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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?

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Snack Attack

Happy Tuesday, all!

Or, not so happy if, like me, you're in the Republic of Ireland and yesterday was a bank holiday. Which makes this a surrogate Monday. But howandever.

The #tweettreats are continuing to come in thick and fast. Lots of new people are joining in, some of whom are very well known.  It's great to see so many new faces (avatars?) :)

Today's challenge was for snacks; the sort of thing you nibble on while watching TV or a good movie.  A huge variation of snack suggestions came in, some were really unusual; but today's rockstar just jumped straight out at me.  It is this:

"Big bag nacho chips. Tin chopped tomatoes. Chilli. Top w. cheese. More chilli. Bake till cheese melts. Add Tarantino and serve!"

How could you beat that? And today's rockstar is @joannechocolat, no other than Joanne Harris!

Tomorrow's challenge, by popular request (well, by @DazedPuckBunny and @thejayfaulkner) is for banana recipes. Anything and everything to do with bananas - do you curry them? Put them in a cocktail? I don't care, so long as it features that yellow fruit.  As ever, the best recipe will earn rockstar status.  :)

Finally, I need to reiterate again how much I appreciate the continuing efforts of so many of you to spread the word and ask people for #tweettreats. I really, really couldn't do it without all of you guys. Keep up the good work!

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