LEON's fast vegan cookbook has been a long-time favourite of mine. I turned to it this morning when I fancied something different, but straight forward to make, for breakfast. I tweaked the recipe in keeping with the fodmap friendly diet (however, the addition of currants is optional). Delicately savoury in taste and crumbly-textured, these scones make for a satisfyingly stodgy breakfast or an equally wholesome afternoon tea, accompanied with either sweet or savoury condiments. For an unexpected but complementary pairing, try raspberry jam with cream cheese - a personal favourite.
Traditionally an Israeli breakfast or brunch dish lovingly adopted by Western foodies as a “hangover cure,” Shakshuka is a combination of tinned or fresh tomatoes with eggs, and commonly spiced with paprika, cumin and harissa. Although harissa is not necessary, I find that it adds depth and real hard-hitting spice to this dish. I know that most harissa pastes available in supermarkets contain some form of garlic – whether that’s pureed or pure – which, for those of you leading a low in FODMAP diet, can simply be replaced with dried chilli flakes for an equally hangover-busting shakshuka. I’ve taken inspiration from LEON’s own shakshuka recipe, adapting it to meet my tastes and FODMAP friendly needs. To thicken its soup-like consistency, I like to add about a handful of dry red lentils, which is completely optional as I understand that legumes can affect some people with IBS.
In the words of LEON, this showstopper of a gluten-free cake -- upgraded by my choice of fodmap friendly alternatives, such as ground almonds instead of cashews and lactose-free cream cheese and white chocolate -- is UNBELIEVABLY and delightfully moist. This texturally satisfying cake balances the nutty sweetness of the desiccated coconut with the mild… Continue reading Gluten free parsnip, almond and coconut cake with white chocolate buttercream