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Three and a half years ago I became vegetarian. Three and a half weeks ago, anticipating a certain health diagnosis at any time, I also gave up all added sugar in my diet. My mother is of a certain generation and, although a very good cook, struggles to know what to offer guests with specific dietary restrictions. She once had a vegetarian and a coeliac for dinner at the same time, and nearly lost her reason! So, the idea for this blog was born. Every recipe that features here will be vegan (and, obviously, vegetarian), gluten free, sugar free, lactose and dairy free, and suitable for people on a low sodium diet. That's right, you read that correctly. Even if you have guests with each of these restrictions coming to the same meal, everything here is safe for them. And, before you expect weird and wonderful ingredients to make an appearance, everything I'm using can be bought in larger branches of all major supermarkets - you don't even need to visit health food stores. Try the recipes and tell me what you think!

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Be self-sufficient

Sorry for the late bloggage tonight tweeps, but you lot didn't get your fingers out with the self-sufficient #tweettreat recipes until well into the afternoon. That makes it your fault.  Right, glad we've got that clear.

So anyway, today's challenge was for recipes of a self-sufficient nature; foods found wild, culled from the hedgerows, grown yourself, etc.  I didn't get many, which probably shows you're all as supermarket-dependent as I am.  I did, however, get a few for jam that sound so easy, I may even attempt it myself... one day....

There was one recipe, though, which was rather stonkingly weird.  I liked it so much it beat all the jams and preserves hands down, and it is this:

"Beech Gin: Fill a bottle with young beech leaves, fill with gin, leave for 2 weeks, strain, add sugar to taste. Drink!"

I think it's the admonition to "Drink!" at the end that really appeals - it sounds as though it should be accompanied by "Feck!" and "Girls!" ;)

Anyway, today's rockstar is a newcomer to #tweettreat, @honno! Well done you, and can we have a few more weird recipes please? ;)

Right, tomorrow's challenge - since it appears to actually be summer - is salads.  Warm salads, cold salads, fruit salads, salad dressings - knock yourselves out!

Bear in mind the terrific cause that we're doing this for, and that is Medecins sans Frontieres.  It is for this cause that you guys have donated 642 recipes to date. Keep it up!

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