Friday Night In With Bianca, Managing Editor of yum. Gluten Free Magazine
If you haven't seen this magazine yet you need to download the latest version immediately.
Gorgeous recipes, great tips, and it's allllll gluten free! Plus - it won't cost you a cent to read!
When I saw the first edition of this magazine I knew I had to grab a copy. Finally a really beautiful magazine that was gluten-free friendly throughout. Bianca knows all the challenges of living gluten-free as you'll find out below, but what intrigued me the most was what made her produce such a nice magazine and offer it up to us for free?
Find out why when you get to know Bianca for tonight's Friday Night In…...
Please share a little about yourself…
I have three passions in life... family, food and magazines. I am fortunate enough to be living my passions.
At home my husband, Cambell and I are lucky enough to have two delightful, yet extremely independent daughters; Claudia (5) and Heidi (3). We are also lucky enough to be currently living in Tropical North Queensland just above Cairns, loving every minute of it. Our lives do have a huge focus around food creation and/or consumption, something that I have enjoyed since I was a little girl. Some of my earliest memories of food creation are from my grandparents backyard. Especially my nana’s rhubarb, picked fresh from the backyard, cooked to perfection, then served warm. All within minutes.
At work, which is home, I am a hard working and driven visionary with gluten free world domination on my mind. I know what I want, I figure out how to get it and then chase it with everything I have. My nearest and dearest will tell you that most days I am a constant wave of new business ideas and/or visions, sometimes driving them mad. But fortunately I now have quite a few years of experience under my belt, some good, some bad, from running my own publishing company to keep me focused in the right direction. In the last six years my publishing company has launched and delivered a national parenting lifestyle magazine, helped other’s self publish and has most recently launched yum. gluten free magazine and cook book. All these experiences have helped me learn how to tunnel my ideas, time and money effectively. Well, sometimes.
How did your magazine come about?
Initially I was diagnosed with Coeliac Disease in early 2011 after the birth of my second daughter. I then went on to find out that I was lactose intolerant, had a thyroid disease called Hasimotos and then diagnosed with anaphylaxis to preservatives from 220-230. Within a 12 month period I found myself in a brand new world of food. Originally I looked upon all of this as a negative, but soon adapted and found my new gluten-free way of life to be the catalyst for amazingly positive things including my popular blog, Mrs Gluten Free, which was simply a portal to share recipes and products with other like minded people. Soon I realized that Australian’s were crying out for gluten free information and recipes. Within six months we launched the first issue of yum. gluten free magazine (a digital publication) which was embraced by over 26,000 unique readers.
Now 10 months down the track we have produced six digital magazines that have been read over 630,000 times, printed a mini cook book and have a huge 34,000 fans that have joined us on Facebook.
Your magazine is gorgeous, how come you generously offer it free for readers online?
When I was originally diagnosed with Coeliac Disease I remember feeling completely overwhelmed - had no idea where to start. One thing was apparent though, everything that had a gluten free label seemed to be at least 20% more expensive than other products. It seemed so unfair.
So I wanted to provide a medium that people could turn to for reviews, information and recipes without costing them a cent.
The most rewarding part of your job?
Helping people feel normal after diagnosis. I have received so many beautiful emails from readers thanking us for helping them feel less intimidated by their new gluten free world.
The basic concept of yum and why it has the full stop after yum and before the words gluten free is that all of our recipes are yum, full stop, they just also happen to be gluten free. Just because you are diagnosed with Coeliac Disease or choose to be gluten free doesn’t mean you are different; ingredients change, but you can still eat incredible and normal type food. I want people to feel like they are reading a great food magazine, that just happens to be gluten free.
What haven’t you done yet that you wish you could?
How much time do you have? Because I have a list a mile long. We have a few short term projects on the roll but always with our main focus on bringing our readers monthly publications with great recipes and content.
Long term watch this space!
Favourite place in the world?
Home. I have been to many incredible places in the world, but nothing beats a home cooked meal shared around our table with family and friends. But... I do love Kota Kinablu in Malaysia for a family friendly getaway.
If you were a spice, which would you be?
Cinnamon. So versatile and completely underestimated. Adaptable to all types of cuisine and flavours, from giving an apple pie it’s magic to dominating a curry. Cinnamon is even renowned for its medicinal qualities. Amazing.
5 things you can’t live without?
Phone, buddha’s tears green tea, sunglasses, garlic, salmon
If you could choose to eat anything in the world for your next meal, what would it be?
Sashimi grade salmon poached in a light miso broth with asian greens
What was for breakfast?
Gluten free toast with avocado dressed with lemon juice, pepper and rocket.
How would you classify your eating style?
Open minded. Personally my first love is anything involving vegetables especially eggplants and zucchinis, followed closely with fish. When cooking for my girls and husband it’s much more of a simple style. But put me in a kitchen with my mum, dad and sister and it’s game on!
Your favourite way to stay active?
Swimming and walking.
What is your go to meal when you’re busy?
Home made basil and rocket pesto with some gluten free pasta or zucchini noodles.
Favourite yum. gluten free edition yet?
It would have to be our first edition.
Your best advice for living a wholesome, healthy lifestyle?
Food is more than your fuel, it’s your health.
Shop in season (check what fruits and vegetables are in season)
Shop organic where you can
Plate check - is 80% of your plate whole? Meaning unprocessed and not packaged?
Research - even if it’s just by reading cookbooks and magazines once a week to get inspiration and ideas so that when your shopping you have options rather that fallbacks.
How can readers find you?
You can find our blog, events and magazines at www.yumglutenfree.com.au