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Aubergine and Walnut Dip

Aubergine and Walnut Dip

Aubergine and Walnut Dip is both simple to prepare and versatile. Serve it as a canapé, with salad, or as a sandwich filler for a range of diets including Fodmap, Gluten Free and Vegan. While the combination of aubergine (eggplant) and nuts/seeds is familiar — being Baba Ganoush, the Greek/Turkish eggplant and tahini dip — […]

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Vegetable Sauces

Vegetable Sauces

The Vegetable Sauce recipes below are simply prepared and suitable for the diets as indicated with each recipe. Cooked in advance they can be refrigerated for later inclusion in: dips, salsas, pasta and gnocchi sauce, pizza, served over roasted, steamed or stuffed vegetables, as the basis for poaching fish and as a sauce for many […]

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Orange Muffins

Orange Muffins

These muffins, topped with slices of caramelised orange, make an elegant dessert or snack. They are suitable for many diets including Egg Free, Fodmap, Gluten Free, Nut Free and Vegan. Citrus is an unusual ingredient in this type of baking and gives a light flavour and moist texture. This addition of fruit, and vegetable in […]

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Papaya Sorbet

Papaya Sorbet

Papaya (or Paw Paw) Sorbet, a tasty ice, is simply made without the need of ice cream maker. It is suitable for many diets including Dairy Free, Gluten Free and Raw. When there is an abundance of fruit I prepare and cook it in a variety of ways to maximise my enjoyment. Papaya I add […]

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Flatbread with Yeast

Flatbread with Yeast

Flatbread, Pitta Bread and Naan are regional variations of flatbread that are suitable for many diets including Dairy Free, Diabetic and Vegan. The breads are simple and quick to make. In warm weather the dough will usually double in size in about 1 hour. However, in colder weather keep the proving time to a minimum […]

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Carrot Dip

Carrot Dip

Carrot Dip is a light variation of hummus that can also be served as a tasty cold vegetable dish or salad. It is suitable for Diabetic, Fodmap, Low Calorie and Vegan diets. As a dip, the smooth consistency of puréed carrot and tahini has a creamy texture. I also like serving the carrot coarse, mashing […]

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Vegetable Wrap

Nori Wrap

Nori Wraps are a great snack, canapé or lunch suitable for every diet including Gluten Free, Paleo, Raw and Vegan. They are a light variation of a sushi roll, having no rice. This makes them very quick to assemble and a particular favourite for those following a Paleo diet. The ingredients chosen will make these […]

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Sweethearts, Red Roses and Chocolate

Valentines – Sweethearts, Red Roses and Chocolate. The origin of celebrating Valentine’s with chocolate is unclear. Perhaps it is simply a merging of the increased popularity of chocolate with the growing celebration of Valentine’s Day. Whatever the reason it is now well imbedded in our psych. Try making your own chocolate.“How to make Chocolate” is […]

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Festive Chocolate

Festive Chocolate

Rich, dark chocolate with fruit and nuts — the colours of the festive season. This simple recipe is suitable for most diets including Dairy Free, Fodmap, Gluten Free and Vegan. Unsurprisingly, I have found that making chocolate in Zambia is more difficult than it is in ‘cool’ London. When I arrived in July, I bought […]

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Festive Crostini

Festive Crostini

Festive Crostini are a light and healthy canapé, their colours indicative of the festive season. The choice of the base makes them suitable for all diets including Gluten Free, Paleo, Raw and Vegan. Crunchy, light and quick to prepare, these crostini have the flavours of Italian antipasto. While baguette is generally the base for these […]

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Fruit and Almond Log

Fruit and Almond Log

This dried fruit and nut log is very versatile, being suitable as a packed snack or part of a dinner party menu. It is very quick to prepare and, in an airtight container, will keep for weeks. (Keep it in the refrigerator to help it retain its moisture and for ease when slicing.) This makes […]

