Gluten Free Vegan on a Budget eBoook

My latest recipe book is now available to buy for Kindle. This book contains twenty one of my own gluten free vegan recipes. For each recipe I have avoided using expensive or difficult to obtain ingredients and have instead used foods that are easily available and naturally gluten free and vegan. A few of the recipes do include vegan cheese and gluten free pasta but these are now stock by many supermarkets and health food shops. The recipes also do not require any specialist equipment, although a food processor or blender of some kind is useful.

Most of the recipes serve two people but can easily be made for more by increasing the ingredients. From various groups and talking to others I have found it is common that only one person in a family or household will be vegan and/or gluten free, so it felt more practical to have recipes that could be made in smaller amounts with no adaptations.

Each recipe is accompanied by a full colour photograph of the dish and this book also contains a list of ideas for jacket potato fillings and seven delicious healthy smoothie recipes.

Gluten Free Vegan on a Budget can be downloaded here for Kindle readers or for use with apps for PCs and Android and Apple devices.

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Cheap Gluten Free Goodies at Approved Food *23/04/2016*

Approved Food is a large online retailer of short dated and residual food and drink stock. Some of the items are close to or past their best before dates. Unlike ‘use by’, a best before date is the manufacturers estimate of when the product will be at its best and doesn’t refer to when it will become unusable or unsafe to eat. The vast majority of items are perfectly safe and no different once the best before date has past.
The Approved Food website states it can save you up to 70% on your food shop. Adding on the bonus of convenient online shopping and delivery, it really is worth trying out. Most of their items are store cupboard and other packaged homes such as crisps, snacks, bread and cake mixes, sauces and drinks. There are also toiletries, household cleaners, pet items and some fresh fruit and veg. The site often has cheap gluten free foods and sometimes dairy free as well at greatly reduced prices. When I made an order yesterday this is what I found:

Granovita gluten free tomato ketchup 380g – 59p each or 2 for £1. RRP –
£1.60 each.

Orgran gluten free fruit filled biscuits. Raspberry flavour. 175g – 99p each. RRP – £2.20 each.

Iiumi gluten free chicken gravy 300g – 89p each or 2 for £1.50. RRP – £1.75 each.

Orgran gluten free all purpose pastry mix 375g – 99p each or 2 for £1.50. RRP – £2.75 each.

Gullon gluten free cookies 200g – £1.49. RRP – £1.99.

Dietary specials gluten free multi purpose mix 1KG. £1.49. RRP – £4.99.

Savvy gluten free sweet sesame date  spread 200g. 99p. RRP – £3.95.

Savvy gluten free sweet sesame, carob and honey spread 200g. 99p. RRP – £3.95.

Orgran outback animals chocolate cookies 175g. 99p. RRP – £3.39.

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Jewellery Making Tutorials Update *April 2016*

Jewellery making tutorials

 

I have been selling my jewellery making tutorials through the Jewelry Lessons website since 2010 and have met many lovely people there. Sadly the site will be closing in June 2016 and no further sales will be possible. After careful consideration I have decided to reopen my Etsy shop and will be adding all of my downloadable tutorials for sale there. So far I have added fourteen jewellery making tutorials. Most are macramé tutorials but there are also some others. The process is taking a bit of time as I have to edit the original files to remove some aspects related to Jewelry Lessons and in some cases change the layout to make best use of the remaining space. I am hoping to have them all moved over by June.

Each of my jewellery making tutorials features step by step instructions and high quality colour photographs that show you how to create a unique piece of jewellery. A few of the tutorials require you to have some prior knowledge but most are suitable for beginners as they explain everything you need to know. Over time I plan to edit my older macramé tutorials to include knotting instructions in the same way the newer ones have. My macramé jewellery making tutorials also include information on how to create a simple macramé board and explanations of some commonly used terms.

 

The new Elderberry Arts shop on Etsy is called ElderberryTutorials and all the tutorials will be available there. Facebook pages also have a great feature that allowed me to link the Etsy shop with the Elderberry Arts fan page. This means that if you head over to the page and click on the ‘My Etsy Shop’ tab ait will display all the listed jewellery making tutorials. Clicking on any item then sends you to the Etsy site to read the full details and purchase if you wish. I will also add the Etsy shop widget on the site here, which works in much the same way.

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Beany Veg Pie (vegetarian, vegan, gluten, dairy, egg, wheat and nut free recipe)

Beany Veg Pie (vegetarian, vegan, gluten, dairy, egg, wheat and nut free recipe)

This veggie recipe is based on a traditional shepherds or cottage pie. The meat has been replaced with delicious and nutritious vegetables and beans to create this hearty and comforting dish. The baked beans could be replaced with a tin of drained haricot or cannelloni beans if preferred. I have also made the pie and substituted some of the potato for sweet potato or butternut squash for variation.

You can find the complete recipe as well a some facts about potatoes and haricot beans here.

