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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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Monday, May 24, 2010

New Ways with New Potatoes

Hi all,

Hope everyone enjoyed the weekend? It was altogether too hot for me, though I did spend a few pleasant hours at the Blessington lakes exhausting my dogs. ;)

Anyway, your challenge for today was recipes for new potatoes.  It's a narrow sort of area, but I got lots of recipes from you all, and I now have 681 recipes!  This was one of the hardest categories to judge, since all the recipes were so good.

After much deliberation I've chosen the following rockstar recipient because it is an entire meal rather than just a side dish:

"Boil Newpots&leafy greens,saute onion/3 garlic cloves&pancetta in oliveoil.Add to crush pots/greens. Top poached egg."

And today's rockstar is.... @Candida6! Well done!

Given the weather, the only challenge I could think of was summer related.  Tuesday's challenge is barbeques; I'm looking for recipes for marinades, salads, drinks - anything at all that you would serve at a BBQ. As ever, the best one earns rockstar status.

Remember, all proceeds of the #tweettreat book will go to Medecins sans Frontieres, and every individual recipe will be credited to its owner. :)

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