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

 

 

 

Inspired by Korea – Vegan Asparagus and Ginger Pancakes

I was lucky enough recently to attend a vegan Korean cooking course with the amazing chef Da-Hae West, (check her out here https://dahaewest.com), which gave me a lot of inspiration as well as making my own Kimchi! One of the things I got to make was a vegan pancake, which is super easy, super delicious and can be adapted to suit your tastes, adding things like prawns, chicken, more chillies, no chillies it’s up to you!

I have made my own version here using lots of asparagus and ginger accompanied by two dips that I think work really well, one vegan and one full on mayo! If you have a go at making this version, or your own, get in touch as I would love to hear about your creations!

Serves: 2 as a main, 4 – 6 as a starter

Prep: 20mins

Cook: 6 – 8 mins for each pancake

Ingredients: For the pancakes: 20 asparagus spears, 250g self raising flour, 375ml ice cold sparkling water, 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 chilli thinly sliced, (more if you like the heat), 1 clove or garlic minced of thinly sliced, 1 thumb sized piece of ginger minced or thinly sliced, 4 tbsp. of oil for frying

For the Sesame Dipping Sauce: 2 tbsp. rice wine vinegar, 1 tbsp. sesame oil, 1 thinly sliced piece of ginger, 1 tsp. sesame seeds, 1/2 tsp. brown sugar

For the Chilli Mayo: 1 tbsp. rice wine vinegar, 1tbsp. mayo, 1 red chilli thinly sliced with seeds if you like the heat.

Method:

  1. First remove the woody ends from your asparagus
  2. Then add to boiling water and boil vigorously for 2 mins
  3. Drain and plunge into cold water and set aside while you make your dips and batter
  4. To make the Chilli Mayo, add the sliced chilli to the rice wine vinegar and set aside until ready to serve
  5. For the Sesame Dipping sauce, mix all of the ingredients together and set aside until ready to use
  6. Mix all of the ingredients together for the pancake except the asparagus so that it’s combined well but no need to over mix
  7. Heat 1 tbsp. of oil in a pan now add half of your pancake batter and pop 10 of the asparagus spears on top of the mixture so that they melt down into the mixture
  8. Cook for 3 – 4 minutes on one side until you start to see air pockets form on the top
  9. Now turn your pancake over (you can flip if you are brave, or use a spatula like me!), add some more oil if you notice that the pan is dry and continue to cook on the other side for 3 – 4 minutes, longer if necessary, you want it to be crispy but not burnt
  10. Repeat the same for the second pancake with the remaining mixture and asparagus
  11. Once both of your pancakes are ready, add the finishing touch to your Chilli Mayo by adding 1 tbsp. of mayo and mixing well
  12. Enjoy!

 

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

http://www.savethechildren.org.uk

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.

Thanks 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 Portugal – Chorizo Loaf

Makes one loaf – great for picnics!

Prep: 15mins
Cook: 30 – 40mins

Ingredients: 250g plain flour, 150g chorizo (thinly sliced or cut into cubes), 4 large eggs, 150ml olive oil, 100ml semi skimmed milk, 50g plain yogurt, 50g hard cheese like parmesan, 1 tsp. baking powder, 1 tsp. dried thyme

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 160F
  2. Beat your eggs until pale then add all of the rest of the wet ingredients and mix well
  3. In a separate bowl mix together the remainder of dry your ingredients except the chorizo
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture slowly mixing well
  5. When all combined add the chorizo and combine with the batter
  6. Grease a loaf tin and pour in your batter
  7. Cook for 30 – 35 mins checking if it’s cooked by using a knife straight down the middle of the loaf and if it comes out clean your loaf is done, if not give it another 5 – 10mins
  8. Allow to cool
  9. Enjoy!

To find out about the amazing work Save The Children are currently doing to support children across the globe, please visit the link:

https://www.savethechildren.org.uk

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

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Inspired by the USA – Key Lime Pots

Love the taste of Key Lime Pie but don’t like the calories? Then try these, super easy to make Key Lime Pots!

Serves: 4

Prep: 10mins

Cook: 1 hour chill time

Ingredients: 375g ready made custard, or vanilla flavoured yogurt, 230g thick Greek yogurt, 75g digestive biscuits, juice and zest of 1 lime.

Method

  1. Crush or blitz the digestives in a food processor and divide equally between 4 glasses or small bowls
  2. Top with the custard
  3. Add the juice of the lime to the Greek yogurt, mix well and add this on top of the custard
  4. Sprinkle the zest of the lime on top of the desserts and keep in the fridge for at least one hour before serving
  5. Enjoy!

To find out about the amazing work Save The Children in the USA are currently doing to support children across the globe, please visit the link:

https://www.savethechildren.org

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 Myanmar: Pork and Mango, Coconut Noodles

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!

This recipe will also work well with any other left over meat you have from your Sunday Roast.

Serves: 2

Prep: 10mins
Cook: 30mins

Ingredients: Left over roast pork (as much as you have/like), 1/2 red onion, 1/2 fresh mango, handful of peanuts, small bunch of coriander, 1 tsp of olive oil, 1 red chilli, 1 clove of garlic, 1 thumb sized piece of ginger, 1/2 tsp. cumin seeds, 1 tsp of turmeric, 1 can of coconut milk, good splash of fish sauce, 1 lime (to make juice from 1/2 of it), 1/2 tsp. brown sugar, straight to wok noodles (2 person portion), 100ml of chicken stock.

Method:

  1. Thinly slice the garlic, chilli and ginger, heat the oil in a wok and add these ingredients along with the cumin and turmeric until all the oil is absorbed
  2. Add the coconut milk, fish sauce, lime juice, and brown sauce
  3. Simmer for 15mins
  4. Now add the left over pork, onion and mango (keep some mango back to use as a garnish at the end)
  5. Add your noodles and 100ml of chicken stock and summer for another 10-15mins until the noodles are soft and the pork is warmed through
  6. Plate up and garnish with the peanuts, coriander, the rest of the mango and lime wedges
  7. Enjoy!

‘Ten children in Myanmar die every hour. They die of illnesses that, in the 21st century, should never be fatal. We could be stopping many of these deaths — we have a plan to do it’.

To find out more about what Save The Children are planning to help children in Myanmar please visit:

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

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

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