Inspired by Madagascar – Vanilla, Banana and Tumeric Muffins with Sea Salt and Vanilla Glaze

Serves: Makes 10 muffins

Prep: 15mins

Cook: 20-25 mins

Ingredients: 200g self raising flour, 2 ripe bananas (mashed), 125ml of milk, 125g caster sugar, 1 egg, 60ml of olive oil, 1 tsp. vanilla essence, 1/2 tsp. turmeric powder, 1/2 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp. baking powder

For the glaze: 3 heaped tsp. of icing sugar, 1 tsp. of vanilla essence, small amount of sea salt.

Method: 

  1. Preheat your oven to 180F
  2. Mix all of your wet ingredients together for the muffin mix until light and blended well
  3. Now start folding in the flour and other dry ingredients
  4. When all combined add the mashed banana and mix well
  5. Divide equally between 10 greased muffin trays and pop into the oven for 20 – 25 minutes until nice and golden
  6. Allow to cool before adding your glaze
  7. For the vanilla glaze, mix 3 heaped tsp. of icing sugar with 1 tsp of vanilla essence and 1 tsp of water
  8. Brush the glaze over the top of the muffins and sprinkle with a little sea salt
  9. Enjoy!

Even though 80% of all vanilla comes from Madagascar, 3 out of 4 people live in poverty, with children suffering from stunted growth and many out of school, with Madagascar ranking fifth in the world for the number of out-of-school children.  Save The Children have been working to provide a better future for these children and future generations by collaborating with vanilla suppliers to improve the livelihoods of farming communities…to find out more please visit:

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

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.

Thanks x

Inspired by Ethiopia – Berber Style Peas and Broad Beans on Toast with Feta

Trying to save the pennies with December looming? Want something healthy and satisfying that won’t break the bank then try this, Inspired by Ethiopia – Berber Style Peas and Broad Beans on Toast with Feta*, made with store cupboard ingredients and bags from the freezer.

*Can omit or replace the feta with vegan cheese.

Serves: 2 – 4

Prep: 5mins
Cook: 15 -25mins

Ingredients: 4 slices of bread of your choice for serving (but would recommend something like sour dough), 2 cups of frozen broad beans, 2 cups of frozen peas, 100g feta cheese, 2 tbsp. of olive oil, 1-2 birds eye/piri piri chillies (depending on how hot you like it), 2 cloves of garlic, 1 tsp. mustard seeds, 1 tsp. dried ginger, 1/2 tsp. dried cumin, 1/2 tsp. coriander seeds, 1 tsp. dried paprika, good mil of salt and pepper, some fresh basil to serve.

Method:

  1. In a pestle and mortar blend and breakdown your spices with the garlic and add to a lidded pan with 1 tbsp. of olive oil
  2. Cook on a medium heat for around 5 mins until you hear the spices start to pop
  3. Add your broad beans and peas with an extra tbsp. of olive oil and give a good stir so that the beans and peas are coated in the spices
  4. Turn down to a low heat, pop the lid on and cook for 15-20mins until the beans are warmed through, stirring occasionaly
  5. Toast your bread and pop the spiced beans and peas on top, add some crumbled feta and a few fresh basil leaves
  6. Enjoy!

Sadly, Ethiopia is experiencing its worst drought for 50 years, destroying crops and leaving many hungry and in urgent need of food.  Thousands of lives are at risk, Save The Children are on the ground in Ethiopia delivering  urgently needed supplies and medical help, but more help is needed, to find out more please visit:

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

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.

Thanks x

October Recipe Review – From Canada to Hungary

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Hi All,

So it really feels like autumn now, brighter mornings and darker nights, a slight chill in the air and the autumnal colours starting to show.  I love autumn and look forward to embracing the changes at this time of year and I hope my recipes for have reflected this, so let’s look back over Feastforfamines’ October recipes…

First stop and a place very close to my heart was Sri Lanka for the Inspired by Sri Lanka – Prawn and Yellow Lentil Curry with Cheats Pol Sambola, I really loved the earthiness the roasted spice mix added to this curry along with the freshness of the Pol Sambal, you could keep even omit the prawns in this recipe and make it vegan and I think it would still taste just as good.

Next stop was a burst of colour with the Inspired by Hungary – Orange Pepper and Paprika Soup, perfect for warming you up on a cold day, whilst making sure you get a good dose of much needed vitamin C.

Long walks and lazy brunches are some of the things I like to do in autumn, as well as looking out for seasonal produce and pears always make me think of autumn so created this: Inspired by France – Healthier Baked French Toast with Pears, Walnuts and Honey, a healthier alternative on a French classic, you could also use other fruits such as apples, plums etc and add a dollop of creme fraiche for extra deliciousness.