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Gluten Free Vegan Creamy Mushroom Pasta

Serves 4

1 red onion, thinly sliced
100g (3.5oz) mushrooms – these can be one type or a mixture of your favourites
Olive oil
300g (10.5oz) gluten free dried pasta
500ml of dairy free white sauce – bought or homemade
Freshly ground salt and black pepper

  1. Cook the pasta according to the packet instructions. Drain and rinse with hot water so it does not stick together.
  2. Fry the mushrooms and sliced onions in a little oil until soft.
  3. Add the white sauce to the mushrooms and onions. Stir well to combine.
  4. Add the cooked pasta and cook while stirring to heat the pasta through.
  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve.

 

Gluten and dairy free creamy mushroom pasta

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Butternut Squash and Tomato Soup (vegan and Gluten Free)

This recipe is perfect for the cooler autumn days and is not only a healthy choice full of fresh ingredients but is also gluten, wheat, milk, egg, nut and soya free. The recipes is also suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

The finished soup can be successfully frozen as a whole or in portion sizes, which is particularly useful if you are the only person following a gluten free, dairy free, vegan or vegetarian diet in your household as it means you can have a nutritious meal or snack ready in a short time. The soup can be served on its own or with croutons, bread or toast for a more substantial meal. The consistency can be adjusted to suit your tastes simply by adding more or less of the vegetable stock at the blending stage. If you are unsure how much to add it is always best to add a small amount, blend and test. You can always add more if the soup is too thick but cannot take it back out easily if you add too much and end up with a thin watery finished soup.

This healthy butternut squash and tomato soup would also be delicious made a little thinner and served in mugs as a cup a soup on chilli autumn nights or around a bonfire.

Serves 6
Large butternut squash
10 ripe tomatoes
2 red onions
1 clove of garlic, peeled
1 red chilli (remove the seeds for less heat)
2 tbsp olive oil
1 litre (2 pints) vegetable stock (check for gluten and milk ingredients if needed)
Salt and pepper

1. Preheat the oven to 375F/190C/Gas Mark 5. Peel the butternut squash and cut it in half, remove the seeds and chop into 2cm cubes.

2. Halve the tomatoes, and peel and thickly slice the onions.

3. Place the butternut squash, tomatoes, onions, chilli and garlic into a roasting tray, pour over the oil and mix well to coat the veg. Cover the tray with foil and bake for 30 minutes, checking after 20 minutes.

4. Once the vegetables are tender place everything into a food processor or blender with half of the vegetable stock. Blend until smooth. Check the soup for thickness and add the rest of the stock or part of it as required to achieve the desired consistency.

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Dairy and Gluten Free Chocolate Crispy Squares

These dairy and gluten free chocolate crispy squares are suitable for vegetarians and vegans and make a delicious treat at any time. the mini marshmallows melt easier but if you have trouble finding these, normal marshmallows can be cut into small pieces using scissors.

To vary the recipe different types of chocolate could be used including those that contain nuts or dried fruits, These dairy and gluten free chocolate crispy squares are great made using a milk dark chocolate.

Dairy and Gluten Free Chocolate Crispy Squares (Vegan/Vegetarian)

Ingredients

Crispy Cakes

3 cups of rice crispy cereal
5oz (140g) mini marshmallows
¼ cup dairy free spread
½ cup dairy free chocolate or chocolate nut spread
Chocolate Topping

1 cup dairy free chocolate or chocolate nut spread
1 ½ cups dark chocolate (or dairy free milk chocolate)

  1. Measure out the cereal into a bowl ready to use. Line a 15cm baking dish or pan with greaseproof paper or clingflim.
  2. Place the mini marshmallows and butter into a pan and heat gently. Keep the heat low so that they do not burn and stir often until almost completely melted.
  3. Keep the heat turned down low and add the chocolate spread to the marshmallow and butter mix. Stir well to combine.
  4. Stir in the crispy cereal and mix well so that they are all coated with the chocolate marshmallow mixture. At first it may seem like there isn’t enough but as you continue to stir it will cover the cereal fine.
  5. Spoon the mixture into the prepared dish and allow to cool slightly. Press the mix down to firm up the crispy cakes.
  6. Put the chocolate topping ingredients into a pan and heat gently, stirring until melted and smooth.
  7. Pour the topping over the crispy cakes and spread with the back of a spoon. Allow to harden before cutting into pieces with a sharp knife to serve.

 

Super Easy Homemade Dairy and Gluten Free Chocolate Nut Spread
Ingredients

300g dark chocolate (or other dairy free chocolate)
454g jar of peanut butter

You will also need a lidded container large enough to hold approximately twice the amount of peanut butter.

  1. Empty the peanut butter into a large bowl.
  2. Break up the chocolate into small pieces and melt it, either slowly in a microwave or in a suitable dish over a pan of boiling water. Stir the chocolate every so often.
  3. Once the chocolate is melted and smooth pour it onto the peanut butter. Begin stirring the mixture straight away to combine the two.
  4. The spread can be used straight away but can sometimes be a little soft and even runny. Do not    worry about this as it will return to a soft peanut butter like texture.
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Seven Egyptian Deity.

