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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Review: Aussie Hemp Seeds + Giveaway!

I'm finally giving away a bag of certified organic raw Australian hemp seeds from Hemp Foods Australia. I haven't had a whole lot of experience with hemp products since they are few and far between and "not classified for human consumption" in Australia, but I've had a few samples of the seeds and protein powder before, and these seeds, hands down, are the freshest darn things I've ever got my filthy hippie mitts on.

For those not yet in-the-know, edible hemp is not of the same variety as the drug cannabis seed. Full of omega-3 oil goodness, plenty of vitamin B, C, and E, magnesium, iron, friendly vegan proteins, and the anti-inflammatory properties that come with GLA (gamma linolenic acid) and with no risk of getting high (which may or may not be a plus depending on your personal proclivities) since it's from a different plant, you'll want to be nomming on these... but you can't in Australia! Government says

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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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1 month blog break + 1 month old!

Charlie was born on the 4th of July!

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="Family photo"]Family photo[/caption]

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="374" caption="Outfit by Grandpa"]Outfit by Grandpa[/caption]

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="Grumpy sleep!"]Grumpy sleep[/caption]

And that's a very-newborn Charlie. :)

Plenty more photos to come on my Flickr.

I've got a couple of My Favourite Vegan posts in the works, too - stay tuned!

Annnnd back to making coconut macaroons while little Charlie naps peacefully... QUICK.

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Is Soy Good Or Bad For You?

Dangers? Benefits? So much drama over a little bean!

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="240" caption="Thai Tofu Laab: tofu loaded with greens & herbs"][/caption]In my post on Friday, I mentioned one of my current favourite cookbooks called Japanese Cooking: Contemporary and Traditional that features a fair amount of soy in its recipes - perhaps a bit controversial in some health-conscious circles. But unless you've been diagnosed with a soy allergy or intolerance, being anti-soy is unnecessary: soy is safe and has a number of notable health benefits.

Over-eating soy? Over-eating almost anything is going to catch up with you eventually, but the problem with soy arises when people eat too many processed soy products, not good quality foods containing whole-beans. The fact is that everyone - vegan and non-vegan alike - who eats processed food is eating some soy - it's used as a filler and binder and protein element in so many foods, including most of

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Exploring Cookbooks + A Book Giveaway!

I've been trying out more recipes from my extensive book collection - new and old. My breakfasts were getting dull, so I've upped the variety there... and at every meal!

Apple Pie Pancakes

I usually go with Banana & Brazil nut pancakes from Ani's Raw Food Essentials, but without access to a dehydrator and a hankering for something different, I found these marvellous cake-pie hybrids from Sarah Kramer's La Dolce Vegan! and put sliced banana and date syrup on top. Epic nom. They were rather huge and filling. Next time I'd make tiny pikelet-sized cakes.

Lemon Cranberry Poppyseed Muffins

Another recipe from Sarah Kramer's La Dolce Vegan!. I'm more of a raw/flourless cake fan, but I made these for a friend who had a birthday last week. He doesn't like chocolate, but likes orange and poppyseed cake, so I went with something similar, yet different! Lemon and cranberry is a great combination of flavours. The recipe only called for

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