Day 951 – #33 Try 50 new recipes

I’m a little bit behind here so bear with me.  A few weeks ago my Mum gave me some gooseberries out her garden.  Now, I do like gooseberries but I do find them a bit sour.  So I decided to make them into a fool….

IMG_0120I did a quick google search for a recipe to get an idea of quantities.  Some recipes use only custard, some only cream and others use a bit of both.  Being a pig, I went for that option!  Firstly I stewed the gooseberries with a bit of sugar until they were soft, then I pureed them.  Then I lightly whipped some double cream, mixed it into some custard and then swirled the gooseberry puree through them both.

Oh my goodness, it was bloody gorgeous.  Very sickly but luckily I’d made small portions so it was manageable.  Sadly, it *really* didn’t agree with my tummy but that’s not really surprising – nothing does!



And on that note……

IMG_0126I am now following the low FODMAP plan to try and give my tummy a bit of a break.  It’s designed primarily for IBS sufferers and the idea is that you don’t eat any foods that can’t be broken down by the small bowel.  That way, they don’t travel undigested into your large bowel and cause all the issues.  I am on my fourth day on the plan so far and I can’t say it’s worked miracles, but I do feel less bloated.  So I’ll keep at it and hope that combined with my medication I’ll start to see a real improvement.  This recipe is from the FODMAP diet book – Cream of Parsnip & Potato soup.  It’s parsnip & potato (I know, what a shock!) cooked in chicken stock until soft.  Then almond milk added along with some crumbled feta cheese and then whizzed up with a blender.  It’s quite nice actually – the feta makes it nice and creamy and it’s a nice alternative to my normal veggie soup which I can’t eat because it has onions & leeks in it!


IMG_0127Dinner this evening was Chicken Enchiladas.  I’ve never eaten these before.  I’m not really into spicy food and have never been to a Mexican restaurant or anything so this was a step into the unknown.  It was born out of a desire not to waste stuff.  Mark bought corn tortillas a while ago by mistake and they’ve been lurking in the pantry.  I discovered that they were allowable on the FODMAP plan so I decided I’d try the recipe on the back of the packet.  I couldn’t buy the El Paso spice mix as directed because it has onion & garlic in it, which is *strictly* forbidden.  So google came to my rescue again….  I found a dry spice mix recipe and left out the onion powder, garlic powder and cumin (I didn’t have any) and had to substitute crushed chillis for mild chilli powder.  I used half the amount but it was a bit on the strong side even so!  It turned out really nicely, if a bit dry.  The recipe used tomato puree which didn’t really seem to make a saucy enough sauce.  So I have the other half of the packet to use later in the week and I might try making it with tinned tomatoes instead and see if that improves it.  Even so, it was a tasty dinner and Mark really enjoyed it so I think it’s something we’d have again.  Provided my tummy agrees!


Day 845 – #33 Try 50 New Recipes

photo(5)Laura (my sister) and I were chatting the other week about cooking.  She was saying she struggled with lunches and I said about how I often have soup.  I don’t know how we got around to Parsnip Soup, but we did.  She then made some and said it was delicious.  I’ve never made Parsnip Soup before.  I didn’t like parsnips for a very long time and although I like them now, I don’t eat that many of them.  But I had some leftover from Christmas that I wanted to use up so I thought I’d give it a try.

I had a look in my favourite cookery book – The Cook’s Scrapbook by Reader’s Digest (link) for a recipe and found a very basic one.  It’s nothing more than parsnips sauteed in butter and then simmered in vegetable stock for 20 mins.  After blending add some cream and reheat.  Top with a sprinkle of parsley.  Nothing to it.  It’s absolutely gorgeous!  Really velvety smooth and creamy.  Proper lush.  Mark polished off a whole bowl with minimal assistance from the bread bin…. (He’s one of those people who can’t eat a bowl of soup without half a loaf of bread – why he can’t use a soup spoon like the rest of us I don’t know….!)

I will definitely make this again – it’s wonderful.

Day 714 -#33 Try 50 New Recipes


This was my lunch today.  It’s a Butternut Squash soup.  I made this a couple of weeks ago in the slow cooker and then froze it.  Having got back from holiday yesterday I thought this would be a nice, easy lunch so got it out of the freezer last night.

I’ve never tried butternut squash before, but when it was cooking it smelled amazing.  So I had high hopes!  Sadly, I’m not a BNS fan.  I didn’t *hate* it but I didn’t really like the taste at all.  It’s a real shame as BNS is a weight watcher staple item but it’s not for me 😦

Mark ate all of his so it can’t have been too bad!!