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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.

And the winner is...



Last week marked one of the most exciting nights of the year - when the winners of the Freefrom Food Awards are revealed! What always strikes me is the passion - this isn't an awards do rammed with big names (though there are increasing numbers of those). Instead it is full of really hardworking people determined to make the world a better place through food, whether that's just a staple, a ready meal or something fancy for a special occasion. 
Yes, there were winners and not winners. That is the nature of these things. But there were also a huge stack of excellent products that will help families of all types and sizes to find food to eat together.

The official list is here, but because I was at the awards ceremony I got to taste all the winning products (hurrah!) and I have a personal list of favourites, which I am happy to share with you (in no particular order though because Nutribix won the overal prize I've put it first. Well done Nutribix!).

Nutribix: Gluten-free sorgum-based version of 'wheat bisk' type cereal - and fortified too
BFree Multi-seed bagels: Usually I just look polite when eating GF bagels. This time I honestly did think they were terrific (and they're nut free too)
The Coconut Collaborative's Little Chocolate Pots: small yet perfectly formed dairy-free dessert
Perfect World Carrot Cake Ice DF cream: I didn't realise the world needed Carrot Cake ice cream. How wrong I was!
Booja-booja Hazelnut Chocolate truffles: another fine entry from the vegan truffle heroes
Tesco's Free From Garlic baguette: Unbelievably this was vegan and gluten free (though noone would guess) - keep one in the freezer and you're sorted no matter who comes for dinner