickles and Spiced Mayo.

I love summer cooking and food, but often find it difficult to think of desserts that compliment lighter eating, so during the warmer months when entertaining, I will always make at least one pavlova as it’s light but sweet and you can add any flavour combinations you like, I definitely think I have found a winning combo with the Inspired by New Zealand – Orange, Honey and Macadamia Nut Pavlova, and I would also love to have your favourite pavlova creations too, feel free to contact me here Contact, and I will have a go and making some of them before the summer is over.

Next we went to Libya for an African twist on pasta, (https://feastforfamine.blog/2019/07/22/inspired-by-libya-spiced-orange-chicken-with-coriander-and-pinenut-pasta/) a zesty chicken dish that does not waste any of the juices from the chicken, as it drizzles down onto the coriander and pine nut pasta, great served with a fresh green salad.

Finally in July, we went to Myanmar for Pork and Mango Coconut Noodles (https://feastforfamine.blog/2019/07/29/inspired-by-myanmar-pork-and-mango-coconut-noodles/), you can use up any other left over meats you have from your Sunday Roast, but they have a saying in Myanmar ‘Of all the fruit the mango is the best, of all the meat, the pork is the best and of all the leaves lahpet is the best’, and I certainly agree with that for this recipe, the pork and mango really are the best combo…I hope you do too!

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 Vietnam – Aubergine Buns with Veggie Pickles and Spiced Mayo

Serves: 4 as a starter

Prep: 1 hour

Cook: 15 mins

Ingredients: For the pickles; large handful of radishes grated, 1 large carrot grated, 1 large cucumber grated, 100ml of rice wine vinegar, 100ml of water, 1/2 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp. sugar, 1 large or a few small jars.

For the spicy mayo; 2 tbsps. of mayo, 1 tsp. of jalepeano peppers (more if you like it really spicy), 1 grated thumb sized piece of ginger

For the buns; 1 large aubergine, olive oil, 4 brioche buns, small bunch of coriander, 1 lemon, 1/2 tsp of cinnamon.

Method

  1. First make your pickles, (these can be made a few days ahead), by layering the grated vegetables into sterilised jars
  2. In a pan add the rice wine vinegar, water and sugar and salt
  3. Bring to the bowl then pour into the jars and put the lids on straight away
  4. Allow to cool and store in the fridge
  5. For the mayo just mix all of your ingredients together and set aside in the fridge until ready to use, again can be made in advanced as long as in air tight container
  6. When ready to make your rolls, slice your aubergine into thin slices and leave on a plate covered with kitchen paper for one hour
  7. Pre-heat your grill, lay your aubergine out on a baking tray and drizzle with oil cook for 6 mins each side, but keep an eye on them so they don’t burn
  8. To serve, cut your brioche buns down the middle add a layer of the spicy mayo, then the auberinge, topping with the pickled veg, fresh coriander, a sprinkle of cinnamon and a lemon wedge
  9. Enjoy!

NB. If you have any pickles left over keep them in the fridge, they should be good for a couple of weeks.

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Save The Children have been working in Vietnam since 1990, their work includes improving the healthcare system, education and have also been working on programmes to ensure children under five have access to nutritious food as many grow up stunted.  To support Vietnam’s large textile industry, many children are working for 17 hours a day for little pay, Save The Children are working with local authorities to monitor the textile industry and to look for alternatives to child labor.  To find out more about this and the other work Save The Children carry out here, please click on the link below:

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

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

 

 

Inspired by Mexico – Avocado and Cucumber Gazpacho

Serves: 2

Ingredients: 1 large avocado, 1/2 cucumber, 1 garlic clove, 2 tbsp. Olive oil, 100 – 150ml of cold water 1 tbsp. White wine vinegar, salt and pepper

For the salsa topping: 1 tomato, 2 tbsp. sweetcorn, 1/2 small red onion, 1 red chilli, 1/2 tsp. Paprika, 1/2 tsp. dried oregano drizzle of olive oil

Method:

  1. Peel the cucumber and chop the avocado and cucumber into chunks
  2. Pop into a blender with the rest of the ingredients and blitz to a smooth consistency add a little more water if you like and seasoning to taste
  3. Set aside in the fridge until ready to serve
  4. Chop the tomato and onion into small chunks
  5. Slice the chilli thinly and remove the seeds
  6. Add the chilli to the tomato, red onion and sweetcorn and mix together
  7. Pop on top of your chilled avocado soup and sprinkle over some paprika, dried oregano and a drizzle of olive oil
  8. Enjoy!

Save The Children US have been working in Mexico for many years to help support and secure the rights of children.  Have a look at the statistics on the struggles they face below:

  • 10% of school-age children are out of school
  • 15 out of 1,000 children die
    before their 5th birthday
  • 12% of children are engaged in child labour
  • 46% of people live in poverty

To find out more about the work Save The Children are doing please visit their website:

https://www.savethechildren.org/us/what-we-do/where-we-work/latin-america/mexico

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 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