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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).
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OFF-THE-SHELF VEGAN AND GLUTEN-FREE #1: Waitrose pilau rice


Welcome to my new series on quick-and-easy vegan and gluten-free foods from around the supermarket. Some are designed for making your life easier, the others are foods that might surprise you!

The first on my list is Waitrose's 'Colourful spinach and carrot pilau rice', which makes a tasty lunchtime snack as it requires only three minutes in the microwave. I like to liven it up with a dollop of lime pickle or mango chutney.

Look out for more soon!

Even Gwyneth goes vegan

It's not often you hear about vegan celebs but a friend of mine passed on this article from the Daily Mail about Gwyneth and her new book, It's All Good (written by Gwyneth and Julia Turshen). Gwyneth went on a strict elimination diet after suffering a health scare. It required her to eat a diet with no coffee, no alcohol, no dairy, no eggs, no sugar, no shellfish, no deepwater fish, no potatoes, no tomatoes, no bell peppers, no aubergines, no corn, no wheat, no meat, no soya, nothing processed at allideally for ever. Anyhow, she teamed up with a friend to create a book of recipes that would suit such a lifestyle, many of which are vegan
 
 It's All Good is an impressive book - the photos look terrific (so important these days for moments of gastro-longing) and there are some great recipes. I'm particularly jealous of 'many-mushroom soup'... somehow the alliteration really appeals to the writer in me! However, those needing to avoid gluten should beware because many of the ingredients (such as miso paste and fish sauce) are not gluten-free as standard. In addition, even though Gwyneth specifies no soya, she does actually use tofu and soy sauce (and technically, she also uses wheat in the form of spelt...)!
 
But I leave the final verdict to you. Here's the link - check out the story and take a look at the recipes! 

And I like this one... spicy sweet potato soup that is both vegan and gluten-free.