Ballymena grandmother, Joye Carson, has compiled a cookbook which she hopes will raise lots of funds for a charity close to her heart - the Smiles Foundation (Roania).
The Smiles Foundation is a Christian charity which seeks to help people in Romania by eradicating poverty, teaching life skills, educating people as well as helping in any practical way they can and of course most importantly bringing them love and the hope that comes from God alone.
Joye has been involved with ‘Smiles’ for six years and has visited Eastern Europe on several occasions.
She said: “When I went out in Romania in July to build a house, I discovered that the ‘Smiles’ school at Tileagd was badly in need of money to keep the kids warm through the winter months.
“We also aim to feed them a good meal through each day and to provide their uniform, not to speak of educating them and that all takes a lot of money.”
“I wondered what I could do to help as I love that little school and would hate to see it closing. That’s when God put it in my head to go with my cooking hobby and produce this book.”
‘Family Favourites’ contains an extensive collection of down to earth, easy to make recipes including, Oreo Rocky Road traybakes and Joye’s personal favourite, Spicy Pork Casserole.
The former childminder said: “I love cooking but particularly enjoy baking. I studied catering at college and worked in a school meals kitchen until I left to have my family.”
One thousand copies of the book, which was designed and printed by Michelle McCabe in Antrim, have been produced with 140 already sold.
Copies are available by contacting Joye on 07761956596.