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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.

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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.

A dinner party you don't have to cook



If hosting a dinner party stresses you out, then you're not alone. And if the cooking is the worst part, there's now a convenient solution.
Apparently, nearly three quarters (72 per cent) of people* admitted that they found hosting a dinner party a stressful experience, with over a third (37 per cent) planning their menu two weeks in advance. In addition, one third of hosts (37 per cent) even dream about their event in the lead up.
It's the food preparation and cooking that is considered the most stressful hurdle though (41 per cent of those surveyed). This was followed by ensuring guests are happy and having fun (25 per cent), getting the shopping organised (10 per cent) and planning the evening (6.5 per cent). Debbie Salter is MD of MyChef, a new chef-comes-to-your-house-and-does-the-cooking-for-you. She said: “More people are choosing to entertain family and friends from the comfort of their own home, both for convenience and financial reasons, but the expectations of what will be served have increased since the party’s heyday in the 80s. That’s why we created My Chef, a new fully vetted service offering the full dinner party service, meal planning and the best chefs, all from your own home without any of the hassle.”
However, as with all these things, the question I had to ask was: is this relevant to anyone who can't have gluten, or dairy or eggs, or has a vegan diet. And apparently the answer is yes - the team says the service is designed to be completely tailored to the customer's dietary or personal needs.
Many of the chefs have experience working in Michelin starred or Rosette environments, and the service includes all of the planning, preparation and clearing up. See www.mychefonline.co.uk.


* The survey questioned 2,000 people across the UK who have hosted a dinner party - it was commissioned by My Chef and run by OnePoll.