The ancient Egyptians had many gods and goddesses and many are associated with aspects of nature or natural phenomenon. It was believed that they were capable of influencing events on Earth as well as the lives of humans. The Egyptians built many temples dedicated to the gods and goddesses and had an intricate series of myths telling many stories of the deity. Many where depicted as having the body of a human and the head of an animal.

Some Egyptian gods and goddesses include:

Amun – God of air and his consort was Ament. Later, during the twelfth dynasty he was adopted as the King of the gods and Mut was his consort. They had one child who was known as Khonsu, the moon god. Amun was associated with a number of animals including a goose, ram, crocodile and ape. The earliest known temple dedicated to Amun was found in Thebes and is believed to have been built during the 11th dynasty.

Amun was thought to represent completely holiness and it was believed that it was the invisible force of air that allowed his growth into this supreme form. Ancient Egyptians believed that he was self-created and was able to regenerate himself by becoming a snake and shedding his skin.

 

Ammut – Ammut was a creature that lived in the hall of Ma’at awaiting the judgement of those who had died. If a soul was found to be unworthy of passing into the afterlife it would be devoured by Ammut. This decision was made by weighting the heart of the deceased against the feather of Ma’at. If the heart was heavier than the feather the ancient Egyptians believed that this meant it was heavy with sin, impurities and wickedness.

The goddess Ammut was depicted as having the head of a crocodile, the fore body of a lion and the hindquarters of a hippopotamus. She can be thought of as the personification of divine retribution and a force for order. Although she was never worshiped as such, her image is believed to ward off evil and a reminder that all should live by the principles of Ma’at.

 

Anubis – A jackal headed god that assisted in the journey into the afterlife. He was also believed to be the inventor of embalming, a process he created in order to preserve the body of Osiris in the hope that he may live again. Early in Egyptian history he was the god of the dead and underworld. Later he oversaw the embalming of bodies, received the mummy into the tomb, and performed the Opening of the Mouth ceremony and the Soul in the Field of Celestial Offerings. Anubis also monitored the scales of truth to ensure that each soul was treated fairly and protected from deception.

Anubis was depicted mainly as a man with a jackals head or as a black jackal. His fur was black rather than the brown of actual jackals because the colour black was closely associated with fertility, rebirth and the afterlife. He is the patron of lost souls and funeral rites.

 

Isis – Isis is the goddess of magic and healing and patroness of women and children. In the book of the Dead she is regarded as the giver of life and food to the dead. She was famous for her magic skills and created the first cobra.

Isis is thought of as a loving wife and mother and incredibly pure. She was a wise goddess who used her powers to change the world and to teach the people of Egypt how to cure illness. Isis was kind to all and was a friend even to those seen as lower class in ancient Egypt such as the slaves, sinners and the poor.

 

Ma’at – The goddess of truth, law and justice. She was also associated with harmony, morality, balance and order. Egyptian myth tells the story of how Ma’at brought harmony and order when the universe was first created. Ma’at became the concept of truth and harmony and was part of ancient Egyptian laws. The principle of Ma’at was used in order to judge if a person was worthy of passing into the afterlife or not. The deceased heart was weighed against the feather of Ma’at (truth) and must be lighter in order to avoid eternal death and pass into the afterlife.

As a personified goddess Ma’at regulated the stars, season and the actions of humans and deity within the universe. Under her watchful eye order was preserved and the universe was prevented from returning to a state of chaos.

Eygpt at the British Museum

Copyright Elderberry Arts 2015. All Rights Reserved.

 

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Common Herbs and Spices and Their Magical Uses.

Magic does not have to be complicated or require expensive items and supplies in order to be successful. Many of the herbs and spices people keep at home for cooking can also be used as magical herbs and spices. As well as being delicious in cooking these herbs and spices also have many magical properties that can be tapped into and used in a great number of ways.

Magical Herbs and Spices

Common Herbs and Spices and their Magically Uses

Allspice – money and attracting good luck

Anise – Protection and purification

Basil – Attracting wealth and good luck

Bay – Protection, healing, purification and strength

Caraway – Health, protection and mental powers

Cardamon – Lust and love

Chilli pepper – Encouraging fidelity, hex breaking and love

Chives – Protection

Cinnamon – Prosperity, spirituality, healing and happiness

Cloves – Protection, love, stops gossip and money

Coriander – Love, health and healing

Cumin – Protection, fidelity and theft protection

Dill – Security, protection, love and lust

Fennel – Protection, healing and purification

Garlic – Protection, purification, healing and protection from theft

Ginger – Power, success, love and money

Juniper – Protection, love, exorcism and health

Mace – Can be used to increase psychic powers

Marjoram – Love, happiness, health and money

Mint – Prosperity, protection, travel and money

Mustard seed – Fertility and protection

Parsley – Protection and purification

Peppermint – Purification, sleep, healing and psychic powers

Rosemary – Healing, love, purification and sleep

Sage – Wisdom and longevity

Star anise – Psychic powers and good luck

Thyme – Health, healing, sleep, courage and love

Turmeric – Purification

Vanilla – Love and passion

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