Hi there! Is it Mother’s Day where you are? It is here in Australia, so a big hello to all the mums out there. I’ve got a couple of real treats for you here you can try for yourself, or for your mother.
But first, I’ve got some interesting news to share with you about how the bacteria in your gut changes your brain structures, and how your brain can change you gut bacteria.
Gut Bacteria Affects Brain Structure in People with IBS
There has been some really interesting research done in the last couple of years on gut bacteria. Researchers have found that gut bacteria can have an effect on mental health as well as on general health and weight.
In fact, they have found that some people with mental health issues can be significantly improved by changing the environment in their gut. Really interesting for me was hearing that some people with schizophrenia who have adopted a gluten free diet have experienced improvements in their conditions.
The latest research I read the other day has shown that, for people with irritable bowel syndrome, the bacteria in the gut seems to a direct effect on structures in the brain that have to do with response to stimuli. And changes to that area of the brain, also affect the gut.
Even more amazing was that childhood trauma seems to have a direct effect on both areas – the gut and the brain.
I’ve put the full article here so you can read all the details, and I’ve included the link to the original article I read in case you want to read more.
Mother’s Day Treats
So, for this week, given it’s Mother’s Day I thought I’d share with you a couple of recipes you can make for her special day.
I don’t know about you, but I find risotto is a real go-to dish for me when I want to knock up something easy and tasty. I always have home-made stock in the freezer I can bring out to use when I need to which makes things a bit easier. But I always tend to make too much so I was pleased one day to find Suppli which is a traditional Italian dish which uses left over risotto to make rice balls with a knob of cheese melted in the middle.
So here is my recipe for gluten free Suppli. Make your risotto the day before if you can. If not, they tend to “explode” in the oven. But if you don’t mind a little melted cheese on your plate, then you can knock up the risotto and just wait for it to cool enough to handle.
Rhubarb Tart Tatin
My next recipe builds on the gluten free puff pastry recipe I shared with you last week. I’ve had rhubarb growing in my garden for a while and I decided it was time to pick some and make something special. For some reason, it’s green, not red, at the moment. Although I notice the new growth is coming through red, so I suspect it may be because rhubarb needs it to be a bit cold to develop that traditional red colour. But it tastes just fine so I thought I’d have a go at making a version of the traditional French Tart Tatin. Instead of using apples, I used my rhubarb, and the rest of my batch of puff pastry.
It was mighty fine I have to say – with a generous dollop of cream on the side, it was a great way to finish of our meal. So here is my recipe for Gluten Free Rhubarb Tart Tatin.