Cooks giving kitchen tips
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.
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.