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.

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