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Alison Roman, sell-outs and the privilege of 'focusing on the writing'
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I’m too sad and angry and scared to think about (let alone write about) the Tory government’s abysmal and classist response to the COVID-19 threat right now. I’ve been enthralled instead by the Alison Roman drama that unfolded on Twitter over the weekend (I refuse to call it the Alison Roman/Chrissy Teigen drama). In an interview with New Consumer, nestled between descriptions of her eating habits (“I’m not a vegetarian — I eat everything — but because I live alone, I cook for myself, I don’t really cook meat for myself often”), her recipe development process (“There’s no formula. There’s

An easy green salad recipe
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I actually developed the recipe for this salad months ago, jotting down notes on a piece of paper. And then, everything changed. My tasting notes for this dish seem more poignant than ever, now that we’re all locked up inside: This salad is basically the first day of spring, in a bowl: blossoms on the floor, the first time you step out of the office in the daylight, toes in the (still freezing) ocean, running through the park at dusk and all the inspirational shit we feel when the lambs start to dance. How I’m going to sit here and

Do you need separate equipment for gluten-free baking?
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While we’re in lockdown, I’m trying to publish some posts to EatsLeeds that I’ve had sitting in the drafts for a while. Did you know that I (briefly) started a baking blog a couple of years ago? This short post was originally destined for there. As I recently spruced up the EatsLeeds Amazon shop – and many of us are spending more time than ever in our kitchens – this feels like as good a time as any to talk about what you might want to buy for you gluten-free stress-baking needs. Gluten Free Baking Equipment While cooking good food

gluten-free vegan banana bread recipe
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This is weird and scary and lonely, isn’t it? I’m in a lucky position is so many ways. My freelancing income has gone down but I’m busier than ever in my day job, and able to work from home. Andy and I are able to get a mortgage break if we need one. We’re generally healthy and my family are, for the most part, safe and well. We have access to outdoor space on the balcony, and enough money to feed ourselves well. We don’t have children, which I’m counting as a blessing right now, and – while I’m an

How to support small, local, indie businesses (while social distancing)
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This pandemic is scary. We just don’t know what’s going to happen, and we need to be kind to one another. Like many other Millennials with Boomer parents, one of my biggest worries is that they’re not taking this seriously. My husband and I are physically healthy, catching the virus myself is honestly close to the bottom of my list of fears right now. From a public health perspective though, it is so important that we stay the f at home as much as we can. Because, despite what the end-of-the-world memes and pithy social commentary would have you believe,

Where to get vegan & gluten-free food in Chapel Allerton
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Last year, I updated and published my blog guides to gluten-free food in Leeds and to vegan food in Leeds (and my downloadable guide to free-from food in Leeds). Recently though, I’ve been getting questions about the best places for free-from food in specific areas of Leeds. I might live in the city centre, but I was brought up way out in the countryside on the outskirts of Leeds, and regularly spend time in leafy suburbia. I think it’s high time for me to talk about my favourite free-from haunts across the LS postcode. As I was recently gifted a

Is buckwheat gluten-free? Chocolatey Buckwheat Breakfast Bowl
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Some of the ingredients in this recipe were kindly gifted from BuyWholeFoodsOnline.co.uk, the UK’s online store for organic, whole, healthy foods. It’s December and Christmas may be on the horizon, but early mornings in winter still feel like a frozen wasteland of darkness and fatigue. The best winter morning pick-me-up? A hearty breakfast. This vegan & gluten-free alternative to porridge is creamy, sweet and best of all: hot 🔥 This recipe works just as well as a dessert or supper, for those with a sweet tooth, or pep it up with some fancy toppings (as pictured) for a special occasion

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This post was first published on 7th September 2016 & has since been updated & republished. Tofu is a staple of most vegan kitchens, but for some reason seems to be the most commonly derided & sneered at of all the ‘vegan’ foods. I think that’s because most people have no idea how to prepare it. There are about a million-and-one ways to prepare tofu. I’m planning a big post where I gather some of my best tofu tips & recipes (be warned, I have a lot of tofu tips & recipes). First though, I wanted to update and reshare

What's in season in July?
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Sturdier greens, like cavolo nero & Swiss chard, come into season in July, as well as watermelon and some berries like raspberries, redcurrants & tayberries – perfect for topping your breakfast. July also marks the start of the school summer holidays in the UK, with lots of people choosing this month to travel. I recently published my guide to vegan & gluten-free travel, so check out that post before you jet off. July 2019 personal update Travel I don’t have any ‘abroad’ travel booked this year, but I’ve got a flying visit to Cornwall in July, to visit some old