Monthly Archives: March 2014

Join the Cook’s Companion App feedback team


Feedback wanted! My team and I are constantly looking for ways to improve the Cook’s Companion App and we would love to hear your opinions.

Would you like to participate in a short 10 minute survey about the App?

If you’re selected, we’ll send you a $5 PayPal voucher so you can have a coffee on us, to thank you for your time**

We are interested in opinions from all perspectives – you can participate even if you haven’t downloaded or purchased the App.

Please fill out the expression of interest form below and we’ll be in touch soon!

**If you qualify to join the Cook’s Companion App survey team, we will be in touch with an invitation. Participants who are seleced to fill out the 10 minute survey will be sent $5 via PayPal on completion of the survey, once the survey period has ended. If you don’t already have a PayPal account, you’ll need to open one when you recieve the payment.

Upcoming events: Western Australia

Street Food Fair & book signing
York St, Albany, WA
29 March 2013, 11am-1pm

I’ll be signing books along with Anna Gare at the Street Food Fair in Albany from 11am-1pm. If you’re in town, please come and introduce yourself, I’d love to meet you!

Three Cooks Lunch
Pepper & Salt Restaurant, Denmark, WA
30 March 2014

Anna Gare, Sophie Zalokar and I have each designed a lunch course which we will discuss and present for sampling at Pepper & Salt restaurant at Forest Hill Wines. However, the event is completely sold out! If you have already booked, I look forward to seeing you there.

Kitchen Garden Program Training Day (Western Australia)
Little Grove Primary school, Albany WA
31 March 2014, 8:30am-6:30pm

This is a hands-on workshop for teachers involved in the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation Program. Covering specific kitchen and garden skills, program management training, and the chance to meet Foundation staff and connect with other schools. Open to current Kitchen Garden teachers, and schools planning to join the program.

Please contact Marcelle Coakley for information and bookings on (03) 8415 1993 or

Newsletter 14 – Travels and Food Adventures

Newsletter 14It is inevitable that as the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden project grows and grows my role has changed. This month we will be celebrating as our 500th school joins the family. From just one school in 2001.

I am still the face and voice requested at numerous gatherings where I can expound on the philosophy and history for as long as required. I sit on the Board, I am part of several sub-committees, but it is so important to actually get out and talk to the students, listen to the teachers, admire the efforts of community action. Over the last month I have seen so much.

So many schools. So different from one another. Urban, regional, remote. Some are wonderfully well equipped, others are just starting their journey. The common feature was enthusiasm and smiling faces. I returned home tired but satisfied that we are engaged in a very valuable program with its aim of encouraging behavioural change in the food habits of young Australian children.

Here are a few observations I jotted down during my recent travels…