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.

Why you should go to the Allergy & Free From Show



July 3-5, 2015 in London's Olympia is where it will all be at... and by all I mean the best place to find new products in the allergy/coeliac sector. This show has gone from strength to strength over the years - this year it is not only sponsored by Udi's, but also partnered by Allergy UK, Coeliac UK, National Eczema Society, and Anaphalaxis Campaign  - if that isn't a ringing endorsement, I don't know what is.
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Top 10 tips for making the most of the show

1. Try the samples!
Lots of companies offer tasting samples of their wares - this is the way to explore all the amazing new products. Especially useful if you have a prescription for coeliac disease and find it hard to choose between the products listed from your pharmacy.

2. Chat to the people
The allergy/freefrom sector is full of small companies, many with personal stories behind their businesses. They're a friendly bunch, so it's always worth saying hello.

3. Bring a rucksack
You will be overwhelmed by the choice of delicious foods - and will want to take loads of it home with you! Come prepared.

4. Take lots of cash
It can be hard to use plastic cards at the event, so take plenty of cash to be on the safe side.

5. Shop the offers
As well as lower prices on many products, you will probably also find lots of discount vouchers that can be used at a later date - make the most of it!

6. Be adventurous
The show is the place to investigate new ingredients. You'll probably have never heard of some of them, but the stand holders are always happy to explain. Last year, lucuma powder was my new discovery!

7. Get inspired
Sainsbury's is sponsoring the kitchen where it will showcase top chefs in live cookery demonstrations. Don't go home without picking up some recipe cards!

8. Find out more
Schär, a well-respected gluten-free food manufacturer, is sponsoring talks from experts in allergy, eczema, coeliac disease and asthma. Rest your feet and learn more about the latest research and the issues affecting you. The programme is here.

9. Let the kids go hunting
The show's Allergy Adventures team have a special place for kids to learn and enjoy - and new this year is a fun fact find hunt around the show.

10. Relax
Phew! After all of that, I can recommend a nice sit down in the show's Free From Cafe, where a delicious gourmet menu (or just sandwiches) suitable for a whole range of diets, will be available to enjoy. Cheers!