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Red Bean Jelly

Red Bean Jellies

A healthy ‘sweet treat’ to serve, after a meal, that is suitable for many diets including Dairy Free, Egg Free, Gluten Free, Nut Free and Vegan. Do not be deterred by the idea of making a jelly for your dessert or snack. Jellies are delicious and this one can be an elegant addition to your […]

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Roasted Barley

Roasted Barley

Roasted Barley, with its toasted flavour and a nutty texture, is a great snack and suitable for Diabetic, Low Calorie and Low Fat diets. Barley is an ancient grain that not so widely used today. It is a substantial addition to soups and makes a delicious replacement for rice in a vegetable risotto. I was […]

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Vegetable Fritters - Bahji

Vegetable Fritters – Bahji

Tasty vegetable fritters, Bhaji, make a great snack or light meal and are suitable for Dairy Free, Egg Free, Gluten Free and Vegan diets. Many of you will already be familiar with this Indian snack, also known as pakora, of which there are there are many variations. Onion bhaji are perhaps the best known, at […]

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Gluten-Free-Bread

Gluten Free Bread

This is a very simple Gluten Free bread with a texture similar to wheat bread and suitable for many diets including Egg Free, Fodmap, Gluten Free and Vegan. Creating a light and moist texture is a particular challenge when baking Gluten Free bread because these qualities must be provided by a combination of ingredients other […]

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Red Bean Paste, Anko

Red Bean Paste, Anko

Red bean paste is thick and sweet like a jam. It is delicious on toast and is frequently used in Japanese sweets. Include it in meals for Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Low Fat and Vegan diets. Azuki beans are the basis of this paste. They are boiled until tender and then sweetened with sugar. The […]

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Chickpea Pancakes

Chickpea Pancakes

Chickpea Pancakes are high protein savoury pancakes that make a nutritious snack or a meal suitable for Dairy Free, Egg Free, Gluten Free and Vegan diets. Chickpeas are legumes that have a diverse range of uses in cooking aside from their regular inclusion in tasty vegetable stews and curries. Ground into flour called besan, gabanza […]

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Ginger Macaroons

Ginger Macaroons

Ginger Mararoons are sweet bites that accompany a fruit dessert or make a small snack. They are suitable for Dairy Free, Fodmap, Gluten Free, Paleo and Vegetarian diets. These biscuits are a variation on traditional macaroons — sugar, egg white and ground almonds. I have reduced the quantity of sugar and added glacé or crystallised […]

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Dukkah

Dukkah

Dukkah is a Middle Eastern nut and spice mix, eaten as a snack or served as an accompaniment to many savoury dishes. The selection of nuts and spices varies. There are four key ingredients, ie: coriander, cumin, sesame seeds and nuts and to these salt, pepper and dried mint or thyme are added. Below I […]

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Spiced-Fruit-and-Nut-Cake

Spiced Fruit and Nut Cake

A variation of Panforte and Siena Cake that is suitable for Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Paleo and Vegan diets. This is a family recipe that I think came from my aunt Ellen who was very fond of rich cakes and desserts. The inclusion of a little chocolate to the fruit, nut and spice mix provides […]

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Clare's Crackers

Clare’s Crackers

Tasty crisp-breads make a nutritious snack or part of an elegant array of canapés that are suitable for Fodmap, Gluten Free, Paleo, Raw and Vegan diets. It may seem odd to think of baking your own crisp-breads, which are so readily available in any supermarket or health store. However, you will be delighted by the […]

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Soft Cheese and Tofu

Two very simple recipes to make your own soft cheese or tofu, to use in baking and for dips and spreads. This soft cheese is called Lebneh in the Middle East, where it is made with yoghurt, and Paneer in India where milk is used. In both recipes you can substitute soya products, with a […]

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Sponge Cake

A simple recipe for a Gluten Free sponge that is light in texture and with less butter than many cakes. (A butter alternative is provided.) When I was a child, the biscuit and cake tins at home usually containedAnzac Biscuits and fruit cake. I thought sponge cake must be difficult to cook. What a pleasant […]

