My name is Jasmine and I am the chief recipe tester, dishwasher and photographer behind The Gluten Free Scallywag.
This blog came about just a year after I was diagnosed with Coeliac Disease in my early twenties and told to go on a strict gluten free diet (forever!) two weeks before Christmas. Really? Two weeks before Christmas, you’ve got to be kidding! No, unfortunately, my doctor was not, but I felt that as I’d spent some decades eating said gluten I decided (completely against my doctors wishes orders) that I would start my new gluten free diet in the New Year. Maybe, at this point I should explain that my Mum had just brought two dozen, delicious, melt in your mouth, gluten filled fruit mince pies over to Perth from Melbourne for me – how was I to turn down my last gluten-ous fruit mince pie? Oh, and don’t even get me started on the beer, liquorice, hot dogs, lamingtons and cream filled donuts I also indulged in that Christmas… it really is a pity that Christmas falls in summer in Australia, one shouldn’t be eating all that delicious food when bathers are about to be worn!
Well, it’s been 8 years since that delicious, if not so good for me, Christmas and I’ve never felt better; my nails are stronger, my hair grows quickly, I’m no longer tired (unless I had a reeee-ally good - or possibly bad, now that I'm a Mum - night last night) and according to recent tests at my doctors’ I am now in taking all the nutrients I was missing out on before I was diagnosed – YAY!
On my gluten free kitchen journeys I also began The Gluten Free Scallywag Christmas Magazines in 2011 (Vol 1 & 2) as a free download to share with you all. This adventure morphed into The Gluten Free Scallywag Magazine (Vol 3 & 4) in 2013 as limited print runs. You can purchase the PDF Downloads or Print Editions of The Gluten Free Scallywag Magazine from my shop for you to enjoy from the comfort of your own kitchen.
If you have questions or queries check out my faqs or get in touch below, I'd love to hear from you!
The name "The Gluten Free Scallywag" is a homage to my beloved Grandad, whom nicknamed me 'Scallywag' at a young age. His only granddaughter and first grandchild, I spent many months as a child wearing a dark blue jumper with puff paint writing (you remember that stuff? My Aunt was a pro) saying 'Grandad's Scallywag'. My Mum will tell you that I was the apple of his eye as a child. Well, all I can say is that I miss him every day and I miss the race to say 'Scallywag!' first at the end of our adventures together. The love, camaraderie, mischief and many a stolen Mintie we shared in the 18 years that we loved each other lives on every time I sing and dance in the rain. I love you Granddad.
Scallywag: A scallywag is a rascal or person of cheeky nature; me.
A Few Extra Notes:
I am a self taught home-baker. I cook, bake, photograph and write everything on this blog from Perth then Melbourne then back home to Perth, Western Australia. All rights are my own, please contact me via email or the form below) if you wish to use a photograph. If you want to share one of my recipes on your blog or website, please link back to that post. If you want to share an image of mine for business please contact me for my rates.
I am happy to receive your gluten free product to test and offer feedback privately. Please note I do not do sponsored posts, I link to products, stores, recipes, places or happenings that I've been to or enjoyed, not because I've been paid for it. I appreciate that brands take time and effort to create, please appreciate mine.
I do recipe development and food photography for clients if you have a gluten free product that you'd like me to mess about in the kitchen with, please contact me, I'd love to chat to you. Feel free to view my Food Photography & Recipe Development Portfolio.
I am not a dietitian, nutritionist or in any way a health professional. If you believe you have Coeliac disease, are gluten intolerant or intolerant or allergic to anything I recommend seeing your doctor and undergoing the proper tests, before cutting anything from your diet, after all what’s the point of cutting it out if you could still be enjoying it? A self diagnosis is not the answer.
Lastly, I share a lot of sugar here and I recommend that if you do indulge, don't overdo it. Life is better if you have a healthy, balanced diet accompanied by regular exercise and just a little bit of cake or ice cream or maybe both of them, together, oh my...I've gotta go, my freezer is calling me!
I do love a good chat, so if you're in Perth and free for a cuppa and a piece of cake (I can totally bring some) then let me know and lets set it up!