Coconut rings are lovely little tasty bites of cake that are formed of creamy desiccated coconut which create a raised moat around a jam-filled centre. They’re a really easy bake to make and require very few ingredients too. In its dried, desiccated form coconut can be used to lend creaminess and body to curries and tagines as well as sweet and exotic fruity flavours to sweet dishes.
Chia jam has been all the rage for a while now, but on the whole I’ve failed to see the attraction. However, when eating a low FODMAP diet, one of the things you need to watch out for is high FODMAP jams. A low FODMAP jam is a jam which is made with a suitably low FODMAP fruit, such as raspberries or strawberries, and is made with sucrose or glucose syrup. High FODMAP jams have got added fructose, high fructose corn syrup, glucose-fructose syrup, honey, agave syrup, sorbitol, mannitol, xylitol, maltitol, erythritol and isomalt.
Sushi is a great low FODMAP option for a meal because rice is naturally gluten-free and tends to be easy on the tummy at the best of times anyway. However, the only downside to buying ready-made sushi is that it tends to be really expensive. Actually, it’s ridiculously expensive when you consider how cheap the actual ingredients are that make up sushi: rice; seaweed wraps; cucumber; radishes; pickled ginger etc. Yes, they might be expensive to buy from some of the pricier supermarkets, but if you go to an Asian supermarket to buy your ingredients you’ll save a packet. I think the only ‘expensive’ component of sushi is if you make it with fish or seafood, but even they are available to buy as budget options nowadays.
This might sound a bit odd, but this rocky road traybake came about as an accident in a way because I’d originally set out to make a batch of chocolate tiffin with some ingredients which needed used up, but when I presented the finished bake to my family they exclaimed “Ooh! Rocky Road!”. It was only then that I realised that because I’d put marshmallows and crushed biscuits in it I’d inadvertently created a rocky road traybake. Oh well…