Blokes get bak­ing

Kapi-Mana News - - FOOD -

I had a chat with Steve Joll from The Breeze ra­dio sta­tion re­cently about his book Bak­ing for Blokes.

His book has been out for a while but I wanted to find out what the in­spi­ra­tion for it was, and I was quite sur­prised at his an­swer.

Steve said he was ap­proached by the pub­lish­ing com­pany and asked if he would like to pro­duce a book. Of course, he said yes. Steve con­trib­utes to a web­site called blokeswhobake.co.nz and the pub­lish­ing com­pany saw it and thought it might be a great idea. So did Steve.

The dilemma was what to put in it.

Steve has used some recipes he ob­tained from blokes who have con­trib­uted to the web­site and some are recipes he has tried and tweaked and re­tried, un­til he reaches a recipe he can call his own. He has made each and ev­ery recipe many times to en­sure they are of the high­est stan­dards and re­ally easy to make.

Bak­ing for Blokes was de­signed to en­cour­age men to bake with recipes that are idiot proof, which I ap­plaud. They are rated 1 to 5 with 5 be­ing the most dif­fi­cult but even the hard­est recipes are still at the easy end of the scale, says Steve.

Don’t be scared boys; let your in­ner baker shine through.

Steve has also con­trib­uted to an­other cook book just out called Wel­come Home. It has been pub­lished as a fundrais­ing ven­ture for the Neona­tal Trust. The trust does a won­der­ful job help­ing the fam­i­lies of those who have pre­ma­ture ba­bies in the unit.

The cook book is a labour of love from a group of vol­un­teers, in part­ner­ship with some great chefs and other sup­port­ers. Wel­come Home was in­spired by the gen­eros­ity that so many par­ents have ex­pe­ri­enced in the first days of wel­com­ing a baby into the world, ar­riv­ing home to find bas­kets of food left on the doorstep by friends and fam­ily.

There are new recipes from some of New Zealand’s top chefs, in­clud­ing Al Brown, Martin Bosley and Si­mon Gault. All pro­ceeds go to the trust.

You can only pur­chase the book from Mojo cafes or on­line (neona­tal­trust.org.nz) for $39.99. It’s a fan­tas­tic recipe book and a won­der­ful char­ity.

For more of In Your Kitchen, visit kapi­mananews.co.nz

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