I am a real fan of Ottolenghi’s work, his recipes are delicious, but unfortunately they do contain lots of ingredients high in Fodmaps, so not that great for people with IBS. This weekend however was a bit different – a recipe suitable for the Low Fodmap diet was published in the Guardian magazine. I have tweaked it a little, because I feel that if you are posting a recipe it needs to be referenced to the original source and modified – this is the only time I have, so far. The recipe was for pickled baby turnips – I have added baby turnips and radishes (for colour) and a little Worcestershire sauce into the pickle mix. This mix will last a few days in the fridge but no longer, as thorough sterilizing techniques have not been employed.


Pack of baby turnips (you can use standard turnip around 200g chopped)

5-6 Radishes

1/4 of a carrot spiraled and cut into short lengths

1 stick of fresh turmeric (you can use powdered but this will likely cloud the pickle liquor)

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

2 teaspoons of granulated sugar

120ml White wine or rice vinegar

175ml Water

1 teaspoon of salt


Chop the turnips and radish into quarters, wash thoroughly.

Pour the water, Worcestershire sauce and vinegar into the pan and add the sugar.

Warm and dissolve the sugar and heat to a rolling boil.

Take off the heat and cool. Add the vegetables, turmeric and salt.

Add to a jar and refrigerate.

These vegetables taste great with cold cuts of meat – don’t be too concerned that they contain a little sugar to counteract the sharpness of the vinegar. You will not be eating the pickling liquor, so it is really not a great amount of sugar that you will be adding into your diet.

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I am a state registered dietitian and advisor to The IBS Network, the UK charity for people with irritable bowel syndrome. My specialty is dietary treatment of gut disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome, crohns disease, ulcerative colitis, coeliac disease, lactose & fructose malabsorption and complex food intolerances. I also have experience in dietetic treatment of people who have bariatric surgery and weight management.

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