About Jacqui Farrugia



Hi everyone!

I’m Jacqui and I have celiac disease, which means that I must be on a gluten-free diet for the rest of my life.

I always had a passion for food and loved cooking, to the extent of reading cookery books not novels before I sleep! I was always trying out different cuisines, apart from our traditional Maltese dishes which my mum used to cook.

So when I was diagnosed Celiac last year, it came as quite a shock! I could never ever again eat Maltese bread, pizza, pastry, cannoli, our pastizzi …. and the list goes on! My initial reaction was to go to a supermarket and buy all the gluten free stuff that I found, most of which tasted like Mr Sponge Bob or like cardboard! That was what navigated me to start making most of these products myself and I started to realise that there are so many things which we can still eat which contains no gluten! With support, research, patience and a desire to learn, living the gluten free lifestyle has already become less daunting.

I now feel challenged and enjoy cooking even more! I am always trying dishes and other foods I used to love, but obviously ALL gluten free! And I would love to share them with you, hence the reason for this blog. Nowadays there is more awareness and many, after taking intolerance tests are surprised to find that they are gluten intolerant if not Celiac.

If you have celiac disease, you have no choice – you must be vigilant about your diet, because your health depends on it. But I’ve also learned that it’s possible to eat well and live very well if you have celiac disease. My goal is to help you get healthy and live well, too.

I am not a professional nor some gourmet chef, just someone with a passion for food, now gluten free. Sometimes something would turn out inedible but I will always keep on trying! Hope you will enjoy some of my recipes.

A presto!

Some info about Celiac Disease

“Celiac Disease is a genetic disease that runs in families. A person can have the disease and not know it until it is triggered by severe stress, pregnancy, surgery, physical injury, infection, or childbirth” –essentiahealth.org

What is Celiac Disease?

Celiac disease is a genetic autoimmune disease in which the lining of the small intestine is severely damaged by consumption of gluten containing grains (including wheat, rye, barley, spelt and some lesser known grains, and sometimes contaminated oats). This damage prevents absorption of vitamins, minerals and other nutrition, which leads to numerous health problems, some of which can be life-threatening if the disease goes untreated.

7 Responses to About Jacqui Farrugia

  1. Christine Salomone says:

    Hi Jacqui,
    I too am a celiac for the past 3 years.I still make many mistakes though, and as you know then I become very ill:( I would love to have some of your recipes. Chris.

  2. Bernice Coulton says:

    I am so super excited about this blog. I have recently been diagnosed with severe gluten intolerance (not full on Celiac). I am slowly learning how to substitute the gluten full ingredients with gluten free ones, it is indeed a process. I am looking forward to try foods that I grew up with as a little girl, without that gluten.

    Good luck on your new blog,

  3. Carmen says:

    Yes I’m same allways love healthy foods and love to cook,
    Also i can’t eat wheat products, look forward to your
    Recipes and differant ideas, i don’t eat much bread but
    Do buy rice sourdough, i would love to try my own!!

  4. Shirley says:

    I just noticed that I should follow a gluten free diet and I’m also luctose intollerant.At first it was hard to refuse such foods but nowadays we can find many items to buy to suite the problem.
    Thanks to you I’m finding your recipes really interesting.

    Thanks so much

    Shirley

  5. lucia fenech says:

    hi, thanks for the gluten free recipes which I am finding very useful for my daughter.

  6. sandra says:

    Hello Jacqui, Hope you’re keeping well — wow you website and FB are so good and so popular – mega well done :)))
    I am going to give this a try – no problem if you can’t, but we were featured in a programme about local products and thought that perhaps you could share it on your page http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0S2C2swQV68
    Its all the story behind smoochies (which you’re probably sick of hearing) but we really need to create some more awareness – much appreciated- cheers sandra

    • jacqui says:

      Hi Sandra, I am sorry but it was just now that I saw your comment above by coincidence! I never got any notification. Of course I will share the link, my pleasure! Will do so right now in fact! Keep well! X

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