No bread is an island

...entire of itself. (With apologies to John Donne!)
I live and breathe breadmaking. I’m an evangelist who would like everyone to make his or her own bread. I want to demystify breadmaking and show it as the easy everyday craft that it is. To this end I endeavour to make my recipes as simple and as foolproof as I possibly can.

I call my blog 'No bread is an island' because every bread is connected to another bread. So a spicy fruit bun with a cross on top is a hot cross bun. This fruit dough will also make a fruit loaf - or Chelsea buns or a Swedish tea ring...
I'm also a vegan, so I have lots of vegan recipes on here - and I'm adding more all the time.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017


Almost every other day, new health research becomes available, more animal cruelty is exposed, or there's more evidence of the spread of veganism. So when I come across it, I'll post it here.

There's also global warming/climate change - the biggest challenge to our survival. Here are some facts about the effects of livestock raising from the film Cowspiracy.

Wednesday 16th August 2017
This evening I found 'What the Health' on YouTube. While I was watching this, my sis-in-law rang to tell me - how good I was, how much her respect for me had grown, and how I'd been right all along. When I managed to get her to slow down and tell me why she was saying this, it turned out that her and her husband had watched 'What the Health' on Netflix last night, and were bowled over by the info it contained. Her husband has had diabetes for several years and had let me know, in no uncertain terms, that there was no way he was going to give up meat, no way. Now here I was hearing that  they were going to watch the film again, with a view to changing their diet. 

In the meantime, their respect for me had grown tremendously. I must admit, I'm basking in their praise. It feels good after my views have been dismissed all these years!

Latest edition of  Plant Based News.

Here's a ten-minute clip from the Victoria Derbyshire show on BBC News, with a panel discussing The Rise of Veganism. Pity about the nutritionist, who seems to be in a state of denial.

And here's a doctor explaining why he went vegan.

More evidence on the beneficial effects of a WFPB diet:
"Plant-based (vegetarian and vegan) diets are an effective strategy for improving nutrient intake. At the same time, they are associated with decreased all-cause mortality and decreased risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, and coronary heart disease. " (From The Science of Vegetarian Nutrition and Health, 9 August 2017)

Stop feeding your cancer. An Irish doctor getting good results from putting his cancer patients on a plant based diet.

Monday 7th August 2017
Is a whole food plant based diet the answer? Doctors, including cardiologist Kim Williams, discuss the benefits of a vegan diet.

Sunday 6th August 2017
"Identical twins demonstrate diet trumps genes", Dr Rosane Oliveira.

James Cameron to release a vegan documentary, The Game Changers. (VegNews)

Our Gut Bacteria say "Go vegan or else". (Mic the Vegan)
(Click on 'Show more' underneath the video for all Mic's references)

Saturday 5th August 2017
(Previous posting on why a whole food plant based (WFPB) diet is the optimum diet.)

Here's a website that's updated pretty much every day, with news of all aspects of a WFPB diet - health, animal welfare and the environment.

A couple of items that stand out from the latest edition:
- Vegans in the US can now get cheaper life insurance thanks to their diet.
- Dairy milk under greater threat from plant-based milks.
- Interview with Dr Michael Greger, author of 'How not to die', which is still on the NY Times best-seller list, 20 months after publication. 

Another site, investigating Prostrate cancer  and a WFPB.

'Mic the vegan' is a young scientist who posts short, informative, well-researched, info about veganism on his YouTube channel. Here he is on how your body transforms on a vegan diet.

Canada's new draft food guidelines promote plant nutrition and no longer include dairy.

Plant based diet eases osteoarthritis.

And it can halt and even reverse heart disease.

In 40% of people with coronary artery disease - the first sign they are sick is sudden death. And this can happen to people as young as late 30’s early 40s.

Erectile Dysfunction is an early indicator - the canary in the coal-mine:
“E.D. is widely known as an early warning sign for heart disease.”

And, survival of the firmest.

Children's health
“Almost every North American child over the age of 3y has some degree of aortic fatty streaks.”
Hardening of the arteries, or atherosclerosis, can be seen in children as young as 3.

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