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Salmon, sesame, green bean stir fry

1 Feb

20131005-213906.jpgContinuing with my healthy eating theme, I have been back on the stir fries over the weekend. So quick, so easy, so delicious. I have loved this article on buzzfeed for some inspiration, a great selection of blogs that I probably would never have found otherwise, and a lot of them are easily FODMAPable.

Let’s be honest, stir fries are great. A great way to eat a load of fresh veg, and they take about 20 mins from getting in the door to sitting down to eat.

I made the Asian Salmon and Green Bean Stir fry over the weekend, and also another prawny stir fry – they are the best thing for healthy, new year eating, especially if you’re also going to the gym and want something quick and easy when you get home.

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The key is not to buy the ready made stir fry veg – on the FODMAP diet there are things in there that aren’t going to be any good for you, and my opinion, there’s waaay too many beansprouts and not enough of the good stuff – peppers, baby corn, courgette etc.

All stir fries are fundamentally the same – meat or tofu and loads of FODMAP friendly veg (peppers, courgettes, green beans, corn, etc), It’s the sauce that adds a bit of interest. So here for you are some suggested, easy stir fry sauces that you can use with your favourite veg, meat or fish.

GF Soy and Wasabi

  • 2tbsp x GF Soy sauce
  • 1-2tsp x wasabi (or to taste)

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GF Soy and dried chilli

  • 2tbsp x GF soy sauce
  • 1tsp x dried chilli flakes

Ginger, lime and chilli

  • 1 cm fresh ginger, grated
  • juice of half a lime
  • fresh or dried chilli flakes, to taste

GF soy, sesame, maple and spice

This was a recent trial based on the delicious Maple, Peanut, Sesame Chicken recipe and it works really well as a stir fry sauce

  • 1tbsp x maple syrup
  • 1tbsp x sesame oil
  • 2tbsp x GF soy
  • 1tbsp x sesame seeds
  • fresh chilli (to taste)

 

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Lovely Lemon Mousse

31 Jan

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This is a personal fave of mine, I make it all the time, quick, easy, refreshing and delicious. I make it all the time, but I can never find the recipe (I’ve just had to call my mum for the hundredth time to ask for it). I have now written it down, but I thought I would pop it here as well as much for me, the next time I want to make it, as for you!

I don’t think mousses should be made with gelatine (I am not a fan of jelly… never have been) and you shouldn’t need it and most importantly it means that veggies are missing out on this deliciousness.

I made this for our first supper club so this is well overdue!

This is embarrassingly easy (which is why I make it so often!):

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Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 lemon
  • 284ml double cream (you could use soya cream if you are dairy free too)
  • 6oz caster sugar
  • 2 egg whites

Method

  • Add the cream, lemon zest and sugar to a large bowl
  • Whisk until thick
  • Add the juice of the lemon and whisk until the mixture thickens further
  • Whisk the egg whites until soft peaks
  • Fold the egg whites into the mixture careful not to knock all of the air
  • pop into glasses or ramikins, chill and serve

 

 

 

My first #MeatFreeMonday (it’s not FODMAP, I confess – it is GF though!)

7 Jan

IMG_4415-1Ok, Ok, I start with a confession, my first blog of 2015 is not actually FODMAP, I know, on a FODMAP blog – what am I doing?! Well, I’ve always thought, what with the restrictions on fruit and veg, how easy is the FODMAP diet for a vegetarian, or even more so a vegan? For me, a meat eater, I know that if I go out for dinner I am inevitably going to be able to find a meal which consists of meat. rice or potatoes but most veggie options seem to be pizza or pasta, or a bean burger or something of that vein which is not good for a FODMAPper. And I am still confused quorn? is that ok? I dont think so… And tofu is a beast I have never attempted (but I will, promise!).

So I should be being more helpful really and actually try to find something – I know. But in my defence, this recipe sounded delicious, Red Thai Curry lentils. I love all thai food, and lentils are another thing I have never attempted, but I got some in a GF hamper from my lovely dad and step mum, so I thought hell, I’ve never cooked them and rarely eaten them, so I decided to give them a go, and better still I have been eating small portions of this for the last couple of days and my tummy has been fine (had it not, I probably would have sworn off lentils forever and definitely wouldn’t be sharing this with you! And, of course, these are as delicious as I thought they would be!

As always I used the recipe as inspiration and made a few little tweaks.

I used this red curry paste:

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It’s super tasty, gluten free and not too oniony/garlicy.

Makes about 5 portions

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup lentils (I used red split)
  • bunch spring onions (green part only)
  • splash of oil
  • 3 tblsp red curry paste
  • 1/2 tbsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp tumeric
  • 1 tsp minced ginger
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tin tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • coriander to garnish (this actually really adds to the flavour)

Method

  1. Cook lentils according to instructions (approx 10mins boiling) once cooked, drain and put to one side
  2. Heat up oil, add spring onions and fry on a medium heat for a couple of mins.
  3. Add the red curry paste and fry for 2 mins, stirring
  4. Add the garam masala, tumeric, ginger and sugar, give it a stir
  5. Add the coconut milk and tinned tomatoes and stir for a further couple of minutes,
  6. Add the lentils back in, give it a stir, and leave to simmer for 20-30mins, stirring occasionally.
  7. Et Voila, delicious filling lentil curry. sprinkle with a little coriander and you are good to go!

(and anyone doing WW a portion of this is approx. 8 propoints & it’s very filling)

Aside

Happy new year!

6 Jan

Happy new year everyone here’s to a fantastic 2015!

We’re back and revitalised having spent relaxing Xmas and new year’s with our parents and catching up with friends and family.

Looking back over the last 12 months we branched out into supper clubs, which although hard work, were great fun and a new experience for us.

