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New cookbook a recipe for better Indigenous health

Date posted: 15 May 2012

A group of Indigenous women in far north Queensland are hoping to help close the health gap by teaching locals how to cook with traditional ingredients and techniques.

The Bama recipe book was launched in Mossman, north of Cairns, and features recipes like stingray curry and coconut damper.

Mossman Community Health spokeswoman Sylvia Green says Indigenous people need to get back to their cultural roots to curb high rates of disease like diabetes.  'Live off the land again, go hunting, get fresh fish, get fresh food off the land.' she said.

Ms Green says it is not your average recipe book and they are not your average recipes. 'You can have stingray curry - you can cook it in tea-tree bark underground.' she said.

Source: ABC News


Last updated: 21 May 2012
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