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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).
pps.if you are cooking for someone with an allergy, please read my allergy page first.

Going like hot cakes... erm, I mean bread...

Yes, it's me again, reporting as I do with all the new and yummy things I come across! This time I wanted to let you know about a new gluten-free bread, just launched with Ocado. Sim Smith, the founder of Knead, started the business to cater for multiple-allergy sufferers. She tells me the launch quantity sold out in just three hours!
If you don't use Ocado, the bread is also available in some independent stores.
Like other gluten-free breads isn't vegan (it contains egg) but unlike many others in the genre it is yeast-free, gluten-free, dairy-free and free from cane sugar. As if that wasn't interesting enough, it has a crunchy crust and a soft and fluffy inside, and it keeps for three days.
Check out the website for more details – including a stockist list and a list of all the other amazing products they have, like cookies, carrot cake and brownies.

OFF-THE-SHELF VEGAN AND GLUTEN-FREE #2: Vegan marshmallows


I've just been at the Allergy and Free From Show and there, among the other stands, was something that got my vegan friends really excited... marshmallows! (Yeah, I wondered about the rabbits too... it's nothing to do with carrots, they are happy bunnies, apparently). Naturally, I felt compelled to try some as my duty to you all. As an inital report I can tell you they are vanilla flavoured, soft, chewy, bouncy, fluffy and generally very yummy. They are also kosher, halal and have the Vegetarian Society logo. New flavours are coming soon, apparently.

Ah, but I'm hearing your thoughts... "Yes, yes, yes that's all very well", you're all thinking, "BUT CAN YOU TOAST THEM?" Do not worry, because that is exactly the thought that occurred to me too. I duly skewered a few of them and gave them a roasting over a candle.



The answer is YES! Toasty, gooey and with a crispy blackened skin. The campfire is calling, guys...

(oh, and no you're asking "where can I get them?" Try here... they are about £2.50 for a 75g bag).