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Beetroot Blinis

Beetroot Blinis

These blinis are tasty bites that can be served as a canapé or a snack; or, when larger, they are the basis of a light meal. With the vegetable content, they are a nourishing variation on a flour-based blini. The beetroot and tofu keeps them moist, adds protein and makes them suitable for vegan diets. […]

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Ginger Congee

Congee, rice soup, is a delicious breakfast, light meal or any-time snack. Select the ingredients you add to make it suitable for your diet. I was first introduced to congee when I was visiting my mother in Hobart, Tasmania. We went out for breakfast at the café Tricycle in the famous Salamanca Wharf area. It […]

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Lamingtons

Lamingtons are an Australian ‘national dish’ – small squares of sponge dipped in chocolate icing and rolled in coconut. The origin of the dish is unclear; but the name is usually attributed to Lord Lamington, the Governor of Queensland one of Australia’s six big states, from 1896 to 1901. Like many dishes that are well […]

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Coconut Shortbread

These coconut shortbreads are crisp and crumbly, like a traditional shortbread; but, containing no butter, they are suitable for Diary Free and Vegan diets. Scottish shortbreads, as they are often called, may be hard to imagine without butter – the butter giving the biscuit its ‘shortness’. However, coconut oil is a good substitute;. it is […]

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Oranges for Breakfast

A colourful fruit platter of winter fruits, while the colour and fragrance suggest warmer times. In the cooler latitudes, the selection of fresh fruit available is limited in the cold months (or extremely expensive while not always providing the best flavour). Presentation of the ‘standard fruits’ with a few simple additions will transform your light […]

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Spiced Nuts

Lightly spiced and toasted nuts make a tasty snack and are good for parties. Select your favourite nuts or mix the odds and ends of packets you have lurking in the cupboard. Here I used Brazil nuts (I like their firm texture and they are visually a good addition to this selection), almonds (my favourite), […]

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Dates with Coconut

Dates stuffed with coconut are a sweet treat that can be resisted by few and that is suitable for most people with dietary restrictions. It is a delicious and easy to prepare combination. And it stores well so can be made in advance for lunch boxes, a quick snack or an elegant sweet bite for […]

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Padron Peppers

Padron peppers are small green peppers that are pan-fried and served as a snack or canapé. They also make a good accompaniment to a grill, roast meats or eggs. Most padron peppers have a subtle flavour; but occasionally you get the jackpot, a blast of heat. This surprise of the hot pepper is often referred […]

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Shiro Wat - Humus

Shiro Wat – Humus

Shiro Wat is a spicy Ethiopian chickpea dish served as one of a number of dishes with injera (Ethiopian pancake). It also makes a very tasty dip, an alternative to ‘normal’ humus. This is a simply prepared combination of onion, Berber (Ethiopian spice mix) and shiro (also known as chickpea flour or besan). I first […]

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Pumpkin, Spinach Muffins

Pumpkin, Spinach Muffins

Moist, savoury muffins for a snack, a Hallowe’en treat or a nutritionally-balanced light meal that is suitable for Fodmap, Gluten Free and Vegetarian diets. With autumn and the falling leaves, we harvest the remaining pumpkins, gather chestnuts and forage for mushrooms. It brings with it opportunities to celebrate with friends and family as we include […]

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Baked Coconut Custard

A sweet custard delicious served with or without fruit or a biscuit. To my knowledge, these little custards originated in South East Asia where coconut milk is widely used in sweet and savoury dishes. These custards have a delicate flavour, with the texture of an English baked custard (dairy). They are very simple of make […]

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Watermelon Slices

Watermelon Slices

Sweet, tangy melon slices that are suitable for Diabetic and Low Calorie diets. The simple addition of cardamom, paprika and salt provides a new and surprising taste experience. Diets for which Watermelon Slices is suitable: Diabetic, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Low Calorie, Low Fat, Nut Free, Paleo, Raw, Vegetarian and Vegan. Ingredients Preparation: 10 mins […]

