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Cooking program teaches Aboriginal children to prepare and cook healthy bush tucker

Date posted: 11 July 2013

Corey Grech from the Kool purple kookas cooking program with support from an Aboriginal café in Redfern in Sydney is teaching Aboriginal children to cook and prepare healthy food using bush tucker like kangaroo, crocodile and emu.

The program started four years ago when Corey went to help his sister at her café in Redfern. During this time he had an opportunity to cook with some kids and they loved it so he started running cooking programs on a Friday for the local community. The aim of the program was to engage with the community and the community got to have a feed Corey said. ‘Many children in the area were left on their own on Fridays and they would get up to mischief, so we wanted to educate the kids and give them the tools for when they are on their own,' he said.

In 2011 Kool Purple Kookas became a non-for-profit organisation and is now running a Mums and bubs club where they focus on educating the participants about obesity and diabetes and the impact these conditions can have on their lives.

Corey has just compiled his first community cookbook with recipes he has learnt to cook from local community people. He travelled to communities where the local people would teach him a recipe eaten in the area. He then put a healthy spin on the recipe and put it in the cookbook.

Source: Deadly Vibe


Last updated: 11 July 2013
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