So looking forward, more supper clubs, more blogging and we’re attempting meat-free Monday, which is a challenge on the FODMAP diet… I confess my first dish, which I’ll share the recipe for, wasn’t FODMAP, but was GF, and delicious, onwards and upwards!

FODalicious Fireworks Feast – the menu

17 Nov

Menu Supper club Nov 2014

 

I think we are just about recovered from our second supper club! It’s quite amazing the range of emotions you go through on the lead up to a supper club:

Excitement – we’ve booked our next supper club! Let’s go…

Confusion – what shall we cook, how much will people pay?

Anxiety – Why am I making tiramisu? I’ve never done this before

Confidence – We can do this… how hard can it be?

Utter despair – what are we doing? We’ll never get this ready in time

Madness – running around like a headless chicken on the day/days leading up to the supper club

Elation – we did it! That went well, wow, it’s amazing how quickly time flies! Let’s do another one! YEA!

and repeat!

Our last supper club, was an all round success, thanks to our super organisation skills and hundreds of lists, and not forgetting our lovely waitresses who came and helped us out on the day! Our menu is below, we’ll be adding the recipes as and when we have a chance!

To tantalise your tastebuds

Vodka sorbet
Canapés

Sweet potato and feta frittata bites (v, gf, wf)
Arancini bites (v, gf, wf)
Mini caprese kebabs (v, gf, wf)
Served with pesto, home-grown tomato chutney and chilli jam

Starter
A cup of soup served with flat bread (vo, gf,wf)

Mains
JM’s luscious beef lasagne (gf, wf)
JM’s luscious veg lasagne (v, gf, wf)
Served with SF’s famous tomato and olive foccacia (v,gf,wf)
Green bean and roast vegetable salad (v,gf,wf)

To finish
Tiramisu (gf, wf)
Espresso martini
Biscotti (gf,wf)

And in case you are wondering… yes we have decided to do it again… you’ll just have to wait for the update on that one, we’re trying to source some very special FODMAP ingredients as I type!

Blue Cheese Quinoa Bites

21 Sep

 

IMG_3370.JPGPlease tell me that I am not the only person who has a real issue with the word quinoa?? No matter how many times I tell myself it is pronounced keenwa, as soon as I try and say it out loud, out comes qwinoa. Anyway…

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eat quinoa

These blue cheese quinoa bites went down really well at the supper club, even when people claimed to be stuffed, I watched them pop another couple of leftover quinoa bites into their mouths!

I found the recipe for Blue Cheese Quinoa Patties through @cookingquinoa and decided to low-FODMAP them and give them a go – my second attempt was better than the second, and I am looking forward to giving them another go!

This made about 15 “bites” – you could make smaller quantities or bigger patties if you prefer

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Ingredients

To make the quinoa

  • 1 cup quinoa (about 200g)
  • 500ml of veg or chicken stock
  • 2 spring onions (green part only) chopped
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp chili flakes
  • bunch fresh parsley
  • oil for cooking

For the patties

  • 5 x eggs
  • 4oz (115g) blue cheese
  • 3 x spring onions (green part only) chopped
  • 1/2 tsp chili flakes
  • 3 tbsp gluten free flour
  • handful of gluten free breadcrumbs (approx. 4 slices of bread)

Method

  1. add some oil to a saucepan and put on a medium heat
  2. add the chopped spring onions, and cook for a couple of minutes
  3. add the quinoa, sat, chilli flakes and stock and cook following the instructions on the quinoa packet – it’s worth checking the amount of liquid recommended here too (boil for approx 18 mins, until the stock is all absorbed and the quinoa “tails” come away from the grain)
  4. Once quinoa is cooked, remove from the heat, stir in the chopped parsley and leave to cool for 10 mins.
  5. once slightly cooled, add the eggs, cheese, spring onions, chilli flakes, flour and breadcrumbs (I toasted bread and then whizzed it in a blender, seems to be the easiest way of making breadcrumbs in my book!)
  6. Give it all a good stir – the blue cheese may melt depending on how warm the quinoa is – either melted or in chunks works well in these so don’t worry either way!
  7. I left mine to rest over night for the supper club, but you can cook it straight away if you wish. Either way, both times I have made this it has been pretty liquid and I was a bit worried, but it worked fine, so don’t worry!
  8. Heat some oil in a frying pan then add a dessert spoon of the mix per bite to the pan, cook until browned (about 4 mins) and flip. I served mine with some mild green chilli jam and some extremely spicy red chilli jam with a side of rocket.
  9. Enjoy!

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Ps – have you noticed we’ve got some nice new photos? These were taken by our lovely housemate Jules @fotoburd at our supperclub (except the rubbish one of the frying pan – that was taken on my iphone!)

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We’ve been pretty quiet here haven’t we?

21 Sep

I am amazed that people have been looking at our site, even though it has been a long, long, long time since we have posted anything, so thank you to all of you that have stumbled across us and apologies for being so quiet!

The reason for the Fod-a-licious silence? Well a multitude of things really, I haven’t been feeling too well, so have been pretty uninspired when it comes to cooking – everything I ate seemed to leave me in pain, no matter how good I was, but hopefully a visit to the gastro in a couple of weeks should help, work has been mad, JM has a new fabby job and I have changed jobs slightly and on top of all that, we decided the next step in our FODMAP adventure was to run a supper club, which we did for the first time last week – it involved a LOT of prep, but we really enjoyed it, so are planning the next one!

Before that happens though, we are going to update you all with some of the things we have made for the supper club and we’ll be back on the invention tests for new things to make!

So thanks again for sticking with us, and we promise to update you more regularly!

 

JM & SF x