My name is Tarja Moles and I confess to having a sweet tooth. Nothing wrong with that, you might think, but when you have multiple dietary restrictions, this can be a problem.
When I had to cut out gluten, sugar and yeast from my already low-lactose diet in 2002, I thought I would be forced to forgo desserts for the rest of my life. I stood despondently by patisserie windows and salivated. I had serious dessert-envy every time I went to a restaurant: my friends would finish off their meals with amazing-looking puddings while I had to be content with sipping peppermint tea.
As my frustration grew, I decided to start experimenting how to make sweet treats without the ‘naughty’ ingredients. Initially, there were more disasters than successes: uncaramelised caramel sauces; cakes that were so rubbery they bounced like balls; soggy biscuits that had to be eaten with a spoon. However, over the years I have figured out how many substitute ingredients work and accordingly my success rate has significantly improved.
No Naughties brings you recipe ideas, tips and information on how to make your life a sweet celebration. You don’t have to be naughty and eat things that don’t agree with your body – it’s perfectly possible to avoid sugar, wheat, gluten, yeast and other allergens, and still enjoy indulging your taste buds!