About

Hi there!

I'm Stephanie – born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, I am a marketer by trade and a food lover and blogger by heart. This is my blog, Friendly Little Kitchen, a special place to share the love and joys of food, where I hope you may be inspired.

At the end of 2011 I was diagnosed with fructose malabsorption and lactose intolerance. I committed to cut gluten, lactose and excess fructose from my diet to get my health back on track, which included following the 'low FODMAP' diet. My world was turned upside down. I didn't know what to do or where to start, and was forced back to basics in the kitchen – white rice, carrot sticks, shake’n’bake desserts. How was I going to survive!? Well, it was challenging to begin with, but after feeling the amazingly positive effects of my new approach to eating, I have never looked back and am healthier than ever. I would never have imagined that I would learn to love this way of eating. My family have all embraced much of my diet too, especially my lovely sister Rebecca, who encouraged me to start this blog, and my boyfriend and self-nominated 'recipe tester', Robbie. You can read more about the low FODMAP diet here. Though strict, I wholeheartedly vouch for it if you too have fructose malabsorption.

What you’ll find in Friendly Little Kitchen is food, recipes and the bright side of living with intolerances. I hope to inspire you with simple cooking ideas, with gluten, dairy, healthy and fructose friendly alternatives, great Melbourne restaurant finds and my love of all of the above.

I like cooking simple, fun meals, experimenting with natural and organic ingredients, and especially baking sweet treats. I’m not too hung up on fancy presentation – just as long as it tastes good!

Enjoy,

Steph 





I'd love to hear from you! Feel free to contact me with comments and questions at friendlylittlekitchen@gmail.com. You can also find me here on social media Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | Bloglovin.




17 comments:

  1. Hi Steph, I found your blog whilst looking for recipes for my mum and grandma, both have been diagnosed with fructose malabsorption in the last few years. My mum lost a lot of weight initially, she as afraid to eat nearly everything. It is so great that there are blogs like yours now with a huge variety of recipes available. Can't wait to try some :)

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    1. Hi Kacie, thanks so much for your comment! I'm glad you found my blog too ;) accommodating to fructose malabsorption is such a huge adjustment so I understand your mum's pain! But I hope she's no longer afraid, there's so much amazing food we can still eat. Enjoy the recipes and all the best :) Steph

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  2. Hi Steph
    I'm in Victoria too .... so glad to have found your blog ..
    I'm on week 7 of Low FODMAP .. yes its challenging .... but so is life ;)

    xoxo Carly

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    1. Hi Carly, thanks for getting in touch! Good luck eating low fodmap, it only gets easier and easier I promise. Feel free to email me if you have any questions :)
      Steph x

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  3. Steph your going to make a lot of people around the world very happy. Imagine not being able to eat cake?! Now they can with your help :) and I'm spreading the word!!! @Robonoakes

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    1. Rob, thanks so much for your kind words. Not eating cake is an awful thought!!
      Steph x

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  4. Hi Steph
    Just found your blog and your recipe for red fish curry. So very happy!
    Cathy

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    1. Hi Cathy, I'm so glad to hear. I hope you enjoy the curry!
      Steph xo

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  5. Hi Steph,
    Very cool blog you have going! I'm from Melbourne as well - do you know of any super amazing places to eat that have low FODMAP things? I tried one a while ago, but it was just tasteless :(
    Thanks,
    Hannah

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    1. Hi Hannah,
      Thank you, and for getting in touch. I'm glad you asked as I can tell you many super tasty places I've eaten FODMAP friendly around Melbourne! What kind of food are you after? And what area of Melbourne?
      Steph xo

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    2. Hi Steph, I'm also after some good gluten free and/or low FODMAP restaurants around Melbourne. Do you think you could post some that you've found?
      Any area and any kind of food!
      Thanks,
      Annie

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  6. hello
    thanks for this page!!!
    its great.
    next week I have to start with the fodmap diet.
    this page makes everything better!
    thanks gr kiki fromHolland

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    1. Hello :) my pleasure! Good luck beginning the diet, it only gets easier I promise.

      Steph

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  7. hello Steph, my son Joel Harris made me aware of your blog now that I have been placed on a low FODMAPs diet, I'm so thrilled to find something like this on the net. I'm a great cook and huge fan of food but this has really thrown me a daunting challenge, thanks for you blog, Lynette Harris

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    1. Hi Lynette! Thanks so much for the kind words. I'm glad Joel directed you here too ;) good luck with the transition.

      Steph

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  8. would you be able to post a blog on paleo/gluten free cafes/restaurants around the Sydney/Central Coast area??
    I love your blog btw!!

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    1. Thank you :) unfortunately I don't know Sydney well enough to provide recommendations, but it's certainly something I could look at doing down the track with suggestions from readers like yourself!

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