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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!

So What's This Tweet Treats Thingy All About?

Watch the brilliant 30 second trailer below and all will become clear!

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Oh, My Head!

As a natural consequence of yesterday's party theme, today's challenge was hangover cures.

Now, a lot of you thought it acceptable to advise drinking vast quantities of water and taking aspirin.  Unfortunately, I had to point out that such tweets did not recipes make!

Got some great ones in, though.  If anyone wants to try these out for efficacy, please do, and report back to me! I'd love to hear how you get on. ;)

Today's winner is the most harrowing-sounding of the bunch, and it is this:

"Hangover cure: wheatgrass shot with 1000mg vitamin C added! Sit, drink and take a few deep breaths - kill or cure!"

And today's rockstar is @CafeFresh! @CafeFresh is one of the few professionals who've contributed regularly to #tweettreat.  Run by my friend Mary, Cafe Fresh is on the top floor of the Powerscourt Townhouse Centre in Dublin, and they do absolutely delicious food for vegetarians, vegans, coeliacs, etc. :)

Now for tomorrow's challenge; self-sufficiency! Do you make elderflower cordial from flowers by the side of the road, or grow your own veg? Do you hunt for wild mushrooms, or make jam from fruit in the hedgerows? Whatever it is, if you get free food from anywhere (or grow your own) I want recipes relating to it!  Best one, as ever, will be tomorrow's rockstar and fame and fortune will surely follow. ;)

And another thing, if any of you try any of the #tweettreat recipes, please let me know how you get on, either by tweeting or in the comments here!

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