Parents centre cookbook a perfect gift

Ashburton Parents Centre cookbook authors Nicole Elliot (left) and Michelle Boleyn with daughter Eve, 3.

Ashburton Parents Centre has produced a cookbook filled with easy to follow recipes, which would be perfect as a gift or stocking filler this Christmas.

Michelle Boleyn and Nicole Elliot decided to make the cookbook to raise funds for the centre.

“We had a market day here earlier in the year and we came up with the idea to make a cookbook.”

It has taken over five months to put the book together beginning with asking around for recipes.

“We put it out to the Parent Centre committee and friends of the committee to send through their favorite recipes and we took it from there,” they said.

The book is a nice compact size with a clean layout and easy to follow recipes ranging from yummy popcorn slice to hearty beef and beer stew.

“We didn’t want it to be fancy it’s just good hearty home cooked meals set out in sections like main meals, sweets and lunchbox ideas. We added notes at the front for swaps and substitutions for things like self-raising flour or what you can use instead of eggs, and measurement conversions as well,” Nicole said.

After selecting the recipes for the book the hard graft started as they copied instructions step by step to turn them into easy to read recipes.

Michelle hoped the book would encourage youngsters and busy people to cook.

“People that have bought the book have commented that the methods are easy, there’s not a million steps and we didn’t use expensive ingredients or cuts of meat,” she said.

The cookbook costs $20 and can be purchased from Canterbury Chiropractic at 246 Havelock Street, or Canterbury Feed Assessment at 45 Robinson Street during open hours. People can also message the Ashburton Parents Centre Facebook page.

All sale proceeds go back into the Ashburton Parents Centre, a volunteer based service that offers free educational classes and play groups for the community.

~By Daniel Tobin