Recipes from bama

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - AN­GELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

BAMA women have gath­ered their knowl­edge as part of the healthy life skills pro­gram to launch a book of tra­di­tional and con­tem­po­rary recipes.

The recipe book, ti­tled Moss­man Bama Recipe Book, pro­motes eat­ing healthy through or­ganic food and food from off the land and el­der Joan Salam said she en­joyed get­ting in­volved and shar­ing her recipes.

“I have two recipes in the book, co­conut curry chicken and a dish called sop which is diced up veg­eta­bles with sweet potato, taro, pump­kin and you can do it with casava as well, it’s a vegetable dish cooked in co­conut,” she said.

“Sylvia (Green) asked us all about indige­nous cook­ing, we all cook and the ladies were will­ing to share.”

Ms Salam said it is im­por­tant for the younger gen­er­a­tions to learn the recipes.

The cover de­sign was cre­ated by Gorge artists Loretta Spratt and Pamela Salt, who also de­signed the logo for the pro­gram.

Com­mu­nity Health project of­fi­cer Sylvia Green said 22 women are in­volved in the healthy life skills pro­gram and the ma­jor­ity con­trib­uted to the recipe book.

“The idea was to make the recipe book with mostly tra­di­tional food - prawns, pen­ni­win­kles, tur­tle, dugong, crab, mus­sels, sting rays, jew­fish - with a lot of fruit and veg­eta­bles off the land and co­conut is used a lot,” she said.

“We wanted to fo­cus on the tra­di­tional foods they have at feasts and wed­dings and with con­tem­po­rary dishes they cre­ate like beau­ti­ful sal­ads, sop, chicken and desserts.

“The aim is to be cul­tur­ally ap­pro­pri­ate and keep the cul­ture go­ing, know that you can eat off the land and not live on pro­cessed foods, eat or­ganic and nat­u­ral, go to the mar­kets and fish­ing - it’s bet­ter for you.”

The pro­gram also in­cor­po­rates ex­er­cise, fit­ness and gar­den­ing, with the women de­vel­op­ing their own communal gar­den as part of the pro­gram to learn how to grow veg­eta­bles and herbs.

The Moss­man Bama Recipe Book is not for sale but is avail­able for indige­nous women and there are copies at the high school and li­brary.

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