Spring special!

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Last week held the promise of blue sky and warm air that comes as winter runs out of chill and spring starts to emerge. Today it seems as if it was just a tease as we don coats and run for cover from the cold rain. I shouldn’t be surprised; this is Melbourne, after all!

To encourage spring to come back, and spread a bit of cheer, The low FODMAP cookbook is having a Spring special!

 

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Gluten free Weetbix Slice

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I didn’t think I was going to get any photos for you before these treats disappeared! I had been asked to make something gluten free for a supper I was going to. After I left with my plate of slice, everyone at home must have had sample, too. The next day I made up another plate for a morning tea I was off to, and my family all grabbed some for their lunch boxes. You certainly have to be quick around here!

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Product news – Gluten Free Weet-bix!!

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Like Vegemite and Aeroplane Jelly, Weet-bix have been a favourite breakfast cereal in Australia for decades. Any child growing up in the 1980’s will know the jingle…”Aussie kids are Weet-bix kids.” Over the years we’ve see rugby players, cricketers and triathalon champions all challenging each other with “how many Weet-bix do you do?” But, as the name suggests, Weet-bix are made from wheat. Wheat contains fructans (chains of fructose). That means Weet-bix are off the menu for anyone sticking to a low FODMAP diet. Until now!

 

Let me introduce… Gluten Free Weet-bix!

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Mascarpone Cheesecake

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Last week I promised to show you what I made with my lactose free mascarpone cheese. I had considered making that to-die-for Italian dessert, Tiramisu. But we were heading for dinner at our friend’s new home, and decided the coffee flavours might not go so well with the 6 kids in our families. So a simple cheesecake it was.

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Lactose Free Mascarpone

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It has been both interesting and at times exciting to watch the range of lactose free dairy products expand over the years. When I first discovered lactose was an issue for me, I could find UHT milk and cream, but that was about it. Now there is fresh milk in skim, low fat and full cream varieties. Fresh cream is also easy to find, although only reduced fat where I live. Cheddar cheese is available and the most exciting for me, lactose free ice cream! Even with all these great lactose free dairy products, there are still others I miss, particularly soft cheeses.

So, I decided to try an experiment. After doing a bit of research I learned that it is possible to make soft cheese at home with just a few ingredients. Regular soft cheeses are quite high in lactose and can be problematic for those of us who malabsorb this FODMAP. With imaginations of tiramisu and creamy pastas and risotto, I got to work on my first batch of mascarpone.

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Chocolate and Raspberry Dessert Cakes

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There are many foods to give up or cut back on in a low FODMAP diet.  I miss apples and occasionally have a little nibble of one that a little person in my house has taken a juicy bite from.  Avoiding onions is no longer a big deal for me and I don’t like their taste all that much anymore.  But when it comes to chocolate…let’s just say there are some foods that are worth any trouble they might cause.

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Shrove Tuesday Winners

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Today is Shrove Tuesday.  “What is that about?” you might ask.  Well, I have done a little research to brush up on my understanding.  Shrove Tuesday falls the day before Ash Wednesday which is the first day of Lent.  Shrove Tuesday is traditionally a final day of celebration and feasting before the Lenten time of fasting and reflection.

The other name for Shrove Tuesday you might also be familiar with is “Pancake Day.”  What’s the connection?  Cooking pancakes became a way to use up rich foods such as butter and eggs before Lent.  Pancakes…always welcome in our house.

We occasionally enjoy pancakes on a Sunday, whether it is for breakfast with blueberries, or as smaller pikelets for afternoon tea.  But what I really love are those small Dutch gems called Poffertjes.

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8 hours to go…

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Don’t forget the Great Pasta Giveaway!!!

 

With 8 hours to go it’s time to get your entry in.

(for Austrlian postal adresses only)

Click here to check it out.

 

Do pop in and check out some of the yummy ideas other readers have shared for their pasta dishes.

Winners announced on Tuesday!!!

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