Review & Giveaway: The Allergy-Free Cook Bakes Bread: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free

Quite a few people stumble into veganism by way of researching their food because of allergies, and if you're one of those vegans The Allergy-Free Cook Bakes Bread: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free will dazzle you with its crazy-huge collection of baked delights including sweet breads, muffins, cinnamon rolls, donuts, savoury crackers, biscuits, scones, tortillas, yeast breads, rolls, pitas, bagels, and pizza crusts.

Blogger and author Laurie Sadowski delivers an amazing number of recipes free from gluten, wheat, dairy, and eggs, as well free from soy, yeast, corn, tree nuts, peanut, and citrus. This book is the most comprehensive allergy/gluten-free bread baking collection I've seen to-date.

The array of ingredients used is incredible: this way of gluten-free eating is a way to vary your diet significantly, not restrict it! There are so many flours mixed and matched throughout this book that ye olde world wheat flours start to look pretty darn dull by comparison. With 7,000 edible plants in the

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Vegans beyond the Black Stump: Outback travels in Australia

In my day, we used to blog for ten hours uphill in the snow and when we got there all we had was a 14k modem that would drop-out at 99% complete when people called and we'd have to start all over again.

I've got reviews + giveaways for Australian hemp seeds and a gluten-free baking book coming up in the next few posts. But first, a few photos I've snapped since the 2nd baby + moving to "The Outback." :)


Prettier photos to come...
Free advice: don't take the gravel road to Darwin in the wet season. It's a river.

Why Charles Darwin? Because SCIENCE!!1
Because SCIENCE!

Mindil Beach Markets
Mindil Beach Markets

Carbs = fat-burning high-life. Seratonin precursors ftw.
Eating lotsa fruit in the tropics

On the grassy knoll at high tide
Nightcliff foreshore

Fresh market things & chai
Fresh tempeh & market foods and chai

BBQ by the bay #whatveganseat #australia #outback #tropics #darwin #vegansausagesandvegetablesalloverallthehotplateshahawewin #compassion #ethics #health #ecofriendly #humanrights are #animalrights
Vegan BBQ by the bay

Sunday balloontacular
Birthday balloon fest

Monsoon is all monsoony
Monsoonal monsoon is all monsoony

NT newspaper: page 7
Local celebrities already

Superbaby
Superbaby

Your View Today #photoaday (Note: coconuts, top-left)
Out the bedroom window

Alice in an art thingy
Down by the performing arts centre

Wave pool + convention centre = obvious combination... um.
Wave pool

Wharf Precinct
Wharf Precinct

The wet season wants to eat our 4WD... FAIL. WHY U SO DRY?
The "gravel road" to Darwin in "the wet"

It burns us with its colours, precious
Burning colours, Litchfield National Park

Tolmer Falls
Tolmer Falls

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Gluten-Free Banana Muesli Pancakes

I made these from random pantry ingredients on Monday morning, posted a photo, and began receiving recipe requests immediately. So here's what I did!

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Serves 2-3 (2 hungry adults + a toddler)

½ cup rice flour ⅓ cup besan/chickpea flour (or buckwheat) ¼ cup arrowroot or tapioca starch ¼ tsp cinnamon/nutmeg/allspice/mixed spice/your favourite! ½ cup gluten-free muesli* 1 large banana 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 tsp gluten-free baking powder 1½ cups rice milk (or soy or almond) oil for cooking (I used coconut)

Mix together the flours, starch, cinnamon, and baking powder, sifting out any lumps and/or aerating with a whisk. Stir in the muesli.

In another bowl (or in a blender!), mash the banana and combine with the vanilla and milk.

Combine the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients gently until "just mixed." If your muesli contains liquid-absorbing ingredients like oats, you may need to add

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My Favourite Travelling Vegan Anthropologist

The second interview of the new My Favourite Vegan series is the first vegan I ever met: Nicole, who has been vegan for around 10 years now! In fact, I'm pretty sure I never even heard the word "vegan" until I stumbled across her Livejournal back in ye olden days when LJ was still sexily Russian-spam-free and cool...

I always admired vegetarians, and intended to go veg as soon as I could figure out how, and Nicole went a looooong way to helping me figure that out! Although I never really did until I went vegan. There were too many ethical compromises as a vegetarian, whereas veganism was consistent, healthier, and actually turned out to be easier...

Anyway!

Nicole has been travelling for many years, and currently resides in Canada! A long way from ye olde home...


Okay let's get this mofo on the road!!

How long have you been vegan?

Since February 2002! (And I went vegetarian before that

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Review: 21 Day Raw Cleanse with Jinjee

This is a follow-up to my review of the 28 Day Transition to Raw Program with Jinjee.

The Garden Diet's 21 Days Raw Summer Cleanse is coming up in a couple of weeks, and it's Jinjee's most popular program of the year. Northern hemisphere folks are slimming down for summer, while those of us in the southern hemisphere are vitamin-loading as a preventative against the cold and flu season.

A raw cleanse will help you achieve weight-loss and improved health with a supportive and safe MD-approved program, and plenty of inspiration to help you succeed. With my 2nd baby due on Saturday, jumping into a full-on cleanse is not on the cards for me right now, but extra health and vitality could be just what you need... and just what I'll need very shortly as well! As soon as I adjust to caring for my new little friend, I'll be eating even more raw food and cleansing away for as

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Review: 28 Day Transition to Raw Program with Jinjee

I've been madly sorting out my living arrangements in-between toddler-wrangling, vegan parenting interviews, tweets, and pregnant lady appointments and naps... This has also included a renewal of my passion for tasty, revitalising raw foods in my diet. I went vegan for non-violent principles and for the animals, and I'm going high-raw again for the extra health and vitality. I've been getting right in to juicing and smoothies and raw veggie soups and fresh fruit again, and feeling SO MUCH brighter and shinier as a result. Whee! ;)

Raw food can be so satisfying and tasty when you get in to the swing of things and when you have people around you who are supportive... which is what got me interested in looking into the transition programs that are out there... There are lots of "raw experts" selling magic cures and superfoods and quick fixes. But raw food doesn't have to - and shouldn't be - that complicated... or expensive! Fresh raw

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