Happy New Year!

Hi everyone!

I hope you all had a fantastic, fun and low FODMAP Christmas/holiday and New Year’s eve with family and friends. It can definitely be tricky sticking to your diet at this time of year, when we are taunted with all sorts of foods that aren’t really suitable for our guts but taste too good for us to care. I’m not the best at staying strong against temptation but by making a lot of the foods I ate from scratch, having a caring host on Christmas eve who cooked delicious foods I was okay with (mixture of French and Indian cuisine this Christmas – yum!) and hosting New Year’s Eve at our place, I managed to emerge unscathed, which is more than I can say of last year!

I was completely spoilt on Christmas day and received an ICE CREAM MAKER! Yes, I think the days of me buying my Mum gifts on the pretext that she wanted them, when really I wanted her to make things for me, has come back to bite me. But I don’t mind, because ICE CREAM MAKER! I’m planning to start off with a simple vanilla ice cream (classic and Ev’s and my favourite) and then trial a coconut cream version to have a dairy free variety on here. I’ll keep you all posted.

Here’s a few snaps of of our Christmas and New Year 2013/14. After an enjoyable break, I’ve started to type up a new pastry recipe already – I’ll be back to the “recipe each Monday” schedule next week.

Cheers and here’s to continued good gut health,

Nataliya.

This year's tree has been my favourite so far.

This year’s tree has been my favourite so far.

Jenni & Kate sent me the cutest little baubles.

Jenni & Kate sent me the cutest little baubles.

Nellie & Bailey enjoying their treats.

Nellie & Bailey enjoying their treats.

ICE CREAM MAKER!

ICE CREAM MAKER!

Tiring the dogs out on Christmas eve

Tiring the dogs out on Christmas eve

Smoked salmon & cream cheese bagels - my gluten free bagel is on the top left corner.

Smoked salmon & cream cheese bagels – my gluten free bagel is conspicuously on the top left corner. Funny story: my friend’s 6 yo daughter decided to guard it for me because I’m “allergic.” She even told her dad off!

Hoisin pork with coriander & carrot in corn tortilla wraps

Tender hoisin pork with coriander & carrot in corn tortilla wraps – will try this again with rice paper, which would be much easier to roll, and neater, too. The dipping sauce isn’t low FODMAP but was half Sriracha & half sweet chili sauce.

Bacon wrapped dates - I can handle a couple of dates

Bacon wrapped dates – I can handle a couple of dates

Trio of tarts for dessert.

Trio of tarts for dessert. The recipes are all on this blog already – fruit tarts, chocolate hazelnut tarts and passion fruit blueberry tarts.

Wouldn't be complete without greedy dogs.

Wouldn’t be complete without greedy dogs hanging around.

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