Pickled vegetables – Low Fodmap

I am a real fan of Ottolenghi’s work, his recipes are delicious, but unfortunately they do contain lots of ingredients high in Fodmaps, so not that great for people with IBS. This weekend however was a bit different – a recipe suitable for the Low Fodmap diet was published in the Guardian magazine. I have tweaked it a little, because I feel that if you are posting a recipe it needs to be referenced to the original source and modified – this is the only time I have, so far. The recipe was for pickled baby turnips – I have added baby turnips and radishes (for colour) and a little Worcestershire sauce into the pickle mix. This mix will last a few days in the fridge but no longer, as thorough sterilizing techniques have not been employed.


Pack of baby turnips (you can use standard turnip around 200g chopped)

5-6 Radishes

1/4 of a carrot spiraled and cut into short lengths

1 stick of fresh turmeric (you can use powdered but this will likely cloud the pickle liquor)

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

2 teaspoons of granulated sugar

120ml White wine or rice vinegar

175ml Water

1 teaspoon of salt


Chop the turnips and radish into quarters, wash thoroughly.

Pour the water, Worcestershire sauce and vinegar into the pan and add the sugar.

Warm and dissolve the sugar and heat to a rolling boil.

Take off the heat and cool. Add the vegetables, turmeric and salt.

Add to a jar and refrigerate.

These vegetables taste great with cold cuts of meat – don’t be too concerned that they contain a little sugar to counteract the sharpness of the vinegar. You will not be eating the pickling liquor, so it is really not a great amount of sugar that you will be adding into your diet.

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Gluten free, cow’s milk free rose pancakes for the breakfast diva!

Make these for a special occasion – gluten and cow’s milk free pancakes with an extra special flair for a birthday or wedding breakfast, of in fact you can make them plain for a tasty cooked alternative to kick start the day. I was asked to review an almond flour by a manufacturer Sukrin who donated the flour for the review. I liked the flour, it was tasty and worked well for the recipe. For other manufacturer recommendations such as suitable for low carbohydrate and paleo diets, this may well be the case, however I don’t advocate removing the carbohydrate totally from from your diet or having a very low intake of carbohydrate for healthy people – carbohydrate is food for the brain and fibre containing (or wholegrain) carbohydrates are prebiotic, food for your gut bacteria. If you are having gut symptoms changing your types of carbohydrate may be a better option that stopping eating carbohydrate altogether – just ensure you have a medical diagnosis first before making any changes to your diet and request a referral to a dietitian! We do now know that changes to diet can affect the variety and number of gut bacteria that live in your digestive tract and we do not yet know what the effects  low carbohydrate diets have on long term digestive health. Our gut bacteria help with producing vitamin K and produce short chain fatty acids which help to keep the tract healthy. Most dietary changes Dietitians advocate are to identify a particular food intolerance culprit – this not only has benefits in reducing symptoms, but also means you can continue to have as varied a diet as possible.

You can taste the almond in these pancakes and they are very filling. Please also note whilst these pancakes are free of gluten and cow’s milk they are not suitable for the exclusion phase of the Low FODMAP diet in large amounts, almonds should be eaten in small amounts only (almond – as nuts – less than 10 at any one time.)


3 eggs

100g of almond flour

2 or 3 dessert spoons of rose syrup

200ml of hazelnut milk

a few drops of food colouring and edible gold glitter if you really want a decadent treat!

Spray oil to fry.

Mix the eggs into the almond flour, add the syrup and nut milk to the mixture then add the the food colour. Spray oil into the pan and using a piping bag pipe swirls of the mix into the pan and fry until the base is cooked and then finish the cooking in an oven at gas mark six for 5-10 minutes.


Stir fry beef low fodmap


This recipe is suitable for a Low FODMAP diet, lactose free, wheat free dairy free and some advice later will show you how you can modify this recipe suitable for Crohn’s and colitis too. Give it a go – also check out the following tool to help you monitor your symptoms of diarrhoea it is not a diagnostic programme so if you have a diagnosis and wish to know more read on…….

A new free online health programme and app called MyRhythm has just launched and is used to track your digestive health on the go discreetly and with ease. By inputting your food and mood, the app will draw up a monthly report, identifying certain triggers unique to the user for digestive upset.


1 tablespoon of Ginger, chopped

4 tablespoons of Tamari soy sauce

1 tablespoon of golden syrup

1 tablespoon of garlic infused oil (to ensure it is totally FODMAP free you need to purchase this)

1 pak choy

1 courgette

1 red pepper

1 spring onion, green part only

1/2 tin of bamboo shoots

250g of lean beef – cut into strips.


Chop ginger and add to a pestle with the golden syrup and garlic infused oil, grind to form a paste

Add this to the beef and chopped spring onion pour on the Tamari, mix well and leave to marinade for at least 30 minutes.

Chop the vegetables thinly and heat a wok – I use a non stick wok so I don’t need to add any further oil to this to cook the meat.

Add the meat first and cook, then add the vegetables and keep stirring till the vegetables are cooked.

Serve with boiled rice – ensure you use freshly boiled  rice and eat whilst hot to avoid resistant starches, if this is a problem for you.

