For the love of food

Published on 06 July 2018

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Braybrook Community Hub is serving up more than your average computer class.

A love of food and cooking has collided with a computer class’ passion for learning. The outcome? A delicious cook book!

Over two semesters, the participants of the Intermediate Computer Class, which is funded by Yarraville Community Centre, attended weekly classes at Braybrook Community Hub.

With a focus on advanced Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and internet skills, the class gives students an opportunity to create slideshows with sound and animation, explore social media, and use the internet to shop and book flights.

It was when tutor Jason discovered the student’s love of tasty, home cooked meals that the idea of creating a cook book together came about.

“Over the duration of the course, morning teas would often be enhanced with a delicious plate of food that one of the participants had made and brought along for everyone to try,” Jason said.

“After discovering we were a multicultural group of food lovers, it seemed the natural path to take. Why not combine the process of making a cook book together into a computer based project and learn how to use technology along the way?” Jason continued.

Each student cooked a meal that best represented them and their background, and then styled and photographed the food. They then wrote the recipes and together, worked to design and style the book using the skills learnt during their classes.

With sweet and savoury dishes from a range of cuisines, the cook book includes empanadas, pork adobo, turrones, rocky road and much more.

Local resident Prelene contributed a Leche Flan and Stir Fry Noodle recipe to the book.

“I am happy that I met different people and I felt comfortable to share my skills in writing. Studying has helped me improve myself and my confidence in using the computer. I just want to keep learning more.” Prelene said.

Our Cook Book is currently available to purchase at Braybrook Community Hub for $12. Proceeds from the sale of the cookbook will go towards funding a new creative educational program for students.

Message from the Mayor, Cr Cuc Lam

It is wonderful to see students make the most of their learning experiences, and I can’t wait to try out some of the recipes in this cook book.

There is a range of creative learning opportunities available at Braybrook, Maidstone and Maribyrnong Community Centres that put students at the centre of the learning journey, so make sure you check out what is on offer.