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Ginger Biscuits

Ginger Biscuits

A tasty, little snack suitable for Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Nut Free and Vegan diets. These biscuits are the shape of small, round buttons. As a delicate accompaniment to a fruit or soft dessert, they make a useful addition to your repertoire for Fodmap, Gluten Free and Vegan diets in particular. They also store well […]

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Watermelon Zester

A refreshing drink for those hot summer days, especially suitable for Diabetic, Low Calorie and Raw diets. Watermelon is a great thirst quencher, sweet without adding sugar (hence the suitability for Diabetic and Low Calorie diets). The lime – the ‘zester’ – is a tasty addition, reducing the intensity of the sweetness. Best served chilled. […]

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Dried Fruit

Dried Fruit

Make your own dried fruit, avoiding the use of additives and subsequently having no concerns of the suitability for Dairy Free, Gluten Free and Nut Free diets. It is very satisfying preserving fruit or vegetables, for later use, when you have an abundant supply. This guide for stone fruit can be applied to many fruits […]

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Vegetable Sticks

Vegetables Sticks

A vegetable snack for your lunch box or picnic. These toothpick-sized vegetable sticks are a variation on grilled vegetables. As finger food, they can be a portion of your barbecue menu, your picnic or lunch boxes; or they can be served as a canapes. The vegetable selection is seasonal: here are pepper, courgette, aubergine, shallots […]

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Avocado and Edamame Dip

Avocado and Edamame Dip

A high protein dip suitable for Dairy Free, Raw and Vegan diets. A nutritious twist on the avocado dip, guacamole. Here, the edamame beans provide protein and, being low fat, their inclusion in an avocado dip makes it no longer a calorie extravaganza; and it is also a satisfying sandwich filler. Add your own variations. […]

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Caramel Macaroon

A high energy snack and a sweet treat for Dairy Free, Paleo, Raw and Vegan diets. These ‘macaroons’ requiring no baking and have no added fats, all the fat being that of the almonds and coconut. They are the ultimate sweet treat for an energetic person. Diets for which Caramel Macaroons are suitable: Dairy Free, […]

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Chocolate Brownies

Chocolate Brownies

A chocolate brownie that can be enjoyed as part of many ‘free from’ diets. We all need to have a chocolate brownie recipe that we can quickly throw together, using ingredients in the cupboard. This is such a recipe. It has a very rich chocolate flavour, while being light in texture. You can add various […]

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Chocolate – How to Make

Make your own chocolate: for everyone including Gluten Free, Dairy Free and Vegan diets. Chocolate is one of those foods one should always have in the pantry. But this can be complicated when you are catering for various food restrictions no dairy, no gluten, and no animal products. Here is a very simple recipe so […]

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Chocolate-Banana Spread

A ‘healthy’ chocolate spread with numerous uses and for many diets including Dairy Free, Paleo, Raw and Vegan. This is the most versatile of treats. All the ingredients are raw and can be ‘wizzed’ together for a delicious snack in minutes. With the sweet flavour from banana and dates, it is suitable for diabetic diets […]

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Bliss Balls

Bliss Balls

An ‘all natural’ and ‘raw’ chocolate treat for most diets, including Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Raw and Vegan. I thank my sister Ruth for this recipe. They were my introduction to the new Raw food phenomenon and led to my interest in Raw food beyond salad. You will understand why the name when you have […]

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Yoghurt

Yoghurt – How To Make

A simple guide to make your own dairy or soya yoghurt for Dairy Free, Fodmap, and Vegan Diets. Like making your own bread, making yoghurt is easy. It requires minimal equipment, a thermometer being essential and a thermos being useful. (You can use any type of jar; or a yoghurt maker if you have one […]

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Yoghurt Cake

Yoghurt Cake

A very moist cake with a citrus twist that is suitable for Diary Free, Fodmap and Gluten Free diets. The idea for this delicious yoghurt cake originated with my aunt Joan, from whose recipe I have developed a version that can be enjoyed by several ‘free from’ diets. It was originally a butter cake, tasty […]

