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FOD-a-licious supper club-the menu

21 Sep
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We finally did it – we did our first supper club, last Sunday 14 September,  based in an iconic venue in East London with fantastic views across the city.

Our menu is here – we didn’t quite get everything out in the right order… but we did get everything out! We’ll be posting a note about how it went very shortly, as well as the recipes we used, and following several requests, the blue cheese quinoa bites will be up soon!

We really enjoyed it, and today have set the date for our next one – details for that will also follow shortly!

Menu

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FOD-a-licious menu – September

FOD-a-licious  

Welcome to our fabulous  FODMAP* friendly Sunday brunch

Menu

Fizzy and fresh rhubarb flirtini

Sundried tomato and olive focaccia with fresh basil pesto

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Dishes to share

Warm puttenesca coodle salad

Tattie fritters with fresh sweetcorn , coriander and a spicy tomato salsa

Sweet potato and feta frittata

Mediterranean sausage and seafood paella

Blue cheese quinoa bites with a home-grown chilli jam

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A trio of lemon loveliness

Lemon mooose

Lemon cake

Home brewed Limoncello

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Scottish Independence tablet

Where possible all of our dishes are made with either homegrown ingredients or produce from lovely little middle class farmer’s markets around leafy Peckham. The flowers are from our garden and we’ve even recycled the wee flower jars and the bottles and painted them ourselves! Aren’t we just fabulous?

*There is information around the flat about the FODMAP friendly diet. Feel free to ask us any questions but don’t worry we won’t be boring you to death anytime soon we just want you to enjoy the food and have a great time.

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Chocolate Orange Flapjacks

19 Feb

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Very sorry for the radio silence coming from the Fodalicious camp over the last couple of months, first came trying to find a new house, then Christmas, then moving and all the jazz that comes along with all of that. Well now that we are just about unpacked in Brockley, I had found some time to cook again! For the last few months I have not been so FODMAP-friendly, and have survived on a diet of Amy’s rice Mac & Cheese, chicken soup, pestopasta and take away. Not ideal! But here we go, back to the discovery of new, tasty, FODMAP meals!

Yesterday I decided to start with the very easy Chocolate Orange Flapjacks as that was just what I was in the mood for!

Ingredients

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  • 4tbsp golden syrup
  • 100g dairy-free spread/butter/margarine
  • 250g oats
  • 75g sugar
  • 50g gluten-free flour
  • 50g dark chocolate roughly chopped
  • grated zest of one orange

Method

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  1. Pre-heat oven to 190
  2. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.
  3. Add the golden syrup and dairy-free spread/butter to a pan and heat until the butter is melted.
  4. Add the grated orange zest and allow to infuse for a minute or so
  5. Add the remaining ingredients, other than the chocolate, to the pan and stir
  6. Once the ingredients are thoroughly mixed, add the chopped chocolate and stir – I add this at the end so that there are areas of the flapjacks that are very chocolatey and other bits that are not – if you want them to be totally chocolatey add the chocolate at the same time as the orange zest and allow to melt before adding the rest of the ingredients
  7. Put the mixture into the lined baking tray and even out using the back of a spoon
  8. Bake in the oven at 190 for 15-20 mins
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Tom Yum Inspired Thai Chicken Soup

13 Nov

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The Fod-a-licious kitchen was a-buzz with cooking last week (think two Tazmanian devils in a whirlwind of flour!) in aid of a little dinner party we were holding on Friday night – the fruits of our labours will all be blogged shortly, but we made – burgers, BBQ sauce, flat bread, brownies and the Tom Yum inspired soup detailed below! All of which were FODMAP, Gluten and dairy free, well other than a small amount of milk choc in the brownies, but that didn’t need to be there, as I will explain when I get round to blogging that recipe!

Thai food is my absolute favourite, I spent a couple of months there a few years ago, and on my return all I wanted was more Thai food! So this is a tasty and easy, great for winter soup. Which I am sure is not very close to the original (no prawns for example), but I love it! I have looked at lots of recipes and they are all fairly similar, so this is a bit of a mix of everything, super easy and super tasty. I also think it doesn’t necessarily need the chicken, it works well as a light vegetarian option for non-meat eaters.

