Sides and salads

Spiced-up Veg with Haloumi

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I am trying to get my gears rolling after a wonderfully long break from everything.  I guess holidays can’t go on forever but, after our busy lead up to Christmas, I wouldn’t say no to a few more weeks.

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Basil Aioli

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Last week I mentioned I had been doing some catering and would share some recipes with you.  So here’s the first one….Basil Aioli.

Aioli is a mayonnaise-style condiment with origins in French and Italian cuisine.  Traditionally, it is made in a similar way to mayonnaise by mixing an emulsion of egg yolks and oil.  The particular difference with aioli is that it also includes a generous dose of garlic.  This might help keep a cold at bay, but it doesn’t quite fit with a low FODMAP diet.

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Pesto Potato Salad

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Hi folks!


We are back from holidays now and slowly trying to get back into the swing of routine.  It’s not easy; I’ll show you why…

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Carrot, Spinach and Quinoa Salad

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I am always thinking about how I can prepare low FODMAP vegies and fruits in new and interesting ways.  Carrots have been calling out to me for a while.  We’ve all had plenty of carrots cut into sticks, sliced and diced, steamed, boiled and baked.  Lately though, I have wanted to make carrot the main ingredient for a salad.

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Olive Tapenade

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There’s no doubt that onion and garlic add significant flavour to many dishes.  I used to love a pizza with some caramelised onion, fresh thyme and goat’s cheese.  But now on the low FODMAP diet there are times when the absence of these two kitchen staples leaves a noticeable hole in the flavour of my dishes.  I have had to get a bit more creative in how I fill that flavour gap…

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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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