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Chicken Tikka

A tasty meal or snack adapted for Dairy Free, Low Fat and Gluten Free diets. Traditionally a spicy Indian roadside snack, Chicken Tikka has become one of Britain’s favourite meals. It is a rich dish and the cream sauce makes it high fat and calories, not a healthy choice. My tasty alteration is chicken marinated […]

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Pea Guacamole

Pea Guacamole

Pea Guacamole is a bright green dip that is very suggestive of spring. It is a healthy, low fat alternative to the avocado guacamole we all know and love; and it is as simple to prepare. The dish is sweet from the natural juices of the peas, the flavour of which is enhanced by the […]

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Coriander and Feta Samosa

Coriander and Feta Samosas

A tasty variation on the Vegetarian samosa that can also be enjoyed by Low Calorie and Low Fat diets. I came upon this tasty combination when visiting Kenya. The first time was in the café at the airstrip in Nanuki, which provides an interesting selection for lunch and snacks as you wait for your charter […]

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Ricotta Bake

Ricotta Bake

A recipe for a healthy breakfast, lunch or snack choice. Ricotta cheese has a very subtle, sweetish flavour and is used both as a savoury and in sweet dishes such as cheescakes. It is a soft cheese that may be suitable for Lactose Free and Fodmap diets. It is lower in fat than cream cheese, […]

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Upside Down Fruit Cake

A rich cake of seasonal fruit, suitable for Dairy Free, Fodmap, Gluten Free and Nut Free diets. This is an adaptation of a recipe, taken many years ago, from the ‘Australian Gourmet’ magazine. It is versatile, being adaptable to the seasons and diverse climates of Australia and incorporating your choice of a wide variety of […]

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Banana Bread

A tasty snack for Vegans and those who are Dairy Free. There are many banana cake recipes and we all have our favourite; this is mine. The difference it brings is the tang of lemon, a nice change to the usual cinnamon-laden banana cakes and muffins. I have used no eggs, making it suitable for […]

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Ginger Apple Muffins

Ginger Apple Muffins

A light, Gluten Free and Dairy Free snack that is not over-indulgent. Imagine autumn has arrived and, with it, shorter days, darker skies and the desire to bake with time for those comfort foods. Apples spring to my mind. I grew up with an abundant supply of apples, my grandfather having an orchard, and my […]

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Courgette Teabread

Courgette Teabread

A moist loaf with a subtle ginger flavour that is suitable for Diabetics. This is cake is not particularly sweet and makes a good partner with cheese. The idea of cake and cheese was new and strange to me when I moved to the UK. After first trying a good British cheddar with a rich […]

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Marmalade d’Oignon Rouge

This red onion marmalade makes a tasty canapé for Diabetic, Low Calorie, Low Fat and Vegetarian diets or an addition to any grill. This dish very simply utilises the texture and sweetness of red onions. They are cooked slowly, not browned, and then caramelized with the addition of balsamic vinegar and a little brown sugar. […]

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Avocado Tartine

Avocado Tartine

A tasty light meal for Vegans, Diabetics, Dairy Free and Nut Free diets. Tartine is a French word meaning open sandwich and it also suggests bread with rich and elaborate toppings. This is a good description for this simple but delicious light meal. It is inspired by a lunch I enjoyed with a friend at […]

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Anzac Biscuit

The perfect high energy snack for Dairy Free and Nut Free diets and Vegans and Vegetarians. As I started to collect recipes for this website, it was the family favourites that first sprung to mind. These sweet, oat biscuits, similar to the commercial granola and ‘health’ bars, were a part of packed lunches and picnics. […]

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Smoked Almonds

Smoked Almonds

A snack or canapé for Fodmap, Diabetic and Vegan diets. Nuts are an important source of protein for vegans and some vegetarians and an excellent source of the omega 3 and 6 fats which are nutritionally important for us all. While some people are concerned about fats in their diets, nuts are eaten in relatively […]

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