Cod with caper and olive sauce

Flavourings such as capers can be included on the Low Fodmap diet and are especially important when onion and garlic are not available in the range of flavours that can be used to develop dishes. Capers are a delicate taste and one that I certainly did not appreciate when I was younger. I remember very well taking a jar of capers to a party when I was a teenager and not one person who attended the party liked them. But perhaps this was because I had stated to absolutely everyone in my eagerness – taste these, aren’t they really disgusting? Perhaps this preconditioned everyone else that of course capers are MEANT to taste dreadful, perhaps not too surprising that everyone else thought so. However when we are younger we have more taste buds therefore we taste more acutely and this is thought to be as a result of the higher energy needs of children enabling them to prefer and seek out energy dense foods. Bitter and sour notes in food are avoided – we only start to appreciate bitter notes in food when we are in our early twenties. As my taste has developed as I have aged I now really relish capers – they go rather well with fish and are better eaten warm and add a depth of flavour. I noted a very similar effect of olives, and do now love their saltiness and rich flavour. We also can develop aversions to foods and food aversion might be psychologically conditioned – a learned behaviour. If we experience sickness during a time when we are eating we can develop a strong aversion to that food, it is common that people undergoing chemotherapy can develop aversions to food. This can happen if strong negative emotions are developed during eating also, the food a ‘reminder’ of the episode therefore avoided.

Development of taste matures as we age, capers are an acquired taste, but one that will expand the range of dishes available to people following the Low Fodmap diet. Taste is a very complex sense – why not challenge yours and make this recipe?

Ingredients

2 pieces of white fish

1 egg

Gluten free flour for dusting

2 tablespoons of capers

1 Lemon (juice only)

1 tablespoon of oil

1 tablespoon of green olives

Salt and pepper to taste

(serve with steamed kale and new potatoes.)

Method

Mix the egg with a fork and add to a flat plate, add the flour to another flat plate with a small amount of salt and pepper.

Dip the fish fillets into the egg first, then the flour.

Fry in a small amount of oil till the flour is golden and then remove the fish fillets and cook for ten minutes in an oven till cooked through (timings will depend on how thick the fillets are.)

Add capers, olives and the juice of the lemon to the pan and warm through. You should not need to add salt to this sauce as the olives and capers add plenty of saltiness to the dish

Serve the fish and pour over the capers and olives, serve with green vegetables (I used kale) and boiled new potatoes in their skins for added fibre.

Enjoy!

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Low FODMAP fishcakes

fish fridayIngredients

1) Tartar Sauce

50 g Gherkin (check ingredients for Fodmaps)

2 teaspoons of capers

3 tablespoons low-fat mayonnaise

5 g flat leaf parsley

2) 300 g white fish

650 g new potatoes

9 g fresh turmeric

2 teaspoons of cumin

1 tablespoon garlic flavoured oil

2 eggs

150 g of wheat free breadcrumbs

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Method

Tartar sauce

Chop gherkins, capers and parsley and mix with mayonnaise, salt and pepper to taste.

Mix and chill.

Fish cakes

Peel half of the potatoes and leave the others with peel on to add more fibre.

Boil in salted water till soft, mash with pepper.

Peel and chop turmeric and cook in the garlic flavoured oil with cumin.

Add the chopped fish, cook very lightly.

Combine fish and potato – mix gently to ensure large pieces of fish remain

Using a ring fill with fish and potato mix.

Beat the egg.

Coat each fish cake in egg then roll in breadcrumbs.

Lightly fry with spray oil and then finish cooking in the oven.

Serve.

 

It’s a FODMAP free fishy friday

fish fridayDo you eat fish on Friday? Do you know where this tradition came from?

I think one of the most comforting foods during dank winter days is fish pie. It is warming, comforting and can be a really healthy option too. Great to come home too after work when you need something tasty and filling after a full week at work a great start to the weekend. Now our usual fare on Friday is pilchards on toast – but I will bring you this delight some other time.

Ingredients

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300g mixed fish, this can be purchased from supermarkets already prepared, use a white fish, a smoked fish and salmon.

2/3 pint of lactose free milk

1 tablespoon of cornflour

1 1/2 teaspoons of mustard

Small handful of flat leaved parsley

salt

2cm piece of freshly grated parmesan

1/3 small Butternut Squash, 1 tablespoon of garlic infused oil, 1/2 lemon

600g of potato

1 tablespoon of margarine

3 tablespoons of lactose free milk

Method

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Boil the potato

Mash the squash and potato with margarine and 3 tablespoons of milk add a small amount of salt

Add milk to a pan with mustard, parsley and mix cornflour with a little milk and add this to the pan – cook till thickened.

Add fish to a dish and pour over sauce till the fish is covered, keep remaining sauce to serve with the dish later.

Spoon on the mash, level with a fork and then sprinkle on the cheese.

Place the dish in the centre of an oven at gas mark 6, 250ΒΊC for 25 minutes.

Serve with the warmed sauce.

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