When life hands you lemons…

Life has thrown me a bit of a curve ball these last couple of weeks in that I’ve found out I have a few severe food intolerances and so have to adapt to a pretty restricted diet for the foreseeable future. I’ve been gluten-free for a long time but now I also have to avoid all dairy, eggs and yeast as well as move to a low-FODMAPS diet.

Dear readers, my reaction was not pretty. I wept, I railed at the unfairness of it all and mourned for the loss of my beloved cheese and wine. I ignored the fact that I had found out what was causing some of my health problems and would possibly feel loads better once I started following the eating plan and instead focussed on how it was another thing I was having to give up in life….rant, moan, rage etc.

And then I remembered about moving with ease through life and started to focus on what I can still eat. I remembered that I’m luckier than most people in that I’ve already been through one dramatic life/eating change when I had to give up gluten and so I know the process. I know it gets easier once you get into it but if I’m honest, I’m still grumbling a bit. But I’ve pulled out the recipe books and started playing a bit and it  is getting better.

Here are some of the things I’ve been making:

Lemony roast chicken soup

Lemony roast chicken soup


Roasted seabass with rosemary potatoes, peppers and spinach

Roasted seabass with rosemary potatoes, peppers and spinach

And made some attempts at baking, which I have to say were not wholly successful!

First batch of baking

First batch of baking

There’s some choc chip cookie bites adapted from a recipe at Elana’s Pantry which worked perfectly and tasted lovely. Some peanut butter biscuits which tasted nice but spread all over the baking sheet because the egg replacer changed the consistency and so I ended up with random bits of biscuits. Finally an attempt at bread which I have to say was an abject failure…completely inedible! Will have to try again on that one, I think gluten, dairy, egg and yeast free bread is going to be a bit of a holy grail mission. By any weird chance does anyone know a reliable recipe for this?!

So it’s a steep learning curve but one that will hopefully be really worth it. If you happen to see Mr Purly Queen at any point in the next few weeks, give him a hug won’t you? I suspect I am not that easy to live with while I work all of this out…:)

Sorry Mr Purly Queen!

Sorry Mr Purly Queen!

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