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Hello There!

How are you? Are you hungry? I really, truly, hope you are as I’ve made some treats for you to share, here, on my blog, The Gluten Free Scallywag, that’s kind of the whole point of the blog, to bake and share those gluten free treats with you all.

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 7 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 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!

So, now I… sorry, have I gotten this far and not mentioned that my name is Jas! Jasmine Ann Gardiner actually, but I prefer Jas - Hi! Anyway, now I bake and photograph my way through my weekends with my gorgeous fiancĂ© (you can read the loved up story of our engagement here) oh and he's referred to as ‘my man’ here on the blog, helping out with the taste testing, background board holding/photographers assistant, ‘can you run out for another 250grams of butter will you please hun!’, all round nice guy and in his spare time he highlights as crazy mountain bike rider whom I am so insanely in love with, it has been known to make my friends feel ill at the sight of us (sorry guys!) what can I say? I love the guy!

It’s been such a fantastic journey from my first (rather horribly photographed) post and I’ve learnt so much about baking gluten free that I hope you stick around (if you’re still here!) and find something sweet or savoury that tickles your fancy, in the spirit of camaraderie amongst other persons who cannot indulge in some foods, there’s even some nut free, vegetarian, lactose free and egg free recipes for you! Plus, don't forget the Gluten Free Scallywag Christmas Magazines Vol 1 (2011) & 2 (2012) and now The Gluten Free Scallywag Magazine Vol 3  has been printed for you all to enjoy from the comfort of your own kitchen. 

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 with them) 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. 

Contact:
Email me Jasmine Ann Gardiner -  jas(at)glutenfreescallywag(dot)com
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I live in Perth, Western Australia.

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A Few Extra Notes: 
I am a self taught home-cook. I cook, bake, photograph and write everything on this blog from Perth, Malbourne, Perth, Western Australia. All rights are my own, please contact me via email (above) 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, I'd love to work with you!

So, what does Scallywag mean? A scallywag is a rascal or person of cheeky nature; me. 

I do not do sponsored posts or paid links. I link to products, stores, recipes, places  or happenings that I've been to or enjoyed, not because I've been paid for it. It's because I love it and think you will too. I do not currently do giveaways, but i'm happy to taste test your product and give you feedback.

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 at jas {@} glutenfreescallywag.com 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 are coeliac, gluten intolerant or intolerant or allergic to anything I recommend seeing your doctor and undergoing the proper tests, before cutting anything from your diet, afterall 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!

Tell me your story, or feel free to contact me if you have a question about baking, photography or Coeliac Disease. I do love a good chat.

24 comments:

  1. Hi Jas,

    I have just found your blog and I am so excited :) I have been trying my hand at baking lately and having a few failed attempts so I am looking forward to trying some of your recipes. I am in Sydney but I was wondering if you use a particular brand for your flours eg, brown rice flour & GF flour. I have only tried the Orgran GF plain flour & SR flour because it is available at my local supermarket but I would like to try another brand to compare but I am not sure what one to use. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks for the lovely blog.
    :) Samantha Campbell, Sydney

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  2. Sam - hi & welcome!

    So glad you've stumbled upon my little spot on the web. I normally use the White Wings Gluten Free Flour, but I've also used the Vitarium & Orgran mixes & I must admit I like the WW best. Some recipes use specific flours, but a straight sub to the same amount of your favourite GF flour mix should be fine - but I haven't tested them all so I can't say they'll be perfect!

    Feel free to email me if you have any other Q's or want to share your findings to jas [@] glutenfreescallywag.com

    happy gluten free baking!

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  3. Love your blog and will check back for more places to eat out when next in Perth. I live in Bunbury, WA and have my own blog more on where can find good gluten free food as I am a terrible cook!

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  4. Hi Jas,
    I found your blog yesterday and I have spent two hours this morning looking at all your recipes. I just found out (after 30 years of eating gluten!!) that I have to go gluten free. Your blog has been so helpful already and it's great to know you live in Perth like me so I know I will be able to find the ingredients you use. Thank you so much!

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  5. Hi there, I can not explain in words how excited I am to have found your blog! We are moving to Perth in 5 weeks, so I have been searching for places that I'll be able to find GF flours etc. Your blog is going to be a great help. And if you ever need a co-worker, I'll be happy to email you my C.V! :-) Many thanks

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  6. hello
    love ur blog wow!!! i was diagnosed with coeliacs just over a year ago now and still struggle making meals quick, easy and interesting!!! ur blog has given me a few ideas.
    i was wondering if maybe u could put up a product list with some of the products u used?
    Thanks

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  7. I am so pleased to come across your blog. Just going through the FODMAP stage at the mo & I really fancied something naughty to eat.
    I decided to make pizza & sausage rolls with a prepared flour mix....yuk it was awful...everything tastes of corn(which i hate) I was really worried what I could make (and eat) for my birthday afternoon tea but from looking through your pages i do not have anything to fear as some of your recipes look fab. Thanks for taking the time to set up your blog putting great recipes on it for people to share

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  8. So pleased I found your beautiful, yummy place on the www!

