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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My Favourite Macrobiotic Vegan Chef + Recipe: Coconut Bliss Granola

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Say hello to Christy Morgan from The Blissful Chef!

She has a smashing new recipe book coming out called Blissful Bites that you can preorder now!

What inspired your new book Blissful Bites?

Over the years as a business owner (meal delivery, personal chef and teacher) I created many recipes and wanted to be able to share those with others. So I started blogging and joined the Meatless Monday campaign to showcase my healthy, vegan macrobiotic-influenced recipes with the world. I felt like I had something to share that wasn't out there already; a philosophy that mixed veganism, macrobiotics, raw food, allergy-free diets, and a general sense of well-being from food. When I ate in a clean way I felt better than ever and wanted to share that experience with others. So that is when The Blissful Chef was born, and Blissful Bites was conceived from that.

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Blissful Bites is for anyone that wants to experience pure bliss or happiness

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My Favourite Vegan Aussie Cookbook Author (+ Tofu Saag!)

After talking to Leigh over the interwebs for some time, I recently met her at Greenfest in Brisbane, Australia, where she was giving cooking demonstrations! So here she is as My Favourite Vegan Aussie Cookbook Author!

... You are Australian? Just checking!

[caption id="attachment_2084" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Leigh cooking!"]Leigh cooking![/caption]Yup, definitely Australian.  Queensland born, even (Toowoomba).

What are you working on at the moment?

I’m working on my second cookbook, currently with the working title of Wrapped in Pastry – it’s a set of recipes using shortcrust, puff and filo pastry to create pies, tarts and rolls that are vegan, mostly soy free and can be made gluten free.  I am publishing through aduki independent press, who also published my first cookbook Vegan Indulgence.

I think my favourite recipes so far out of this new book are Creamy Chickpea, Leek and Mushroom Pies, Party Sausage Rolls, Cherry Strudel and Lemon and Passionfruit Tart. Though my

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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...


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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Natural Cruelty-Free Bathroom & Beauty Products - Part 3: What I Use + DIY Natural Homemade Deodorant Recipe + Hair Dye!

This is part 3 of a 3-part series about Natural Cruelty-Free Bathroom & Beauty Products. Check out Part 1: Top 6 Things to Avoid and Part 2: Top 6 Things to Look For.

What I Use

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Most of the products are organic or primarily organic ingredients - which tends to be the case when buying vegan bathroom products.

Black container - homemade deodorant: recipe below!
Red container - baking soda - for hair and teeth
Jason Powersmile toothpaste - in most vegan shops
UV Natural Baby sunscreen SPF30+ - common in health shops internationally
Extra Virgin Coconut Oil from the health shop - face/body/hair moisturiser, and contrary to popular belief, this oil does NOT encourage sun damage - it has an SPF of up to 8, depending on the quality!
Alba sea salt body scrub - or it was until I refilled it myself with salt, essential oils, and more coconut oil! Alba stuff is

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New Feature: My Favourite Vegan + Spaghetti & Tofu Balls recipe + Book Giveaway!

In my new My Favourite Vegan feature I'll be seeking out and interviewing interesting vegans from all walks of life. If you would like to be included, please get in-contact with me! n00bs and long-term vegans are all welcome. :)

My first Favourite Vegan is Sarah from Stuff About Stuff. Sarah has a great new vegan parents feature at her blog. I was her first interview subject, and she's already up to #7! Sarah has also shared her favourite recipe: Spaghetti with Tofu Balls! Yummy.

And finally the start of my book giveaway! I'm starting with a copy of The Vegan Girl's Guide to Life: Cruelty-Free Crafts, Recipes, Beauty Secrets and More! Check out the details below...

My Favourite Crafty Mum Vegan

How are parents and children important in the vegan movement?
When people see healthy vegan children and even healthy pregnant ladies they will start to question the myths that it's not safe for these stages of life. The vegan

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