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For Japan with Love: An Essay (via trend & chic)

This is an important post that I wrote this morning and have just posted now on my other blog, trend & chic, about Japan and humanity. Thank you all for reading. :)

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Go Ahead Honey, It’s Gluten Free! Cream of the Crop: Dairy-Free Delights Round Up

For this month’s theme of Go Ahead Honey, It’s Gluten Free, it was dairy-free delights. This was new for many people and a great opportunity to explore and discover options or alternatives to dairy. Dairy is sometimes a tricky ingredient to replace, depending on what’s being made – in most cases I’ve been successful in replacing it but in others, not so much, or I’ve yet to find a suitable alternative. This can be tough, especially as not everyone can eat soy or rice products, for example, but slowly, there are more options becoming available for those who eat dairy-free or are lactose intolerant. Coconut milk, for example, I think is only really being picked up on now (at least in our part of the world) as really healthy and flexible to use in a variety of dishes, in both sweet and savoury.

If you’ve been wondering what to make for dinner, or dessert, or just something to nibble, there’s a great variety that you could mix and match. There’s a lot of sweets and fruity things since summer is officially here, but there are a few savoury dairy-free delights as well. Some are also grain-free, and also suitable or “legal” for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) or could be easily adapted as such.

I decided to present every dairy-free delight in the order that I received them. I would have loved to make them as they rolled in, but I didn’t have enough time, unfortunately. Thank you, Naomi, of Straight Into Bed Cakefree and Dried, the creator of this monthly blogging event, for having me hosting this month; and thank you everyone who joined in this event and helped spread the word! It would not have been possible without you. I also thank my sister, who helped me with the layout of some of the photos. (Unless otherwise noted, she does all my photo collages for me, until I’ve learned how and remember.)

First, Jamie of What On Earth Do I Eat Now? made gluten-free, vegan blueberry muffins, which are also gum-free! (Xanthum or guar gum, that is.)

A double whammy:  Chinese Five Spice Molten Chocolate Cake and Moist Chocolate Avocado Cake from The Curious Baker. I’ve seen many recipes for molten chocolate cake (alas, cannot yet say eaten many molten chocolate cakes as well) but never one with Chinese five spice. Since seeing the spice used in a cookie, I’m thinking we have a new trend going on here! Avocado and chocolate is still something on my goals list to try.

Naomi Devlin, of Straight Into Bed Cakefree and Dried and the creator of this wonderful blogging event, submitted these Dairy-Free Mango Ice Cream Lollies. I think that these ice cream lollies are really unique since it uses dried mango, which hooked me from the start.

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Go Ahead Honey, It’s Gluten Free! Dairy-Free Delights Deadline Extended

First, thank you to all the people so far who have submitted their dairy-free delights and for helping spread the word! Friday’s deadline, I realize, falls in the first week of summer holidays for some so maybe you haven’t had the time to make your dairy-free delight because of the nice weather, kids home from school, etc. Or maybe you have made your dairy-free delight already, but no pictures yet because someone’s always gobbling it up as soon as you turn your back! (It’s happened to me before, trust me.)

If you have something to submit but are just tight for time or haven’t yet had a chance to get into the kitchen, then you’ll be happy to know that I’ve extended the submission deadline to Sunday, June 27th, 2010 at midnight PST.

All the same rules apply, which I’ll repeat again here:

  • In your blog post, indicate in some way that it is for June 2010′s Go Ahead Honey, It’s Gluten-Free. Link to this entry to share the information with your readers. Get the word out!
  • Send your link on or before June 27th, 2010 to zscupoftea [at] gmail [dot] com, with the subject line, “Go Ahead Honey, Dairy-Free Delights” (without quotes). Please include a picture of the recipe in your email. Do not use my contact form to send your recipe as WordPress.com does not currently allow sending attachments via contact forms.
  • Non-bloggers are also welcome! Please email me at the specified email address above, with the subject line,”Go Ahead Honey, Dairy-Free Delights” (without quotes) and please include a picture and the recipe (recipe may be attached in a document or in the email body). If you don’t have a picture, a description would also suffice. Update: non-bloggers’ submissions will be made as guest posts after the round-up.

The round up will still go live on June 30th, 2010.

If you still need a little bit of inspiration, check out the Z’s Cup of Tea recipe index for ideas.

Thank you for all your submissions so far and dairy-free delights yet to come. See you in the round-up!