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.

Advice about cooking for allergies

I’ve realised it’s good practice to ask anyone coming to eat if they have allergies of any type first – particularly since you may be making dishes that don’t usually contain things they’d watch out for – eg. the cakes from my blog contain lemon juice and soya, so not suitable for someone with a citrus or soya allergy.
If you are cooking for someone with an allergy, always read all the labels of the ingredients thoroughly before you use them to check that they are OK and don't contain food traces that might cause a problem (when you start really researching this you discover many seemeingly innocent foods could contain allergens because of the factory they’re processed in). You might even want to get your guests to check the ingredients too, just to make sure.
You’ll also need to ensure your surfaces, utensils. baking trays etc. are scrupulously clean before cooking in case there are a few stray crumbs that might cause a problem.
Beware also of jars of jam, pickle (and similar), that could be contaminated with butter, breadcrumbs or peanut butter, or whatever. 
If you want any more advice, check out the Allergy UK website, which has many informative factsheets about dealing with food allergies (Click here)