Cooking with Herbs for flavour and health

Part One: Lovage. When the range of foods that can be eaten is limited by dietary and food intolerances it is really important that it tastes good, smells good, looks good and is healthy. I have found that the use of fresh herbs and cooking techniques make all the difference. It is possible to create…

Oyster Mushroom and Pesto Sauce with Avocado

There are more than 200 varieties of Oyster Mushrooms that grow in the wild throughout England, Ireland, Europe and Asia.Nearly all oyster mushrooms are edible however there are a few varieties that are poisonous look a-likes so please be sure to purchase cultivated mushrooms.If you wish to grow your own mushrooms make sure you buy…

Chocolate Custard Surprise

Gluten and Lactose Free To made the base you will need2 cups gluten free bread crumbs1 quarter cup butter or dairy free spread1 quarter cup smooth peanut butter2 table spoons raw sugar1 teaspoon fresh ground cinnamon Method Melt the butter and peanut butterPut dry ingredients in a bowl and mix in the wet ingredients Oil…

Curing and Preserveing Olives

I have been asked by many of my friends who have tasted my home grown and preserved Olives to share my recipe. I finally have the time to share while in lockdown on Bruny Island due to the Corona Virus. So here I go….. Once you have picked your Olives, usually in late Autumn or…

Roast Parsnip Soup

Roast Parsnip Soup with Cilantro (fresh coriander)  and Lemongrass Suitable for the Low fodmap, diabetic, vegetarian, lactose and gluten intolerant diets. I really like this soup and just have to share.  As mentioned in a previous post, parsnips grow wild from self seeded stock in my garden, they even grow through the weed mat on…

Dumplings – Gluten free, Lactose free and FODMAP friendly

 Savoury Gluten free Dumplings It is almost winter here on Bruny Bruny Island Tasmania and its time for some great winter comfort food.  As the colder weather has been approaching my thoughts have been about dumplings, light, fluffy savoury dumplings like the ones my Nana used to make.  Hmm… how to go about this, can I…

Low fodmap gluten free Chicken Parma

Even though it seems the spring rains will never cease the orchard is full of fragrant blossoms. The chickens are productive and broody soon there will be a new generation to give eggs and meat for the table. It’s time to use the remnants of the autumn harvest in the freezer to make way for…

Organic Lean Beef Stir Fry with Bell Peppers

Having come by  some lovely lean organic beef,  a stir fry is on the menu with fresh organic bell peppers, carrots and broccolini stems.  This recipe is delicious even with the absence of garlic and onion of any kind. It is suitable for people who are diabetic, gluten intolerant, lactose intolerant and follow the low…

Low Fodmap: Cooking tips

There was a certain something, texture, thickening and binding of flavours that I missed once I no longer started a recipe with sautéing onion and garlic.  At first I thought it was just the flavour of the garlic that was missing. I was so used to always starting a savoury or main meal recipe the…

Winter Harvest: Oca

Today was one of those rare winter days, the sky a beautiful clear blue, the sun bright and warm, only a light breeze coming in across the bay and there are signs of an approaching spring.  A few of the blueberry bushes are starting to flower and the bulbs in the orchard that used to…