Lemon Curd – Low FODMAP.

I love the sharpness and sweetness of lemon curd and the vibrant yellow colour is just perfect for Easter. It is also a great gift to give to those relatives you haven’t seen for some time! It does contain fats and sugar but you will generally only be using a small amount on toast or crackers so it’s likely to be fine to use and absolutely fine for an Easter treat!


  • 6 unwaxed lemons
  • 300g caster sugar
  • 150g butter
  • 6 medium sized eggs


  • Wash and grate the skin from the lemons, cut in half and squeeze the juice into a bowl
  • Add the caster sugar, lemon juice, butter and rind into a glass bowl and put the bowl over a pan on boiling water and mix until the butter is dissolved.
  • Crack open the eggs into a separate bowl and beat with a fork.
  • Add the egg mixture to the other ingredients over the boiling water pan slowly and mix till incorporated.
  • Add the mix to a fresh pan and heat directly whilst stirring till the mixture thickens.
  • Add to jars sterilized with hot water.
  • This should keep for around two weeks

Makes about 700g depending on the size of the eggs


Saharan Harissa spice mix for Moroccan Chicken, Low FODMAP.

Harissa is a spice blend used in North Africa and the following recipe is Low FODMAP version, another example that it is possible to have rich flavours without the addition of onion and garlic. It is a special recipe, so quite expensive to produce so I would save it forIMG_1762 those occasions when you want to cook something a little different for friends and family. The recipe serves approximately six people. It also takes some time to prepare, but I think you will find that nobody will recognise the recipe is good for someone who has IBS and problems with their digestion. If you are sensitive to hot spices then replace hot paprika with mild paprika and omit the chilli from the recipe.

Ingredients 1 – Spice mix

5g Cumin

5g Hot Smoked Paprika

2.5g Coriander Powder

2.5g Coriander Seeds

2g Ginger powder

2g Tumeric

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Ingredients 2 – Main dish

12 Skinless chicken thighs

100g Lemon & Coriander flavoured green olives

1/2 Lemon (squeezed)

1 preserved lemon

2 teaspoons of Rose Water (not sweetened!)

2 large pinches of Saffron

1 tablespoon of Garlic infused olive oil

250g Red and Yellow Pepper

300 mls water


Ingredients 3 –Carbohydrate

100g Red Quinoa

100g Broken Basmati (cheaper version of basmati – works just as well)

100g Red Camargue Rice

50g Pine nutsimg146


Serves 6

Add 1 tablespoon of the spice mix to a dish, mix with 2 teaspoons of rose-water, 1 tablespoon of garlic infused oil, the juice of 1/2 a lemon.

Pour the spice mix over 12 skinless boned chicken thighs, rub in well and leave covered in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.

Roast the pepper in an oven till soft, and chop.

Add the chicken to a cooking pot or tagine and add the preserved lemon, olives, pepper, saffron, salt and 300 mls of water. Cook for 1.5 hours at gas mark 5 till ingredients are soft and tender.

Near the end of the cooking time add red rice, basmati rice and salt to a pan cover with water and cook for 20 minutes. Add quinoa and salt to a separate pan cover with water and cook for 15 minutes. Drain these, mix them together and add the pine nuts.

Drain off the cooking juices from the Moroccan chicken, if you wish at this point drain off the fat floating on the surface of the cooking liquor. In a large serving dish place the rice mix in the dish first and pour over the remainder of the cooking liquor. Pile on the rest of the ingredients on the top of the rice – then enjoy!