April Recipe Review: From Afghanistan to Peru!

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Hi All!

April was a long month which meant even more recipes!

It had a lot of variation, taking us across the globe and it was of course Easter time in many parts of the World and I hope you all enjoyed  Easter Time With Feastforfamine Friends

So first up in April was a trip to South America with the Peruvian Inspired dish Inspired by Peru – Chicken, Black Rice, Green Sauce and Avocado Salad, I like this as a complete dish but would also gladly eat any of its accompaniments at anytime with anything, especially The Green Sauce.

Next up in April was India with the Indian Inspired – Chickpea Dahl with Eggs and Homemade Raita, a really cheap dish with loads of flavour!

A little extra this month was an easy baking dish, a perfect excuse to make some cute cookies, the Easter Bunnies with Hazelnut Noses…

I love to cook lamb at this time of year and with slow cooking you can add loads more flavours, which I hope I managed here with my Afghan twist on the lovely roast Inspired by Afghanistan: Spiced Slow Cooked Lamb, Carrot, Almond, Tumeric and Sultana Rice with Carrot Yogurt, makes great leftovers too.

Where your cupboards bare after the long weekend and time spent with friends and family instead of grocery shopping? Well I had the perfect solution, Inspired by Spain – Smokey Bean Stew with Paprika Mayo, a simple store cupboard based dish which although is low on cost and effort is high on taste!

Finally after all that lamb, for our final destination in April, we went back to South America for a delicate tasting fish dish, Inspired by Columbia – Tuna Steak Stew with Lime and Oregano a one pan dish that really hits the spot!

I hope you enjoyed our travels in April and come back on Monday to find out where we are going in May.

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.

See you soon!

Thanks

Rosalyn x

Inspired by Afghanistan: Spiced Slow Cooked Lamb, Carrot, Almond, Tumeric and Sultana Rice with Carrot Yogurt

Afgan Lamb

Try something different with lamb this Spring…you won’t regret it!

Serves: 6

Prep: 30-40mins
Cook: 3 hours plus marinading time

Ingredients: For the Lamb; 2kg leg of lamb, 1 tsp of turmeric, 1 tsp cumin seeds, 1 tsp, salt, 2 garlic cloves, 1 tsp cinnamon,  1 carrot, 125g natural or greek yogurt, 200ml water

For the Carrot Yogurt Sauce: 250g greek or natural yogurt

For the Rice: Rice 1 large cup of dried basmati rice, 1 tsp. turmeric, 1 cinnamon stick, 2 carrots, 2 tbsps. sultanas, 1 – 2 tbsp. toasted almonds, 1 tbsp. olive oil, pinch of salt

Method

  1. Make your marinade for the lamb, place the peeled garlic cloves in a pestle and mortar and add the turmeric, cumin seeds, cinnamon and salt and mix to a paste
  2. Add the paste to the yogurt, mix well and cover the lamb in the mixture and set aside in the fridge for at least 2 hours or overnight
  3. Preheat  your oven to 150F
  4. Peel and slice the carrot and place under the lamb leg
  5. Add 200ml of water, cover with foil and cook in the oven for 3 hours
  6. For the last 15min of cooking time take the foil off and then place back in the oven
  7. Roughly 30mins before you want to serve the lamb make the rice
  8. Cook 1 large cup of rice to two parts water, add to this 1 tsp. of turmeric and 1 cinnamon stick,  (you can follow packet instructions or what I normally do is bring the rice to the boil and then simmer lid on for 10mins until all the water is absorbed)
  9. Once cooked, leave the rice to cool slightly while you peel and grate two carrots, and toast the almonds
  10. Add  1 tbsp. of olive oil to a pan and lightly cook the carrots and sultanas for a few minutes
  11. Add to this the rice and a good pinch of salt and half of your toasted almonds, warm through and set aside until ready to serve
  12. Once your lamb is cooked, take the sliced carrot from the bottom of the baking tray and add to a saucepan on a medium heat with 250g of yogurt and 4 tbsps. of juices from the lamb
  13. Bring to the boil then turn the heat off and blitz all in a food processor
  14. Plate up your lamb, by placing the rice underneath, lamb on top, with some more of the lamb juices if you wish and scatter over those almonds!
  15. Serve the spiced carrot yogurt on the side
  16. Enjoy on first sitting and on second sitting using up all those delicious spicy lamb leftovers!

In Afghanistan, Save The Children are working to support the rights of Children, especially girls, who have previously gone without basic education. Young girls are also at risk of exploitation, marriage at a young age and abuse.  Boys are also often recruited to armed groups to support their families. In spite of the dangers, Save The Children are there on the ground working to improve health and education, working with communities and religious leaders to effect change.  To find out more take a look at the following link:

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

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Thanks x