    My blog is really a mummy blog, but being coeliac, it's hard not to throw a bit of GF in here and there! If it's okay I will add you to my GF Me blog roll?

    Lee x

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  9. Hiiiiiiiiiii I have Crohns disease,whats gluten free icing sugar? where do I buy it? what does it look like?

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  10. pure icing sugar is gluten free\the icing sugar mixture is NOT gluten free

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  11. Just adding to the excitement and relief of others who have discovered your blog - what an amazing job you've done! I have been gluten free for the past six years, and must admit that only in the last 6 months have I really attempted to make GF replicas of the foods that I really love and miss. I'm very impressed by your effort and skill - keep up the good work!!

    Also, I'm looking very forward to having a GF Christmas this year - think I may need to test each recipe a few times before then though ;).

    Neek (Wagga Wagga)

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  12. Hello from a fellow Coeliac, blogger and West Aussie :)
    Really enjoy reading your blog.

    Tara Hart

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  13. Hi Jas,
    I saw your recipe in the Masterchef Magazine,it caught my eye all becuase it was Gluten-free.
    I have been gluten-free now for about 8 years( have missed out on many yummy things becuase have not been able to make them.
    I am looking forward to following and try out your recipes as i know that they have been tired and tested.

    Thank you for your blog and sharing your life and food with us.

    Nicole

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  14. Hi Jas,
    Just had to comment.
    Just a beautiful site! You should be so proud of yourself bring all these recipes to the Gluten free eaters.
    Well done Mate. I have book marked and will be back again.
    Thanks.

    Love and light,

    KC.(Sydney)

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  15. Hey Jas,

    I have been following you for a while now and I must say you are my idol. The amount of times that I have looked up Gluten-free recipes on the www is really tiring and now I can just look at your blog for new and exciting recipes.

    I was diagnosed with Celiacs 4 years ago at just 19. My 21st was the hardest because my poison of choice is usually beer. I didnt have beer on my 21st and I couldn't eat anything because it was mostly glutenous pies and sausage rolls.
    My mum thought that I could still eat gluten even though I was told that I am on a STRICT gluten-free diet.

    Funny Story: My boyfriend and I were on a trip to the coast and we stopped to get petrol, lollies and drinks before we left. He went inside to pay and came out with Kit Kats and lollies. He said to me I was going to get you a Twix but then I realised that you cant eat it so I bought you a Kit Kat instead.
    It took him a while to understand while I was staring at him strangely then he did one of those face palm moments that people do. We both laughed.
    I've been with him for 4 years now and he still gets confused with Gluten Free Products and I test him every now and then.

    Once again your blog is FABULOUS!

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  16. Elizabeth Direen2 August 2012 at 14:09

    Thanks Jas for all these lovely recipes. I've just embarked on baking gluten free recipes to help fill some children's lunchboxes. When helping a friend out, I made the mistake of not enquiring about allergies etc and send a selection of home-made treats for her grandchildren, only to find out that one of them is gluten intolerent. I really appreciate being able to find quality Australain recipes that will appeal to all, look so good and are made with ingredients that are easy to find in local supermarkets. Keep up the good work.

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  17. LOVE This Blog.

    Yummiest recipes and beautifully presented/photographed!

    Thank you for such great inspiration!!!

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  18. Hi Jas,

    I love your blog, you post the most wonderful recipes! I am a crazy foodie & Coeliac coming up 10 years (crikey that makes me feel old!)so thanks for all the beautiful posts and recipes.

    x

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  19. Hi Jas

    I have recently discovered your blog and LOVE IT!!!! So nice to have a "local" GF blog to read rather than the American ones who use weird ingredients and measurements! he he. I scroll through your recipes while I feed my 6 month old - I just wish I had more time to actually make all the wonderful recipes I am reading! Keep the great recipes coming!

    Thanks!
    Hayley

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  20. Hi Jas I love your blog and have nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award

    Happy Friday :)

    Tara (glutenfreehart.blogspot.com/)

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  21. Hi Jas

    I love your blog and reading through your recipes. Wonderful to see a gluten-free Aussie blog with stories and ideas that I can relate to.

    Julie

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  22. Hi Jas,
    I have tried a few of your recipes - brilliant!
    I have nominated you for a Liebster Award (http://maria5aloisi.wordpress.com/2013/09/22/liebster-award-nomination).
    Happy blogging!
    Maria :)

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  23. Hi Jas
    I found your great site last night. It is fantastic to find an Australian gluten free site especially one that has simple recipes.
    My son is part way through testing for gluten intolerance and we are eliminating gluten from his diet while waiting for his appointment with the surgeon to book a date for his biopsy and gastroscopy..
    What I really want to know is - Is rice flour simply ground rice ? If so I was thinking that it would be much cheaper to simply grind my own rice.

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    1. Oh and I was diagnosed as diabetic 2 weeks before Christmas last year so I know you pain of bad timing

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