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.

Footloose and gluten-free in London - to mark Coeliac Awareness Week

Monday May 12 kick's off Coeliac UK's Coeliac Awareness Week - if you fancy something gluten-free in London, hand-crafted Czech gluten-free lager brand CELIA has arranged several events - just click on the links for more details:


Chef Swap | Mon 12th May 2014 | 7 - 11pm @ The Truscott Arms
The team behind CELIA-inspired eatery Vozars, the first café, deli and restaurant in London to be fully wheat and gluten free, will be leaving their home in Brixton Village to take over the kitchen at The Truscott Arms, a gastro pub in Maida Vale, to show off their inspired gluten-free recipes.

CLIVE & CELIA: A Marriage of PIE & BEER | Tues 13th May 2014 | 6 - 10pm @ Vozars
For one night only the team from Clive’s Pies, organic bakers of delicious free-from foods, are teaming up with lager aficionados CELIA for a pop-up foodie evening of pie-based appreciation.

Diary Days | May 18th - Aug 17th 2014 | 6.30 - 8.30 pm @ Vozars
Everyone has gone through a Bridget Jones phase. This evening of diary confessionals will see people reading fun, albeit cringe-worthy, excerpts from their old diaries in CELIA’s fun, Brixton village based restaurant Vozars (3rd Sunday of every month). Read more about the event here.

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I have finally ticked off 'Join Twitter' on the to-do list I have been mentally chastising myself with for months... so if you'd like to follow my updates, retweets and general musings you can do so at @WideCircle1 on www.twitter.com.


The Great Dairy-free 'Milk' Taste Test

The kind people at Rude Health sent me a whole box of dairy-free 'milks' as part of the relaunch of their Oat Drink (from June it will be gluten-free), which is pretty exciting. It was a great opportunity to do a tasting – after all how often do you get the chance to try a whole collection of these milk alternatives in one go?
So I got some friends round, we put our best wine tasting skills to a slightly unusual use and started to sip, swirl and generally mull over tastes and aftertastes. As well as an almond drink, oat drink and rice drink we added Alpro unsweetened soya milk, Koko's coconut dairy-free alternative and some real milk.
What I learnt is that they are wildly different - much more different than I was expecting, in fact.

As a rough guide, this is what we found:

- Almond drink: Naturally sweet with an almost floral taste - tasted sweeter than real milk.
- Rice drink: Another naturally sweet drink, but this time with quite a neutral taste. Probably my least favourite in terms of drinking it purely by itself.
- Soya milk: Really quite an earthy flavour that did make you think a bit of beans. Slightly bitter with no obvious sweetness.
- Oat drink: Among my favourites, though this wasn't shared by everyone. There was a smooth initial flavour that was probably the most similar to actual dairy milk of all the types we tried, though there was also a slightly bitter aftertaste.
- Koko dairy free: Slightly sweet with a trace of coconut flavour and a creaminess that lingered.
- Real milk: The semi-skimmed I tried seemed overly creamy after all that lot and to be honest wasn't even the nicest of all the drinks available.

The moral of the story is, if you've decided to go dairy-free and think you'll miss your milk, I urge you to try one of the options above instead as I think you'll be pleasantly surprised (especially if you're not a soya fan)! Now all we need to do is try to make cheese out of them...