March Recipe Review: From Syria to Brazil…

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Hi All!

So has Spring finally sprung?

As the nights started to hint at being a bit longer and the days a bit brighter, I decided to share with you some lighter, more colourful recipes.

I often cook a roast chicken at home as it’s not only delicious on first sitting, but great for left overs too, however I do get a bit bored sometimes,  so decided to spice things up a bit with our first stop to the Lebanon, for the Inspired by the Lebanon – Whole Roast Lebanese Chicken with A Cauliflower, Bulgar Wheat Tabbouleh

Next stop, still wanting to add a bit more zing to my dinner table, we made a visit to Brazil, known for its love of ‘Piri Piri’, for the Inspired by Brazil Piri Piri Style Turkey Breast, Black Beans, Orange and Tomato Rice, Smashed Avocado and a Simple Salsa

From Brazil we went to Syria, a lot, first off Inspired by Syria – Garlicky Roasted Courgette and Carrot, Honey, Cumin and Pine Nut Dips, which I dipped into many times!! Then something to brighten up the breakfast table Syrian Inspired Fruit Salad and finally  Syrian Inspired Aubergine Dip with Honey and Pistachios to complete the trio of Mezes!

March, marked the eighth year of the war in Syria, millions are now living as refugees, resorting to eating leaves and animal feed 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:

http://www.savethechildren.org.uk/where-we-work/middle-east/syria

And if you would like to make a donation via my just giving page please click Just Giving for more information.

Last stop and thinking of those longer nights to come, we went to Greece and the humble jacket potato for the Inspired by Greece – Oregano and Garlic Roasted Tomatoes with Lemon, Feta and Olive Topped Jacket Potatoes

So where will April take us? Come back next week 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 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