Last stop in October was to Canada for the Inspired by Canada – Maple Syrup and Pecan Candy Apples, a twist on the classic Halloween/Bonfire Night treat!

Remember all recipes are created for you not only to enjoy, but to also raise awareness of the struggles countries around the World 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

Mid Week Mushroom Madness: Vegan Buckwheat Soba Noodle Salad with Enoki Mushrooms Braised in Miso, with Avocado and Seasame Dressing,

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Hi All,

Having recently got back from Japan, as a foodie, I am REALLY missing it, so was very excited when visiting my local supermarket to find some enoki mushrooms and felt inspired.

I have a cupboard at home that I try and keep stocked up with lots of different flavours from around the World so with the help of ingredients I already had, was pleased to be able to come home and rustle something up for lunch today that really hits the spot; Buckwheat Soba Noodles with Enoki Mushrooms Braised in Miso, with Avocado and Seasame Dressing, and here is the recipe – enjoy!

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Serves: 2

Prep: 10mins
Cook: 14mins

Ingredients: 2 person serving of buckwheat soba noodles, 1 avocado, punnet of enoki mushrooms, tsp. of white miso, 2 tsp. of sesame oil, 2 tsp. of brown rice vinegar, 2 tsp. soya sauce, 1 heaped tsp. of Korean red pepper flakes.

Method:

  1. Cooked the noodles as per instructions, then place into cold water, drain and set aside
  2. Pop the mushroom with 1 tsp. of white miso into a pan with a little water and simmer for 10mins
  3. Meanwhile chopped your avocado into chunks and mix into the noodles with the sesame oil, brown rice vinegar and soya sauce
  4. When 10 minutes are up, take your mushrooms off the heat and place into very cold water for a minute to stop cooking process and drain completely
  5. Mix the drained mushrooms into your noodle mix and sprinkle the Korean red chilli flakes over the top
  6. Dig in!

Want more? Check out some of my other noodle recipes here:

Inspired by the Philippines: Sticky Chicken Drumsticks with Vegetable Noodles

Inspired by Myanmar: Pork and Mango, Coconut Noodles

Inspired by Indonesia: Slow Cooked Beef Noodles, with Spinach, Fried Egg and Peanut Sambal

Thanks x

September Recipe Review -From Korea to Kenya

 

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Hi All,

So how was your September? Settled back in to work and school? Or just enjoying the last of the long days before the clocks go back…Whatever you did I hope you enjoyed my tasty recipes and even got to try a few.  Let’s just have a quick recap before moving full swing into Autumn!

First stop in September was a trip to Egypt for the Inspired by Egypt – Courgette and Chickpea Salad with Dukkah, an easy and delicious vegan salad with bags of flavour, I am still sprinkling my ‘Dukkah’ too!

Next up Inspired by Korea – Vegan Asparagus and Ginger Pancakes, another vegan treat and a chance to use some of the amazing combinations I picked up from a Korean cooking course in the summer.  I choose to make a vegan option but for this recipe, but please do try with other ingredients such as prawns and shredded chicken.

Still clinging onto the idea of summer, I decided to cool things down with Inspired by Guatemala – Coffee, Banana and Chocolate Condensed Milk Ice Cream, super easy and as well as an after dinner treat can be added to different milk of your choice to make a really yummy iced coffee.

Starting to feel to strain of cooking several meals a day, I next wanted to make something that I could use as tasty lunch leftovers, with the added benefit of being filling and healthy, so I created the Inspired by Jordan – Oven Baked Fragrant Rice with Crispy Chickpeas and a Parsley Lemon and Cucumber Sauce.

Lastly in September, I wanted to get back into baking using old ideas combined with new flavours, I think I hit the spot with the Inspired by Kenya – Ginger Drizzle Sponge Cake,so much so I have been asked to make it again for a friend.  Really great with a cuppa, coffee or to be honest just on its own!

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 Sri Lanka – Prawn and Yellow Lentil Curry with Cheats Pol Sambola

Luckily the oven roasted spice mix makes enough for two curries, as you will want to make this again and again! Filling, earthy flavours with the added zing of the ‘Cheats Pol Sambola’ to really tickle your tastebuds.

