Cooks giv­ing kitchen tips

Central Queensland News - - RURAL WEEKLY - GEORDI OF­FORD Geordi.of­ford@ru­ral­weekly.com.au

A GROUP of sta­tion cooks has united to cre­ate the ul­ti­mate cook­ing guide.

The Sta­tion Cook’s Hand­book has been put to­gether by Face­book group The Sta­tion Cook’s Brain Trust and spear­headed by Raqual Humphries.

Ms Humphries has cooked on sta­tions through­out Queens­land and New South Wales. Money from book sales will go to Dolly’s Dream, a charity set up in me­mory of Amy ‘Dolly’ Everett.

“I used to write things down for the camp cooks who had no ex­pe­ri­ence,” Ms Humphries said.

“Last year I had a bit of time off work and thought I’d get into it.

“We’re only a group, so we don’t need the money, we chose to do­nate to Dolly’s Dream be­cause bul­ly­ing af­fects ev­ery­one.”

The hand­book will have tips for cooks, old and new, on how to plan their day, store food, use left­overs and find new recipes.

“Some­times when you’re in a re­mote area you can’t rely on your weekly or fort­nightly shop for get­ting fresh veg­eta­bles,” Ms Humphries said.

“Find­ing creative ways to use your left­overs for things such as sausage rolls or quiches can cut down food waste and cuts costs on your next shop.”

Ms Humphries said she was sur­prised by the amount of sup­port she had from her peers.

“A lot of peo­ple have their own cook­books and hand­books so I didn’t re­ally know what kind of a re­sponse I’d get,” she said.

“With the creation of the in­ter­net it’s not so much ‘se­cret squir­rel busi­ness’ any more and peo­ple are happy to share their recipes and tips.”

Ms Humphries said a hand­book would have helped when she started out 20 years ago.

“Back then you used to go to rodeos to meet up with other cook­ies and get tips from them there,” she said.

Fel­low sta­tion cooks had the op­por­tu­nity to sub­mit recipes and pho­tos to the book.

“A lot of the tips in the book have come from peo­ple ask­ing ques­tions in the Face­book group and I’ve put the best an­swers in,” she said.

Ms Humphries said she was hop­ing to start tak­ing pre-or­ders for the book by Jan­uary.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit The Sta­tion Cook’s Brain Trust group on Face­book.

If you or any­one you know needs help, con­tact Life­line on 13 11 14.

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PHOTO: FACE­BOOK AND FILE

NEW BOOK: The Sta­tion Cook’s Hand­book will have in­for­ma­tion for new cooks, with all money raised from sales go­ing to charity Dolly’s Dream.

Raqual Humphries.

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