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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, June 9, 2010

We're going Bananas over here!

Welcome to Wednesday!

The last 24 hours have been very exciting on #tweettreat.  Not only have we passed the 1,000th recipe mark - yes, we're now at 1,008 - but we've also been joined by several other well-known names.  Such as:

@SJRestaurant - St John Restaurant
@justcookit - Masterchef finalist Alex Rushmer
@TheBobbyBall - comedian Bobby Ball
@fionalooney - writer, journalist and playwright
@Paul_Cornell - Novelist, comics and TV writer, notably for Doctor Who, Coronation Street, Primeval
@shobnagulati - Actress best known for her portrayal of Sunita in Coronation Street

 - and they're just the notables who've joined us recently!  #Tweettreat seems to be really taking off, which is enormously gratifying. However, it certainly wouldn't be anywhere close to where it is now, if it weren't for a group of very helpful people - @mduffywriter @rebeccaebrown @NettieWriter @LevParikian @TheJayFaulkner @cathyby and @chiddle84 - who are now the self-styled #teamtweettreat! I'm very grateful to them all, and to everyone else who RTs and spreads the word. :)  I'm also terrified I've left someone out; if so, my humble apologies!

Now, today's challenge was for banana recipes, and our rockstar is this:

"Cuban rice: Serve boiled rice with fried egg, tomato puree and fried bananas."

I chose that because it was so unusual; today's rockstar is @SCallejo! Well done.

Tomorrow's challenge is for appetisers, starters, whatever you like to call them; I don't have enough, and I need more!

See you all tomorrow. :)


  1. *Gasp* Oh, no, I've lost my speech for prizes, I'm speechless. Thanks, thanks, thanks. So much better than the Orange Prize, I got a Banana Prize.

  2. Heehee! I like that, a very topical joke. ;)