Blog tour: My writing process

Cover of No NaughiesI’ve been following with great interest the blog tour about the writing process. I was delighted to be nominated by Jill McDonald Constable to answer four questions. If you’d like to read Jill’s own answers, you can find them on

Here are my answers:

What am I working on?

I often have several projects on the go at the same time. At the moment I’m finishing off a 5:2 recipe book in Finnish as well as writing the next No Naughties® book. I’m also toying with some ideas for mini books: Chocolate treats? Ice cream? Pumpkin recipes? Cookies? If you’d like to suggest a theme, do get in touch!

How does my work differ from others in the genre?

I write recipes for people who have multiple dietary restrictions. All No Naughties® recipes are free from wheat, gluten, sugar, soya, peanuts and yeast. I also write recipes that are dairy-free, egg-free, corn-free and nut-free.

Cover of the book No Naughties' pancakes (UK/European edition)Why do I write what I do?

I had to cut out gluten, sugar and yeast from my already low-lactose diet in 2002. At the time I thought I would be forced to forgo sweets and desserts for the rest of my life.

As a consequence, I decided to start experimenting how to make sweet treats without the ‘naughty’ ingredients. And I discovered 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!

Book cover of No Naughties at ChristmasHow does my writing process go?

I start by jotting down ideas for sweet treats and then start the testing process. Sometimes it takes several attempts to get a cake right; other times the baking works the first time round. You never know how it’s going to be. I always ask Hubby and/or any guests to taste the treats and modify the recipe based on their feedback.

When I’m happy with a recipe, I take photos, write it down on my computer and add it into my ‘Recipe Pool’. Some recipes end up on the No Naughties® websites, others stay in the ‘Recipe Pool’ until I have enough recipes to compile a new book.

The Vegan Cookie Fairy's Ice CreamsSo that’s my writing process. I’m handing the baton on to a wonderful vegan food writer Clémence Moulaert aka The Vegan Cookie Fairy. Her recipes are truly wonderful and her food photography is sublimely beautiful! You can find her answers on Monday 10 March on


New release – The Vegan Cookie Fairy’s Ice Creams

As you may know, I’m a big fan of ice cream. So, here’s a little book of yummy ice creams:
If you’re vegan, or if you can’t eat dairy and eggs, The Vegan Cookie Fairy’s Ice Creams has fun recipes for you. Also, most recipes use sugar substitutes. What’s not to like?!

Luscious Books

The Vegan Cookie Fairy's Ice CreamsClémence Moulaert’s ebook The Vegan Cookie Fairy’s Ice Creams is out now. Using only natural plant-based ingredients, it has delicious recipes from zingy sorbets to luxurious ice creams. What’s more, you don’t need any expensive equipment!

Whether you like classic flavours, such as chocolate chip, peanut butter and Oreos, or more adventurous flavours like Jaffa Cake or mango lassi, there is something in this book for everyone.

The book has been published as two editions: The US edition uses US cup measures while the measurements in the UK/European edition are in metric units. The book is now available on Amazon.

Find out more about the book:

The Vegan Cookie Fairy is a blog of vegan baking and cooking by Clémence Moulaert. Visit to see more vegan recipes.



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Shine On Award

“This award is for the blogs that shine, make you feel good and are inspiring to the reader.”

Caroline from The Ex-Sugarholic has nominated No Naughties for the Shine On Award. I have been following her sugar-free journey for a while now and have very much enjoyed reading her posts. Do check out her yummy recipes!

The Rules:

1  Visit and thank the blogger who nominated you.
2  Acknowledge that blogger on your blog and link back.
3  Share 7 random interesting things about yourself.
4  Nominate up to 15 bloggers for Shine On Award, provide a link to their blogs in your post, and notify them on their blogs.
5  Copy and paste the award somewhere on your blog.

7 random facts:

I have already written 7 random facts when I received The Versatile Blogger Award, so here are 7 new ones:

1. I looooove ice cream.

2. My favourite colour is orange.

3. I started growing vegetables and fruit in our garden a few years ago and I’m really enjoying it. Hubby is going to buy me a greenhouse for my birthday, so next year I’ll be able to experiment with fruit and veg I haven’t been able to grow before (e.g. water melons and cucumbers). Can’t wait!

