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Cooking Class: Mabu Mabu Damper

Come along and get your cook on!

Mabu Mabu is a saying in the Torres Strait that means ‘help yourself’ or ‘bon appetite.’ It is announced at the start of a banquet or at a gathering of friends and family. And after tonight's class -you'll have your banquet skills ready!

Damper kits have now sold out but never fear you can still join in the fun! Fill out this form and we will send you the zoom link.

You'll just need to source:
3 cups self raising flour (enough for one type of Damper)
2 tbs room temperature butter (or vegan butter)
1&1/2 cups water
500g or 1/4 Japanese Pumpkin (roast before the session)

Optional Golden Syrup Butter
4 tbs room temperature butter (or vegan butter)
1 & 1/2 tbs golden syrup

In this online experience, Meriam chef, Nornie Bero will share her love of Australian native ingredients in a damper-making demonstration, showing participants how they can incorporate indigenous ingredients and flavours into their own home-cooking. In each session Nornie will make a variety of dampers in Torres Strait Islander style - wrapped in banana leaves and baked with pumpkin, wattleseed and saltbush varieties. She'll share tips on how to get the perfect damper softness, and where to source ingredients.

Mabu Mabu is a Torres Strait Islander owned and run business with an emphasis on using fresh, seasonal and native ingredients to create beautiful dishes that bring people together. Mabu Mabu is a term from the Torres Strait that translates to 'help yourself.' Traditionally, a Mabu Mabu is a banquet, shared table or big family meal. It's how we like to enjoy food on the islands: surrounded by the people we love.

Nornie Bero is the head chef and business owner. Originally from Mer Island in the Torres Strait, Nornie has been a professional chef for over 20 years. Her style of cooking is all about generosity and flavour. She has been creating dishes using native ingredients for much of her career, and is currently on a mission to make Indigenous herbs, spices, vegetables and fruits part of everyone's kitchen pantry.