20131103_53modIf you have colitis and don’t tolerate red meat you can use chicken or fish to make this recipe. If you are experiencing diarrhoea symptoms and have been advised to have a low fibre diet, you will need to reduce the amount of vegetables in this dish, 1/2 carrot and 1/2 a skinned red pepper cut finely and cooked well will be adequate (boil for 10 minutes – boil the pepper whole for 10 minutes and the skin will peel away, before you put the vegetables into a wok) and use powdered ginger instead of ginger root to make up the recipe. Discuss the iron content of your diet with your dietitian or IBD team – do not be tempted to try iron supplements without discussing this with your doctor or dietitian, they can make symptoms worse. Low FODMAP diet is suitable if you are in remission (your inflammatory markers or CRP are normal) with your colitis and are continuing to experience symptoms, your dietitian can advise you how to use the diet, to see which foods result in symptoms.

20131103_57modFor Crohn’s to make this diet suitable for LOFFLEX you can use the modifications which have been suggested for the low fibre diet.

Please note I do not endorse any medication companies but this app tool might be useful – only use medications on advice from your healthcare professional.

Trout with salad – Low FODMAP, dairy free, gluten free

IMG_1801We are heading towards the end of Summer, early in the morning it certainly feels like Autumn is on the way. However there is still time left to enjoy a cold salad with a small glass of chilled white wine for our evening meal.

Today’s activity was a run around my home town, nestled in the middle of the Pennines. We certainly have our share of wet weather and today was no exception. However the skies were bright enough for me to manage an hour without getting too drenched. This summers weather has still resulted in flooding in the next village, despite the weather being hotter than usual, the deluge of rain was severe enough to wash away the road. I would not want to live anywhere else though, as we have beautiful countryside and the steep wooded valley’s add to the overall atmosphere. Have a look at the pictures and see if you agree.

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If you wish to make the meal above the recipe is as follows:


Small handful of miniature plum tomatoes (about 8-10)

Small handful of green olives

Small handful of mixed leaves (rocket, spinach and watercress)

1/2 an orange pepper

1 tablespoon of pumpkin and sunflower seeds

2 teaspoons of fennel seeds

1 small piece of celery

2 inch slice of cucumber.

1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon of ground allspice

1/2 lemon

1 bunch of fresh thyme

Chop all ingredients finely and add spices, seeds and lemon juice

Season and toss well. Serves three


3 cups of basmati rice

1 cup of neroli rice

1/2 an aubergine


Chop the aubergine and add to the rice, cover with water season and cook till tender. Cool

Plus 1 fillet of trout per person, grilled and cooled.


Pork loin, Low FODMAP, dairy free, lactose free, gluten free

The following recipe is for lovers of Thai flavours, I am not really a huge fan, I always feel that coriander tastes a bit soapy.  I was tempted to call this Soapy Pork Loin, but thought better of it – plenty of people love coriander though! (I don’t mean to offend my readers in Thailand, you will have to let me know what you think of my recipe.) I have sacrificed my tastes to make you a gut friendly recipe – I hope you like it.


1 tablespoon of low-fat peanut butter

1 tablespoon of tamari soy sauce (gluten-free)IMG_1792

2 star anise

2.5cm (1 inch) stick of fresh ginger

15 g of fresh coriander

1 tablespoon of garlic infused oil

100 ml Stock (home-made, vegetable or pork)

1/2 lime (squeezed)

Salt (to taste!)

1 pork tenderloin trimmed and cut into strips

3 Pak-Choi (chinese cabbage)

2 carrots (peel in strips with a potato peeler)

Sesame seeds to decorate.


Trim and cut the tenderloin and place the pieces in a dish

Add the star anise, peeled ginger, peanut butter, oil, soy sauce, coriander and stock in a strong blender and blend well to make a sauce. If you wish you can add chilli or chilli powder if your stomach can stand it.

Pour this over the pork, add lime juice, salt and leave to marinate at least two hours.

Cook the pork mix and sauce in a pan until tender, then add to a wok with the carrot & pak-choi, cook with the vegetables still al dente.

Serve, sprinkle over sesame seeds and serve with boiled rice.

Serves 3

Dippy over Hummus – oh *sigh* to find a Low FODMAP alternative

IMG_1616Since I have being doing the Low FODMAP diet I have been missing hummus and I was seeking out an alternative when I came across this recipe by a fellow blogger Frugal Feeding here


It’s definitely worth a look, however I decided to try to de-FODMAP it somewhat so it could be used by those people who want to follow a low FODMAP diet.


600g bag of carrot batons

1 tablespoon of garlic infused olive oil

1 teaspoon of cumin seeds

1/2 teaspoon of chilli power (optional)

1 teaspoon of fennel seeds

Juice of 1/2 lemon

Sprinkling of asafoetida*

300ml of water

Salt + pepper


Add the carrots to a baking tray and sprinkle with olive oil, crushed cumin seeds, chilli, aesofotida and fennel seeds and roast in a hot oven till soft.

Remove from the oven and add the juice of 1/2 lemon, salt + pepper and water and blend till amalgamated.

Serves 2-3

With much thanks to frugal feeding!


Suitable for low FODMAP, lactose & fructose intolerance (count in your fruit intake – lemon  juice – if you have a large portion,) gluten free(*check for gluten!) and vegan diets.

Updated post 22.11.14