Food Culture of First Australians

Featuring Maggie Beer with:
Christian Hampson – Cultural Landscape Designer, Yerrabingin
Tracy Hardy – Nutritionist

Module Description:
This special module is directed at the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, whilst being highly relevant across all homes. We will explore the ‘Native Larder’ from seed to table and discuss the flavours, aromas and cultural significance of traditional bush foods, which have provided sustenance for centuries. We also discuss the relationship that First Australians had with the land, rivers and seas, and how their knowledge of sustainable practices and respect for the environment ensured a continuous supply of food. There is a growing interest in the benefits and uses of Australian native ingredients as they become more accessible… and there are many ways we can include these foods in everyday cooking that will bring pleasure, especially to our Aboriginal and Torres Strait elders.

In this module:

  • We explore ways to source, grow and use native plants
  • We discuss the intergenerational importance of traditional food culture and memories
  • And we share recipes using native ingredients that are full of flavour and aroma

Learning Outcomes

When you have completed this course, you should be able to:

  •  Recognise the significant cultural diversity of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
  •  Explain how to demonstrate respect for culture and diversity
  •  Discuss ways to grow and introduce native foods into your meals
  •  Prepare and adapt recipes to include native Australian ingredients




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The Nitty Gritty

  • Duration & Cost

    All of the modules are designed to contain approximately 30 minutes of high quality content plus a self assessment check which could take another 10 to 15 minutes.

    The cost per module is free.

  • What do I get?

    These online training modules are designed to provide important practical skills that will help cooks and chefs provide wholesome, tasty foods for older Australians. On successfully completing each module you will receive:

    - MBF certificate
    - PDF download of key learning
    - MBF recipes presented in each module
    - Enrolment in the MBF Community Forum which encourages sharing of knowledge, answers to questions and access to experts
    - Ongoing access to recipes, newsletters and access to Maggie's expertise

  • Can I do it any time?

    Yes, once you have registered for a module you will be able to complete it at any time.

  • What happens after I complete the course?

    After completion, you will gain access to the MBF Community Forum, a place where you'll have the chance to ask any questions you might have and gain access to ongoing recipes created by the Maggie Beer team and expert chefs.

  • Ask Questions

    Once you've completed the course, you'll gain access to the MBF Community Forum where you'll be able to ask any outstanding questions to experts.

  • Learning Resources

    You will have access to the module PDFs and by enrolling in the MBF Community Forum, ongoing access to recipes, newsletters and Maggie's expertise.

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