Intro

What's WIDE CIRCLE COOKING about?
I blog information, news and recipes about gluten-free, wheat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, alcohol-free and vegan cooking. Right now I've been working on an exciting project where I avoid refined sugar and create recipes using a range of healthier alternatives.

Happy cooking!

ps. ask all guests if they have an allergy (because the recipes use some unusual combinations and they may not expect to find citrus and soya in the chocolate cake, for example).
pps.if you are cooking for someone with an allergy, please read my allergy page first.

Hazelnuts and coconuts are my latest discoveries!

Alpro's new Hazelnut Drink is pretty ace and well worth a try for anyone who's ever enjoyed a hazelnut yogurt. It's great on its own, but where it really scores is made up as a latte - it makes a fantastic non-sweet version of a conventional hazelnut latte, which can be too syrupy for my liking.
Also worth a try is Kara's Dairy Free Milk (made from coconut milk) - I think it's tastes more similar to cow's milk when eaten with cereal than either soya milk or rice milk, and reckon it would work well in cooking. I found both of these in Waitrose, but I think Tesco also sells the Kara coconut, plus it has Alpro's Almond Milk (off to try that soon!).

Interesting nutritional facts about hazelnuts (from www.nutrition-and-you.com)
Hazelnuts contain oleic acid and linoleic acid (good for preventing heart disease) and are rich in folic acid too (good for expectant mothers). They are also high in fibre, vitamin E and several B vitamins. If that wasn't enough, they also contain manganese, potassium, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, zinc and selenium!