STFT #4 Gingerbread Spice Mix – Christmas edition

The UK may be part of the Commonwealth and we have access to some of the most incredible produce at our fingertips as a result of it, BUT … even before Brexit, there are a number of German ingredients I can’t get hold of – not for love nor money. Thankfully, this spice mix can…

STFT #3: Egg

It can be frustrating when a recipe calls for an ingredient that you can’t have, isn’t (yet) available at your supermarket or you simply haven’t got at home when you get really want to cook up a storm in the kitchen. In the Swap This For That (“STFT”) series, we are applying some easy hacks to…

Banana-peanut butter muffins

Skip to recipe I’ve been back at work for a few weeks now after 10 months of maternity life  and – boy! – life has certainly picked up the pace. When people ask me how I shed all that weight I gained during the pregnancy (we’re talking North of 30kg), I jokingly respond: “I run…

4-ingredient pancake

Ingredients 140g gluten-free flour 200ml dairy-free milk 2 eggs, separated 2 tbsp nut oil Instructions Separate the eggs and whip the whites to stiff peaks with your trusted kitchen machine, handheld whisk or – for gentle strength training – by hand. Whisk the egg yolks into the milk and fold under the egg whites. Gently…

Sugar-free peanut-nougat bites

Ingredients 120ml coconut cream 1 tsp rice malt syrup pinch sea salt 1 tsp vanilla essence 45g almond flour 65g almond-peanut butter, smooth 120ml sugar-free caramel sauce 50g peanuts, roughly chopped 100 g dark chocolate Instructions Prepare a loaf tin and a baking tray by lining them with baking paper. Combine coconut cream, syrup, salt,…

Irish lamb stew

Ingredients 250g bacon 600g lamb 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper 500ml stock 2 tsp rice malt syrup 3 tsp tomato puree 8 small to medium carrots, roughly chopped 6 medium-sized potatoes, quartered a few sprigs of thyme 3 bay leaves 125ml white wine Instructions Preheat the oven to 180C. If you don’t have garlic-infused…

Sugar-free caramel sauce

Ingredients 30ml rice malt syrup 50g butter 30ml coconut cream pinch of salt Instructions Bring rice malt syrup up to 140C. Add butter and a pinch of salt and stir. Remove from heat and slowly add the coconut cream, stirring until combined. Pour caramel into a bowl and sit in the freezer until thick for…

Beef brisket in red wine

Ingredients 1kg brisket Salt and pepper 2 tbsp garlic-infused vegetable oil 6 sprigs thyme and rosemary 3 spring onions, green parts only 2 bay leaves 1 tsp of Low FODMAP chicken bouillon or 1 stock cube (Sainsbury’s chicken ones are Low FODMAP) 2 tins of chopped tomatoes 1 tbsp tomato paste 750ml red wine A…

Easy bolognese

Ingredients 1 tbsp garlic-infused oil 500g beef mince 1 1/2 courgette, thinly sliced 1 carrot, thinly sliced 2 tins of chopped tomatoes 2 tbsp tomato puree 2 tbsp tomato sauce handful of fresh oregano, chopped 1 tsp dried oregano 1 tsp marjoram 2 tbsp red wine, optional 1 tsp rice malt syrup Salt, pepper to…

Oat-banana-blueberry muffins

Baby Lemons isn’t big on porridge at the moment, but I’d like him to have some oats in the morning… just because. He does love bananas and could happily devour a whole one in one sitting. So I made him some oat-banana-blueberry muffins. I skipped the dairy, gluten and sugar though; dairy and gluten so…