Serves: 2, or 4 if you add rice

Prep: 30 mins
Cook: 30 – 40mins

Ingredients: For the Sri Lankan Spice Mix, 1 tsp. black peppercorns, 1 tsp. cumin seeds, 2 tsp. mustard seeds, 2 tsp. fennel seeds, 2 tsp. coriander seeds

For the lentils: 1 cup of red or yellow lentils, 3 cups of cold water, 2 cloves, 1 cinnamon stick

For the curry: 1 can of full fat coconut milk, 12 – 16 King Prawns (depending on size and how many you want!), 2 garlic cloves, 1 thumb sized piece of ginger peeled, 1 red chilli, 1 tsp of coconut oil, (can use vegetable oil), 1 tsp. tumeric

For the ‘Cheats Pol Sambola’: 1/2 small red onion finely sliced, 1.1/2 tbsps. of natural desiccated coconut, 1/2 tsp. of dried chilli flakes (more of less depending on how much heat you like), juice of 1/2 a lime, 1 tsp. fish sauce.

Method:

  1. First pre-heat your oven to 200F, place all of the spice mix spices in a roasting tin and roast for 8-10 minutes until starting to brown
  2. Rinse your lentils and add to a pan with 3 cups of cold water, the cloves and cinnamon stick
  3. Bring to the boil and then simmer for 10-15mins until softened, drain and remove the cloves and cinnamon stick and put to one side until ready to use
  4. Now make your ‘Pol Sambola’, by mixing all ingredients together and then placing in the fridge until ready to use
  5. Once your spices have cooled a bit give them a good bash in a pestle and mortar or a quick blitz in a food processor
  6. Heat the coconut oil in a large pan and add the garlic, chilli, turmeric and ginger, fry for a few minutes then add half of your spice mix, save the rest in an air tight container for another time!
  7. Fry for a further 2 – minutes before adding the cooked lentils and coating well in the mixture
  8. Add the coconut milk and simmer for 10mins
  9. Add your prawns and cook for a few minutes longer to heat through
  10. Serve with ‘Pol Samba’ and enjoy!
Three decades of civil war and the tsunami in 2004, have left the children of Sri Lanka extremely vulnerable with many of them still suffering from both emotional and physically scars. The tsunami killed tens of thousands of people and flattened towns and villages. Save The Children have since rebuilt 21 schools, safe places for children to play and provided emergency aid and education to 130,000 children. They are also working with local organisations and government to reunite children with their families and develop Early Children Care and Development programmes to give children a better future. To find out more please visit:

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.

Thanks x

Inspired by Kenya – Ginger Drizzle Sponge Cake

Ginger is used widely in Kenyan beverages from Kenyan Ginger Tea to Ginger Beer, often drunk with a sweet donut called ‘Mandazi’, so I wanted to create something that combines the love of ginger with a sweet treat – I hope this hits the spot!

Makes: 12 Squares

Prep: 15mins

Cook: 40 – 45 mins

Ingredients: For the Ginger Syrup, 50g of fresh ginger, 1 tbsp. brown sugar, 300ml of cold water, 85g icing sugar

For the Ginger Sponge: 115g butter, 115g caster sugar, 115g self raising flour, 2 eggs, 1/2 tsp. baking powder, 1 tsp. dried ginger, a little fresh ginger (optional).

Method:

  1. Make the ginger syrup first by adding 50g of roughly chopped fresh ginger to a pan with one tbsp. of brown sugar and 300ml of water
  2. Bring to the boil and leave on a simmer for 20mins until the liquid has reduced by half, stirring occasionally so that all the sugar dissolves
  3. Take the liquid of the heat and allow to cool, once cooled, place through a sieve to remove all of the ginger and leave to one side while you prepare the sponge
  4. Pre-heat your oven to 160F
  5. First mix together the butter and sugar until all combined and fluffy, now add your eggs and mix well
  6. Add your dry ingredients, flour, baking powder and ginger powder, folding until all combined into a thick batter
  7. Line a baking tin (I used an 18cm x 24cm rectangular tray, but you can use a round one)
  8. Pour your mixture into the tray, spreading evenly and pop in the oven for 20 -25 mins until golden brown
  9. Meanwhile add 85g of icing sugar to the ginger syrup and mix well so there isn’t any lumps
  10. While your sponge is still cooling prick the surface with a fork many times and pour over your ginger syrup, making sure to cover the whole surface of the cake
  11. Leave to cool and infuse completely then cut into 12 squares
  12. Serve with an extra sprinkle of sugar and grated fresh ginger if you wish
  13. Enjoy!

Although Kenya is one of the most developed countries in Africa, they still face many challenges. Save The Children are working in Kenya to support those who find themselves in the refugee camp Dadaab, from Somalia, and are working with nomadic communities to ensure they are better equipped for future disasters such as the severe droughts that Kenya is prone too. They are also working tirelessly to decrease the number of child, newborn and maternal deaths. To find out more, please visit:

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

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.

Thanks x