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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Saturday morning breaky

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Saturday morning is a busy one in our household.  No sleep-ins here.  Two boys need to be on the tennis court by 7:45am and our little girl enjoys a piano lesson later on in the morning.  Last weekend was my turn to do the tennis run and I stole an extra 10 minutes under the covers instead of eating breakfast before we left.

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Low FODMAP Muesli (Granola) Bars

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After a 2 week break the little people are back at school. We had plenty of fun with trips to the zoo, park and pool, a time to catch up and play with friends. Spring is my favourite time of year and I am just loving getting out for bike rides and taking the dog for a run at the park now that the air has lost its chill.

The routine of lunchboxes can become just that…routine and, dare I say, boring. I am always looking for something new to pack into the boxes. I often bake double batches of muffins to freeze for an easy morning tea. A while ago I came across a recipe for Scottish Oatcakes in an old Australian Women’s Weekly cookbook of Biscuits and Slices. I gave it a go and they were received pretty well as an afternoon snack. But as I do more often than not, I started thinking about how I could change the recipe into something new; a muesli bar.

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This weekend has seen much celebration in London marking Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee.  There was quite a line-up of entertainers at Buckingham Palace for the Jubilee concert, including Australia’s own Kylie, Rolf Harris, Gurrumul, and many others from all over the Commonwealth.

British cuisine offers many delicious dishes and I decided to give one of my favourites a low FODMAP makeover…CRUMPETS.

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Good morning smoothie

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After collecting a glut of chocolate over the weekend and finally succumbing to a cough and cold that’s been lurking around our house, I was looking for a vitamin boost, something quick and easy to start the day.

I have had this little container of Chia seeds sitting on my pantry shelf patiently waiting for my attention. These little black and white seeds have gained popularity for their nutritional benefits including being a good source of omega-3, protein, fibre and antioxidants. I originally bought the chia to try out as an egg substitute. I haven’t got around to doing that yet but decided it was time break them out for my smoothie.

So here’s how I made my morning fast-breaker:

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Low FODMAP Hot Cross Buns

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Hot cross buns,
Hot cross buns,
One ha’ penny,
Two a penny
Hot cross buns…

Do you remember that nursery rhyme?  I hadn’t heard it for years until I started singing it in my head today…as you do when that’s what you’re baking.

These delicious Easter treats present quite a problem for those of us on a low FODMAP diet.  Not only is the wheat difficult to stomach, but the load of sugar in the dried fruit is not so kind to us either.

But this year I didn’t want to miss out.  I love the warm spiciness of a Hot Cross Bun with a little spread of butter and a cup of tea.  Easter isn’t quite complete without one of these on Sunday morning.

Ready for the oven

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