Ingredients

  • splash of oil
  • 1 x bunch of spring onions, green part only
  • 3 x stalks lemongrass (or you can use the ready-minced stuff, I normally do, but yesterday I discovered a “thai-mix” in the veg section in Asda, so for once had fresh lemongrass)
  • 2cm x galangal or ginger, minced or grated (I normally use the ready-minced ginger, but the mix had fresh galangal in it too)
  • 1 red chilli (or more/less to taste)
  • bunch of coriander
  • 3 x chicken breasts (or 6 thighs, or you could use any leftovers from a roast), for a vegetarian option you could leave this out, or replace with tofu, Prawns and fish would also work well.
  • 1/2 red pepper
  • 1 x courgette
  • green beans
  • baby corn
  • 1 litre chicken stock (I used Knorr Touch of Taste as it has no onion or garlic and gives a nice flavour)
  • splash of gluten free soy sauce

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Method

  • Heat a splash of oil in a pan and add the spring onion
  • “Bruise” the lemongrass stalks with a rolling pin and add to the pan
  • Add the galangal, chopped coriander roots/stalks and half the chili
  • Add the chicken stock and the whole chicken breasts, leave to boil for 40 mins (approx.)
  • Remove chicken breasts from the soup mix
  • Add the chopped veg, I used peppers, courgettes, baby corn, green beans, but as usual with my recipes this was a case of what was in the fridge, you can use your preferred veg, but these do work well.
  • Add the remaining chilli (to taste), coriandar leaves and soy sauce
  • shred the chicken breasts using two forks and add back into the pan
  • Serve!

I served mine with @Wbites gluten-free flatbreads, the cumin was a little overpowering, but I think with a bit of a mix up of the spices, possibly with some ground coriander instead of cumin it might be a bit more complementary.

I also sometimes add rice noodles to fill it out a bit, but this time, with all the veg and chicken it was choc-full of ingredients, so I didn’t feel it needed anything else. If you do use rice noodles, just pop them in at the end to heat through in the warmth of the soup

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Gluten Free Spicy Chilli Flatbread / Pizza Base

7 Nov

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I made some of these last night – I used Paprika instead of Cayenne and Cumin seeds instead of ground cumin and they were delicious, really easy! I also replaced the plain yogurt for soya, so they were dairy-free too!

I just had some for my lunch – if you are having them the next day, pop them in the Toaster for a couple of mins to reheat.

Planning to use them to replace pittas with some dips at a dinner we’re having on Friday night.

They’d also be great as a Naan bread replacement with a curry. I’m looking forward to experimenting with some different flavour combinations.

 

Wuthering Bites

Gluten Free, Scotch Pancakes

Gluten Free Pancake Birthday

‘Twas my Birthday week last week and i found myself mostly making gluten free pancakes (like above), eating way too many sugary things and drinking champagne cocktails at Haus Bar in Bristol, until i couldn’t remember how many i had. It was a fantastic week and my husband Rob put the icing on the cake by taking me to see Cats at the Hippodrome and going to the Lido to have Tapas- also very gluten free aware which is good to know.

Aside feeling absolutely huge after my week of indulgence, i’ve also been left a bit skint through no fault of mine own. I now understand how deadly £8 cocktails can be in every sense. So have been cooking alot of frugal meals as i wait for pay day. I came over this recipe for flatbreads on the good food website and after making it…

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Jerky Pork and veg with sweet potato mash

6 Nov

This post has been waiting in our draft folder for ages, for no other reason than work/life/holidays have gotten in the way!

To introduce to you one of our favourite (and quickest/easiest) ways to flavour food which is FODMAP friendly. This is to use Dunn’s River’s Jamaican Jerk seasoning (ta da!). It gives a really nice flavour and has no onion or garlic..

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We use the seasoning on a variety of meats and fish – it gives a great flavour, a bit sweet, a bit salty and a bit spicy, it’s great for livening up what could otherwise be a rather “dull” meal without making it complicated. I have yet to find something it doesn’t work with!

We regularly use it on grilled salmon or chicken, but for a change, last night I decided to double up on the jerk seasoning for dinner. I wanted something quick and easy, as I was fairly late getting in so I just grilled pork chops covered in the jerk seasoning and also made some jerk vegetables, with peppers, courgettes, spring onions, courgettes and cherry tomatoes, a splash of oil and about 2 tsp of dunns river jerk seasoning, making a sort of jerked-ratatouille.

I served this with some mashed sweet potato which I just mashed with a bit of soya spread, salt and pepper.

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Someone asked me on twitter last week about a suggestion for leftover chicken, and while making my jerked ratatouille I thought it could easily be made into a bigger, more filling meal by adding some shredded meat, or chunks of leftover meat – I’ll have a go at this soon I am sure!

