Marlborough Mid-Week : April 15th 2015
8 MARLBOROUGH MIDWEEK, APRIL 15, 2015 NEWS Recipes for gluten free bread Having to adopt a new diet can often be a real challenge, but one Blenheim woman has used her new gluten-free eating regime to create a bread recipe book. Lesley Beaven has published a book of gluten-free bread recipes on ibooks, called Simple Homemade Gluten-Free Yeast Breads and includes 13 recipes. She created the recipes after she and her husband Peter were advised to adopt a gluten-free diet about 10 years ago. Unfortunately neither of them enjoyed the gluten-free bread available at the time, so Lesley decided to do something about it. ‘‘The supermarket breads back then were pretty shocking and they were really very expensive. They are less shocking now, but still very expensive,’’ she says. Alternative bread options that did taste good were inevitably loaded with ingredients she would rather not eat every day. ‘‘My sister sent me a commer- cial baking mix for bread and the bread was quite good, but when I looked at the ingredients I thought ‘that’s just ridiculous’. It was full of stuff that you wouldn’t normally eat.’’ So Lesley experimented at home to create tasty loaves using real ingredients. Her recipes are dairy-free and there are no eggs or gums or other ingredients you would not expect to find in bread. ‘‘They also don’t use corn, soy or nut-meal, which a lot of gluten free breads do.’’ The breads were so well received when she served them to family and friends, that she decided to compile a book. As well as the recipes, the book includes a step by step photographic guide to the baking method and information about the ingredients. She has had no trouble finding the ingredients in Blenheim either. She roped in a photographer friend and they had fun arranging BlenheimwomanLesley Beaven used her need for gluten-free food as an inspiration to write a bread recipe book. the photo shoots and then eating the subject mater, Lesley says. ‘‘I’d bake the bread and pack it up with other food. We’d lay it out on his terrace, because he always uses natural light, and pretend to be food stylists. Then we’d sit down and eat it all up for lunch.’’ It hasn’t all been fun and games and the project was put to one side in the aftermath of the Christchurch earthquakes. Lesley and Peter moved to Blenheim in 2011, and unfortunately Peter fell ill and died the following year. Lesley’s favourite bread in the book is a crusty white bread, which she created to fill the gap left by French bread. ‘‘It’s a wicked bread with abso- lutely no nutritional value and a great big crust and a white interior. There are some other really good others too though. ‘‘The one I often make for myself is the one I call the grain bread. I make it with buckwheat and it comes out as a beautiful springy soft bread. ‘‘It’s quite versatile and will Photo: DEREK FLYNN/FAIRFAX NZ keep for two or three days.’’ She hopes the book will appeal to those who have to be glutenfree, but also those who have to cater for gluten free people. Simple Homemade Gluten-Free Yeast Breads is available on ibooks for $14.99. To find the book search under the author’s name in the ibooks store. Mentor role welcomed By SVEN HERSELMAN If you speak to most 26-yearolds starting out in their careers they would tell you they have little time for anything but work and socialising, but young business analyst Mitchell Lee is keen to give his free time as a mentor. The St Bede’s College old boy moved to Marlborough last year and has signed up to become a mentor with the Synergy Youth Mentor Programme. As part of it he will take a young boy under his wing, spend time with him each week and hopefully instil some of the life lessons and good advice he has gained. ‘‘I’ve been fortunate in my upbringing and had some great mentors in my life, so hopefully I can impart some of that. I’m really looking forward to it,’’ Mitchell said. He has plenty of experience working with young people. After college he worked at a summer camp in the United States and did tennis coaching in Christchurch. His mum, a teacher at St Thomas of Canterbury College, Marlborough Research Centre business analyst Mitchell Lee is keen to become a mentor with the Synergy Youth Mentor Programme. Photo: SVEN HERSELMAN got him to help out as a volunteer for a trip for year 12 and 13 students to India for two months. ‘‘I really enjoy working with kids, they are pretty neat. I think my mum also instilled a strong civic duty in me.’’ Last year he used a four- month gap between jobs to volunteer at a YMCA as an outdoor instructor. His list of community work is impressive, but it goes further with a project he is working on to help unemployed people better market themselves. ‘‘I kicked it off last year and got a design school in Christchurch involved. The idea is to help people promote themselves better to prospective employers,’’ Mitchell said. His Synergy Youth mentoring role is due to begin after a training day on May 3, and while he doesn’t yet know much about his young mentee he’s keen to use sport as a way to connect. ‘‘I know it’s a boy so I reckon sport will be good, but I’m open to anything. I also realise it’s a commitment – they need consistency.’’ While many people would say they don’t have time to mentor a young person, Mitchell believes this excuse doesn’t hold up. ‘‘It’s so silly to say you don’t have the time – it’s an hour a week and it can make a huge difference.’’ ❚ A training day will be held on May 3 for prospective Synergy Youth mentors. Call Nancy Sherwood on 577 9005 ext 709 or email email@example.com for more details.
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