4. I had a fab week at this year’s Swanwick Writers’ Summer School, the oldest residential writers’ conference in the world. If you have a chance to come along, I’d love to see you there next year!

Tarja and Cherry5. I’d love to live on a farm and have horses, goats, dogs, cats, chickens, alpacas, sheep and donkeys. These days I go to Cholwell Riding Stables and get my weekly ‘fix’ there: I stroke all their horses (about 40!), dogs and sheep. Here’s picture of Cherry (one of their lovely dogs) and me – she is such a wonderful character!

6. Earlier this year I read a book called The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World by Iain McGilchrist. It’s about the right and left hemispheres of the brain and how they affect our understanding of ourselves and the world we live in. Although the book is not exactly a light read, it is absolutely fascinating.

7. Of all the social media, my current favourite is Pinterest. There are just so many amazing food photos and ideas there! If you’d like to see No Naughties’ boards, here’s the link: Do let me know if you’re there too!

My 2 nominees for inspiring, feel-good bloggers:

The Vegan Cookie Fairy – Clem’s vegan recipes, all delicious and with beautiful photos.

The Ice Cream Initiative – Karina and Trevor’s wonderful ice cream adventures in Ontario, Canada. In their blog they write about their journey towards their dream goal of owning a brick and mortar artisan ice cream shop.

I would have also nominated Honk if you’re vegan and Miss Marzipan, but Celeste from Honk if you’re vegan was already nominated by Caroline and Miss Marzipan is not accepting nominations at the moment. However, do check out their lovely blogs!


Great blogs to follow

Are you looking to follow more blogs? Blogs that have interesting content? Blogs that inspire?

Here are three I would recommend:

Miss Marzipan – yummy recipes (incl. free-from recipes), beautiful photos and fascinating food adventures by wonderful Miss Marzipan

The Ex-Sugarholic – scrumptious fructose-free recipes, useful how-to posts and explorations into the fructose-free world by lovely Caroline

Honk If You’re Vegan – delicious vegan recipes, thoughtful posts about the vegan lifestyle and vegan restaurant reviews in the US by delightful Celeste

I hope you enjoy reading their posts as much as I have!

The Versatile Blogger Award

Logo of the versatile blogger awardMiss Marzipan, a wonderful lady whose magic touch creates all sorts of beautiful things (do have a look at her blog and you’ll see what I mean), has nominated No Naughties for the Versatile Blogger Award. I thank her for her kindness.

I’m not going to follow all the rules of this Award (sorry!): I’ll just nominate a handful of blogs. If I have nominated your blog and you don’t want to take part, that’s absolutely fine. There’s no obligation whatsoever to participate or respond. I am merely listing blogs I think will be interesting, for different reasons, for others to follow.

Many thanks for those of you who follow and read this blog, and those who have kindly told others about No Naughties – much appreciated!

I hope you all have a wonderful 2013!


Nominated by: Miss Marzipan

The rules:

• Display the award certificate on your website

• Announce your win with a post and link to whoever presented your award

• Present 15 awards to deserving bloggers (Versatile Blogger)

• Drop them a comment to tip them off after you’ve linked them in the post

• Post 7 interesting things about yourself

7 things about me:

  • I’m horse mad (and a great animal lover in general) and I love riding on Dartmoor.
  • I’m an avid ‘Swanwicker’.
  • I’ve lived in four different countries and now live in South West England.
  • Some think you can never have too many shoes or handbags, but I think you can never have too many books.
  • I love salt liquorice – and I’m so pleased you can now get sugar-free varieties as well!
  • My hubby cooks the best roast dinners.
  • I’d love to have riding holidays in Australia, South Africa and the US. Maybe one day…

My nominees for the Versatile Blogger Award (in alphabetical order):

A Lot on Your Plate – practical tips for busy people, and at the moment Jess is running a fab baking competition

Karin Bachmann – fascinating serialised short stories for children (and adults) in English and German (a new story has recently started)

candids by Jo – food and travel stories through her beautiful photography

Cucina Ceri – paleo, gluten free & refined sugar free recipes, all super delicious

Make, bake and sew – wonderful things to make and bake

Simon Says! – solid (and humorous!) writing advice for aspiring and established writers

Sufey – a feel-good blog: inspiration, positivity and healthy baking