Inspired by New Zealand – Orange, Honey and Macadamia Nut Pavlova

Did you know that Pavlova is believed to have originated in New Zealand in the 1920s? After the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova, it was thought to be created in her honour after touring throughout Australia and New Zealand during the same time period.

I love pavlova, it’s such an easy but impressive dessert to make, adding any combination of toppings you like, the toppings used here are all inspired by indigenous ingredients found in New Zealand, I hope you enjoy and would love to have your feedback on your favourite pavlova toppings too!

Serves: 6

Prep: 30mins

Cook: 1 hour plus cooling time.

Ingredients: 4 eggs, 250g caster sugar, 2 oranges, 1 tbsp. runny honey, 300ml creme fraiche, 30g Macadamia nuts

Method:

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 100f
  2. Mix four egg whites until they form stiff peaks, now slowly add in your sugar mixing until all combined and has a glossy appearance
  3. Spoon your mixture over greaseproof paper making a rough circular shape, do not overwork or spread as you don’t want to lose any of the air from the mixture
  4. Cook in the oven for one hour, after one hour turn the heat off and leave in the oven until completely cooled, this should take a few hours
  5. Prepare your topping by bashing the nuts a little in a pestle and mortar and then lightly toasting in a pan
  6. Peel and cut the oranges thinly, width ways
  7. Once your pavlova is completely cooled and you are ready to serve, spread the creme fraiche all over the top, add your oranges, drizzle over the honey and scatter over the nuts
  8. Dig in!

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

https://www.savethechildren.org.nz

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June Recipe Review – From Iraq to the Ivory Coast

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Hi All!

So how was the month June? Any heatwaves where you are? Or just June Gloom? Well I hope whatever the weather you ate well!

June marked the half way mark for the 52 recipes from around the World for the World, in order to raise awareness of different countries, their amazing use of basic ingredients and some memories thrown in too!

First stop as things really started to heat up, was something to cool you down the light and refreshing Inspired by Iraq – Cucumber, Dill and Yogurt Soup.

Next, a visit to Nepal to really wake up your taste buds with the Inspired by Nepal – Fried Tumeric Fish with Fresh Mint Sauce, the Fresh Mint Sauce will add some zing to any meat or fish of your choosing, but in keeping with Nepalese cooking I choose to create this dish using a lovely piece of fresh fish, coated in a little flour and turmeric and then fried for extra flavour!

Then off to South Africa with a recipe shared with me by my friend Liz, Inspired by South Africa – Mild Beef Curry with Banana, a great easy cheap dish with subtle flavours and lovely memories too.

To mark the half way point I thought a special treat was in order, so I decided to visit the Ivory Coast for inspiration and put together these Inspired by The Ivory Coast – Coconut and Salty Peanut Truffles, because who doesn’t like truffles right?

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 The Ivory Coast – Coconut and Salty Peanut Truffles

Did you know that the Ivory Coast is the biggest producer of the cocoa bean in the World? Well let’s celebrate that fact with these delicious, gooey truffles! A really tasty treat for the end of special meal or dinner party with friends.

Makes: 12 – 16

Prep: 20mins
Cook: 15mins plus chilling time 3 – 4 hours or overnight.

Ingredients: 1 can of condensed milk (293ml), 50g of coco powder, 20g crushed salted peanuts, 20g desiccated coconut

Method:

  1. Mix the coco powder and condensed milk together in a pan
  2. Once well mixed start to heat the mixture on a medium heat, stirring continuously for 15 mins until it starts to thicken
  3. Pour the mixture into a bowl and chill in the fridge for 3 hours or overnight
  4. Now with wet hands using a teaspoon to scoop out the mixture start making your truffle balls by rolling and shaping in your hands, (do this quickly so the mixture doesn’t start to melt)
  5. Alternate between dipping and rolling in the crushed peanut and coconut
  6. Pop back in the fridge for at least another hour before serving
  7. Enjoy!

Since 1996 Save The Children have had a presence in the Ivory Coast, as security stabilised after the end of conflict in 2011, Save The Children have been focussing their efforts on child protection systems, education and nutrition and medical care for babies and children under the age of five, providing training for health care workers so that they are better equipped and more knowledgeable with the advice they give to young mothers.

https://www.savethechildren.org.uk/where-we-work/africa/ivory-coast

As mentioned the Ivory Coast is one of the largest producers of cocoa beans globally. If you’d like to sample a truly amazing treat direct from the Ivory Coast, then check out my friend Pauls’ award winning hot chocolate range, the Kokoa Collection:
http://www.kokoacollection.co.uk/trade/

The white hot chocolate products are selected from the forastero beans, straight from the Ivory Coast and they are delicious!

Inspired by the Philippines: Tapioca and Mango Jelly Pots

This is a fresh tasting desserts and also a great refreshing end to a meal, goes well after the Inspired by the Philippines: Sticky Chicken Drumsticks with Vegetable Noodles

Serves 4 

Prep: 30mins
Cook: 15mins ( plus allowing time for jelly to set)

Ingredients: 600ml of coconut milk, 100g caster sugar, packet or sachet of jelly, (I used mango, but you can use lime or orange), 100g caster sugar, 60g of dried tapioca, 1 fresh ripe or tinned mango (optional), zest of a lime.

Method

  1. First make up your jelly following packet suggestions, can make this the night before, or for as long as the instructions say to wait and pour into ice cube trays to set
  2. When the jelly is ready to use start on your tapioca, rinse first, then add to a pan with 600ml of coconut milk and leave aside for 30mins
  3. After 30mins, add the sugar and bring to the boil, turn the heat down and simmer for 15mins stirring constantly
  4. After 15mins remove from the heat and leave to cool
  5. Once the tapioca has cooled, start assembling your desserts
  6. Take the jelly out of the ice cube trays and put in the bottom of glasses or bowls, saving one piece of jelly to add at the end
  7. Spoon over the tapioca mix and pop some mango on top if using, top with the remaining jelly cubes and a grating of fresh lime.

Save The Children have been working in the Philippines since 1981, but more recently have been helping to rebuild communities after the devastating Typhoon Haiyan in 2013. Sadly just two years later the Philippines were struck again, in 2015 by Koppu, displacing 700,000 people. Save The Children are now working hard to help these families rebuild their lives and prepare for future emergencies. If you would like to find out more please visit:

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

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Thanks x