An Urban Food Safari

In every sense of the word, the Urban Food Safari is about bringing international cuisine to the local community. This is an ongoing series of open workshops and demonstrations prepared by the men and women whose cultural heritage has exposed them to recipes from the four corners of the earth. This series is the perfect culinary and cultural constellation.


Back Of The Pantry

The true definition of sustainability! The ability to pull stock from the hidden recesses of the pantry, the forgotten drawers of the fridge and the frosty bowels of the freezer, transforming them into, THROWN TOGETHER, NOT THROWN OUT classics. Here we learn what a bit of imagination and some basic tips can get you. So, don’t throw it out, throw it in!

You never need to spend a fortune to eat well. This is a myth. In this workshop I teach you that simple, tasty, flavour filled dishes will not just create good fortune for your health and wellbeing but also save you a pretty penny. It all starts with smarter shopping and ‘working’ your ingredients! I’ll take you through, step by step what to shop for, where and when to shop and how to reduce costs and wastage while never sacrificing great taste. I guarantee you’ll be a whiz in no time!


FOR KIDS

Food Forest is all about getting kids closer to their produce. Smelling, tasting, picking, naming, combining, cutting, peeling, gouging, splicing, shaving. There is a vast and playful vocabulary when it comes to preparing, serving and eating food. In the Food Forest, we make this journey simple, playful and delicious. Kids will learn where their food comes from, how it is grown, how they can grow it, how they can cook it and how they can leave all around them gobsmacked by what they can now do.  

 In the Food Forest expect mountains of colour and an abundance of scents and textures. Stand back and watch what a sprig of curiosity, a pinch of passion and a dash of green goodness can yield in the hands of these next generation foodies.

Playing with Food - Kids are too often told to not play with their food. In this workshop, playing with food is what it's all about. This is how kids learn best - through interaction, experimentation and fun. This is a playful hands-on introduction into the world of taste, texture, scent and colour. Playing with Food relishes in changing eating habits one delicious mouthful at a time.

There are so many simple and powerful ways of working with food to help make your kids healthier, happier and more independent individuals. Following recipes: measuring, cutting, heating, boiling, tasting, testing, splicing, grinding, rolling, baking - cooking is an intense life skills laboratory…AND ITS FUN!

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WORKING WITH NDIS CLIENTS

AIMS

The stated goals of all my clients are to learn to cook so they can live and thrive independently and with dignity. My aim is to foster trust, work collaboratively, build practical skills and share the joys of cooking.  

 It’s hard to believe it’s taken me till now to find my hearts calling. I can’t compare the satisfaction I get working with my NDIS students with anything else I’ve ever done. Of course, there are challenges and obstacles to overcome. There are always plenty of surprises and some steep learning curves. But the experience of sharing what I know and the impact I see this yield – daily, is remarkable. It has changed me and my outlook on life.

 PROCESS

When it comes to food, I like to know everything I can about my clients. What are their likes and dislikes? What are their comfort foods? Do they like to experiment with food and flavours? Do they have any allergies? What are the limitations (if any) working with food? Do they prefer quick meals over a more in-depth process? Would they like to cook daily or prepare a batch of food that can be frozen and reheated?  Do they have a sweet tooth? Do they enjoy shopping for food?

I create an entire plan around these questions. This helps me create a profile, which sets into motion each client’s personal, tailored food safari.

 Every food safari begins with an expedition to the market or supermarket. I teach my clients how to identify fresh, in season and nutritious produce. I show them where to find trusted and reputable brands. And, I make sure they become savvy shoppers who know where and when to hunt for bargains. It’s all part of learning, growing confidence and having fun.

 At the end of each class, I go home and write up the recipe from that class. I like to use pictures I have taken throughout the session and place them in the document. This method works very well. It contextualises the work we have done, time and memory stamps it, serves as a shopping list and empowers the individual to get back in the kitchen and do it all again.

 RESULTS

The results with all of my clients have to date been amazing.

 ‘He is getting so much better and his confidence is soaring. THANK YOU.’

 ‘He has borrowed cookbooks from school today and I had to copy his favourite recipes and put them in a folder for him to keep. I am sure he will ask you if you could help him make some cakes, and slices too.’ 

 ‘Many many millions of thanks Lillie.  In just a short time frame of you being involved, the confidence and abilities we see in the boys is tremendous. Soon they will be cooking our skills :)’

 ‘…just something simple that the boys will feel proud of. Being part of making my cake will get them lots and lots of praise from guests, and the smiles will be worth everything to me…’

 ‘Lillie, we are so pleased to have found you.  Maybe we can actually have “L” living independently with supports in the future if she can cook!!’

 

We cook for practical reasons…we cook for special occasions…we cook for comfort and company…we cook to learn…we cook to empower…we cook to impress…but mostly we cook because we love it.

 I am forever grateful to the men, women and families who have trusted me with this work. Thank you.