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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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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)

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Our Fabulous Fod-a-licious Brunch

21 Sep

Last weekend we held our first official Grub Club advertised brunch club. Our Fod-a-licious debut and what a blast it was! Fifteen friends and strangers joined us for a Sunday afternoon of delicious FODMAP friendly food, cocktails and great company held in a fantastic East End, iconic building with spectacular views of London.

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The afternoon began with JM’s mum’s homegrown rhubarb jam and fruity cocktail followed by SF’s delicious foccacia – a firm favourite for all who has the pleasure of sampling it. It was served with her very own pesto – bowls supped clean! Next up was the surprise puttensca coodle salad. What’s the surprise? Well, whats a coodle? Hint: All you need is a coodler and a courgette!

Main courses included JM’s Mediterranean seafood and sausage paella, tattie and sweetcorn fritters and  SF’s super tasty

blue cheese quinoa bites with a homegrown mega spicy chilli jam (SF is well known for spice-ing the life out of us).  To finish off we presented a trio of Lemon Lovelyness which consisted of SF’s famous lemon mooose and cake and our very own home brewed Limoncello. Yum!

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Our guests, not being on fodmap friendly diets like us, were surprised to find that they found our cuisine without garlic, onions and wheat (to name but a few fodmap unfriendlies) absolutely delicious. And it wasn’t just because they were tipsy on our cocktails and home brew!

So our first serious forage into the supper club business was a total success. Will we do it again? Yes we will! A lot of hard work on our part but worth it for all the fun had by us and our lovely guests. Keep an eye on our blog and twitter for our next one coming very soon. This one’s going to be a belter!

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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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!)

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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Sundried tomato & basil focaccia

14 Oct

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I accidentally bought gluten free bread flour rather than plain flour a few months ago, since then I’ve always thought about attempting to bake a loaf but having tried so many questionable gf bakes I wasn’t sure it would work…

Anyway I got home early from work last week and thought I’d give it a go. I searched for recipes, I love sundried tomato and/or olive bread so decided to try a sundried tomato and basil focaccia as its one of my faves and I had all the ingredients. I found this recipe but made a couple of changes to make it FODMAP-friendly. I watched Great British Bake off while trying it, and low and behold Becca was cooking a very similar bread on their “alternative grains” challenge.

Previous to attempting to bake it, I had no idea that focaccia was fairly easy, almost knead free and it doesn’t take much rising. Perfect for a novice!

ingredients

  • 7g x fast action dried yeast
  • 1 tsp x caster sugar
  • 200ml x warm milk (I used soya, but you could use rice, normal, other)
  • 250g x gluten free plain flour
  • 1 tsp x xanthan gum
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ¼ tsp. x bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tsp. white wine vinegar (this is what was in the recipe, but I didn’t have any so, after a quick google consult I used a bit of white wine, but apparently lemon juice will work just as well)
  • 3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling (I used the oil from my sundried tomatoes for the drizzling part)
  • 1 tsp. fine salt
  • small bunch of fresh basil
  • approx 8 sundried tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • Coarse sea salt for sprinkling
  • Ground black pepper

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Method

  • Grease a 9-inch square cake tin with oil ( I also lined mine with greaseproof paper)
  • Mix the yeast, sugar and a little of  the milk together – it should start to foam a little.
  • Mix together the flour and xanthan gum, add the egg, oil, salt and the rest of the milk and whisk the lot together. At this point my whisk snapped in half, so I used a fork and it was just as effective!
  • Add in the foaming yeast mixture and whisk together until smooth, sticky and fully combined.
  • Add the vinegar (or lemon, or white wine, depending on what you have to hand!) and fizz up the bicarbonate of soda.
  • Fold the fizzing bicarb into the mixture,
  • Then smooth the dough out into your prepared tin  – it’s a good idea to lightly oil a spatula or palate knife to do this.
  • Cover with a sheet of greased cling film and pop in the airing cupboard, or somewhere warm, for an hour to prove.
  • Preheat the oven to 190°C (170°C fan)/375°F(350°F fan)/Gas Mark 5
  • Once the bread has proved – it should be about double in size – take off the cling film and use your fingers to make dips into the dough, I used my sundried tomatoes to do this!
  • Drizzle some oil over the top (I used the oil from the sundried tomatoes, but olive oil is great.
  • Sprinkle some coarse sea salt and pepper over the top and pop in the oven for 30mins or until golden brown.

I’m already looking forward to making my next batch, and will attempt to leave it to rise a little longer! I am thinking rosemary for the next attempt, or olive and sundried tomato… or both.

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