It’s been great, but now I have to say goodbye

Posted by ♦***Admin--Dia***♦ on September 8th, 2012

I have had a lot of fun over the past 4 years creating recipes, taking photos and shooting videos for this blog. I am sorry to have to say goodbye to the readers of this blog, some of you whom I have become friends with.

Some of you may know of my health problems, mainly neurological, and it is to the point now where I am no longer able to spend those long days in the kitchen. Most people won’t understand, but count yourself lucky if you don’t.

It’s been a really tough past year for me especially on so many different levels and whereas sometimes focusing on this blog helped distract me from the pain, now the pain has distracted me from this blog.

I will keep it up as it is, so you are still able to browse the many posts here and videos.

Thank you to all of the readers from 2008 on.

Farewell!

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Strawberry & Kiwi Chocolate Tart (Gluten Free, Vegan)

Posted by ♦***Admin--Dia***♦ on June 27th, 2012

Strawberry & Kiwi Chocolate Tart (Gluten Free, Vegan)

Louise, author of the blog Months of Edible Celebrations, is one of the nicest people I’ve ever met online in the cooking blog world. Each year her blog hosts a virtual summer picnic. You may have noticed I’ve played this before back in 2009, and I can’t believe it has been 3 years since I’ve last participated in this! Each blogger that takes part picks a letter and makes a dish that starts with that letter. In my case I chose the letter S because I’ve been wanting to make a strawberry tart of some sort. So here it is…

I’m going on a picnic, and I’m bringing a Strawberry & Kiwi Chocolate Tart that happens to be both gluten free and vegan ;)
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Dia’s Upside Down Spicy Radish & Bean Pie (Vegan, Gluten Free)

Posted by ♦***Admin--Dia***♦ on June 16th, 2012

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Summer is now upon us… The Olympics are coming, the radishes have finished growing and Dallas is back on television! Oh and yes, tomorrow is Father’s Day. And this year it has a whole new meaning for me! But I will digress.

Upside down spicy radish and bean pie? Am I off my rocker? Probably so, but I have spent at least a week trying to work out something completely original to do with radishes! Most people just assume you can’t cook them, but they’re wrong! Sauteed, grilled or baked, radishes taste great. They still have that nice spicy bite to them raw or cooked, so thought this would be an easy and fun recipe for you to try.
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Quick & Simple Strawberry + Banana Chocolate Chip Ice-Cream (Vegan & Gluten Free)

Posted by ♦***Admin--Dia***♦ on May 21st, 2012

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It’s getting warmer…gradually. Almost the end of May and we’ve finally hit 66 degrees Fahrenheit! Wahoo! Ice-cream vans are ring a ding dinging down the streets, but they don’t offer anything vegan. Don’t fret, because vegan ice-cream couldn’t be easier to make. Here is a simple and quick recipe that will give you ice-cream in 10 minutes or less, and no ice-cream machine is required.
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A Healthy Double Chocolate Chip Cookie? That’s Right! (Gluten Free & Vegan)

Posted by ♦***Admin--Dia***♦ on May 6th, 2012

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It is possible to have a healthy double chocolate chip cookie. Let’s remember what it is that makes a cookie unhealthy… Usually the butter, the eggs and the refined sugar. Even though all of my recipes on here are vegan, and I never use real butter or eggs, the vegan spread or “vegan butter” depending on which brand you use, can be filled with some type of vegetable oil. Most brands, especially in the UK, are basically solidified vegetable oil that you can spread on your toast in the morning or use to bake with.

Replacing the butter or vegan spread in these cookies with avocado immediately lowers them in trans fatty acids and adds the wonderful vitamin C.

Now if you just can’t stand the idea of chocolate cookies tasting like avocado, don’t worry! You can’t taste it. You are getting all of the healthy benefits by using avocado without it messing with the overall flavor. Trust me these are some tasty chocolate goodies right here! Continue reading »

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