I am very excited about the Ash Animal  Rescue Autumn Fayre! So much so I am writing a blog post without a recipe!

I wanted to write this little piece on a very special event that I am lucky enough to be part of. The Ash Animal Rescue in Kiltegan, Wicklow are holding a fundraising event on the 28th of September in the grounds of Duckett’s Grove Carlow.

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Here was my brief. A birthday celebration pudding made without refined sugar, dairy, gluten or cocoa. Yes, I did despair. I lamented. I wailed and pleaded. In normal circumstances the obvious option was to make the preferred pudding of the birthday girl, a sticky toffee pudding.  Was this possible without all the traditional ingredients? I refused to be beaten. They could take my sugar but they could never take my baking spirit.

 

Stickytoffeepudding

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This recipe is taken from The River Cottage Veg Everyday Book by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

. The book was a present I got for Christmas and so far everything I have made from it has been delicious! I embarked on a meat free or at least meat reduced diet in January. There are, of course, countless benefits to doing this in the month of January including improved health and bank balance, however, my reason was largely culinary.

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