The leftover veg and mashed potato made a great quick and easy lunch for me the following day as well!

Toad in the hole

24 Oct

As you might have noticed from previous posts, we love sausages in our house! So further delight ensued when I popped into M&S the other day and discovered their own brand sausages are gluten free! I also noticed that their “Free From” section is getting better all the time, with the addition of biscuits, cakes, a wide selection of breads (in the “real bread” section), crackers etc. I don’t shop there often, but its good to know.

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I much prefer the “finest” or whatever premium sausages are on offer, but as I was using these in addition to a pack of Debbie and Andrew’s Harrogate Sausages, I thought they would be OK, but they paled into insignificance when compared to Debbie and Andrew’s which were recommended to me via Twitter, and are delicious – definitely a rival to The Black Farmer, in fact I might actually prefer them. Debbie and Andrew’s have added herbs and are very meaty, which in a Toad in the Hole work really well!  The M&S ones were similar to any of the cheaper sausages, a slightly breadier, as opposed to meaty, texture, but the flavour was nice, and as I had bought the low fat version, very little fat came out, which is a plus in my book!

So after my sausage discovery I decided to make a great winter dish, Toad in the Hole. A personal favourite! Believe it or not, there are 9 sausages in the below. I was very impressed by the rise achieved from the  yorkshire pudding, and it was just perfect, crispy on the outside but really soft and squishy in the middle. My first Toad in the Hole had the same texture, which was great, but not the rise, so here I got the best of both worlds! I’m not a fan of gravy, so I had it as is and it was moist enough.

I used 2/3 of my dad’s yorkshire pudding mix (de-glutened of course!) and I decided to experiment a little with it, I initially thought about adding some mustard to the mix, but as I was planning to serve the toad with some mustard sweet potato mash, I thought that might be overkill, so I decided to add a bit of spring onion to the mix. I then panicked that the spring onion might be so heavy and knock the air out and leave me with a flat pudding but thankfully that was not the case!

I popped the sausages in the oven to brown for about 15mins, made up the yorkshire pudding mix and left it to rest, giving it an occasional mix. Once the sausages were browned, I turned them and then gave the mix another whisk poured it over, popped it in the oven for 30 mins and voila!

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Best of all, I have some leftovers for my lunch today!

Tesco finest All Butter Triple Chocolate Cookies…

18 Oct

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Wow… just… wow. These are incredible, gluten and wheat free and taste like “real” cookies. Well done Tesco. I applaud you!

I was on my way home from the gym last night and popped into Tesco to grab some bits for dinner (Jerky pork and veg with sweet potato mash) it was a tiny little Tesco Express by Queens Road Peckham, once I had found everything for dinner it was about 20.00 and I was starving so was scouring the shelves for something to eat on the way home, and I was utterly failing. I couldn’t even find their Free From section and came very close to buying a chunk of cheese (lactose intolerant, but with a ridiculous love of cheese, the cheese always wins…). But then, out of the corner of my eye I spotted the distinctive ds brand on a tiny shelf so I popped over and my eyes were immediately drawn to some cranberry and white chocolate cookies. I obviously thought someone had mistakenly put them on the wrong shelf, but then, there were lots, and then there are triple chocolate versions? I then spotted the free from branding… Tesco finest does free from?? Well this was news to me! I quickly chucked some of the triple choc ones into my basket and ran to the checkout!

I barely made it out of the shop before ripping open the packet and shoving a cookie in my mouth, the first cookie I took out was snapped in half and my first thought was, “oh no, I am just going to have a box of crumbs”, but then cookie shoved in mouth I realised just how wrong I was…

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The first thing I realised was that the bottom of the cookie was covered in delicious milk chocolate (Belgian, I discovered when I finally actually looked at the packaging) and they have that perfect crumbly yet soft texture, that is extremely rare in gluten-free cooking. They hold together perfectly (the reason for the breakage was possibly my over-enthusiastic chucking of cookie box into basket!).

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I shared them with my housemates (one GF the other not) and both agreed that you would never know that they were made without wheat and that they were actually, quite possibly the best cookies we have ever tasted.

If you spot them in tesco’s I would recommend picking up a couple of packs, especially if you live with other people, GF or not, these cookies will not last long!

I am disappointed for two reasons – I only bought one pack, I should have at least bought the white chocolate and cranberry ones for comparison, obviously. And there are now no cookies left…

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