Recipes from bama
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.