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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!

Tweet Treats Trailer from Catherine Ryan Howard on Vimeo.

Monday, September 19, 2011


It's Monday, I got feck-all sleep, but I'm buzzing. Why? Because THIS arrived in the post! (Thanks Donna @OBrienPress!)

Sure, I'd seen the image dozens of times before, but there's something very special about holding it in your hands for the first time. Somehow it looks different (though still crazy cute!). For me, the best moment was this: 

It's been a dream of mine to have a book published ever since I was a little girl, and to finally see my name on the spine of a book... well, my eyes might have gotten a little moist. I'm only saying they might have, mind you, cos as we all know I'm tough as old nails. Ahem. 

Not only that, but as @barbarascully pointed out, I'm sharing the front cover with non other than Marco Pierre White! Ulp. It might sound bananas, but that had never really occurred to me before. It's a good thing I'd just eaten, or I might well have fainted :)

O'Brien Press have an amazingly talented in-house designer (looking at you, Emma!) who took the vague ramblings that passed for my attempt at describing how I pictured the layout of the book, and produced THIS! 

Pastel... Pretty...!

Anyway, enough of such gratuitous self-congratulation. I shall flagellate later in atonement. 

The important stuff - where can you buy this wondrous tome? And when? Well, it's available on 10th October, though you can pre-order now, and the book is available from all of these fab places:

and loads of great bookshops all over Ireland and the UK! 

Tune in tomorrow for some more utter fabulousness from a really wonderful person! Until tomorrow, you'll have to guess who that is :)


  1. Whoop, whoop and whoop some more. CONGRATS lady - this is such an amazing accomplishment. You should be very, extremely proud and then a bit more proud. Brilliant. You're an inspiration. x

  2. What a good looking book! Many congratulations on your exciting accomplishment. :)

  3. Book looks fantastic – especially like the inside pages. Can't wait to buy my copy! :-D

  4. JANE TRAVERS - take a bow! We watched conception and gestation on Twitter... and now to know that a safe birth of TWEET TREATS has finally happened. and by all accounts mother and baby are doing great!

    You are some grumpy ole wench for one grumpy ole wench!!!! Ha ha

  5. Yay! Have preordered my copy and can't wait.


  6. Wow you lot are fab! Thanks Hazel, Marisa, Catherine, Barbara and Ruth for such lovely words and wishes. Just goes to show, a little bullying can go a long long way ;)

  7. Woohoo!! Oh God, I can't imagine how you're feeling! The biggest, hugest, most ginormous congratulations!! Can you believe that it's finally here? It was fantastic to see the whole thing progress from that first twitter conversation about food - well done you for persevering and seeing it right through to the end. You've done brilliantly and you should be very proud. And a very important fact - your generosity in donating the royalties to such a fabulous charity as MSF will benefit so many people. I salute you!

    Oh, and just so you don't think I'm getting soppy on you or anything, I second what Babs said, you're a grumpy ole wench!!

    Maria x

  8. Thanks Maria! Especially for reminding me that I'm a grumpy old wench, cos today I'm in serious danger of forgetting that :)