Sarah Thompson tells us about her MamaBake group in Hawksebury, NSW, Australia.
1/ How long have you been MamaBaking for?
About a year now. We started off going every fortnight but then took a break over Christmas and now we meet monthly.
2/ How many are you and where?
In our group theres six regulars and a few others that come sometimes. Were based in the Penrith and Hawkesbury area of NSW.
3/ What’s the common bond you all share?
We all know each other from our local Australian Breastfeeding Association group. We’re all training to be breastfeeding counsellors (or have already completed the course) and so we all have common things to discuss and our children are all of similar ages so the children can all play together happily while we bake.
4/ What are the favourite meals?
Spaghetti Bolognaise is a regular and we also love the slow cooker!
5/ How does MamaBake improve motherhood for you?
MamaBake makes those hard days that little bit easier. On those days when I feel run off my feet and I want to come home and relax, it makes me feel good to know I have a home cooked meal to feed my family instead of take away.
6/ Do you have any food values you adhere to for the group sessions?
We all have things our families don’t or can’t eat. Pork products, artificial colours and preservatives are the biggest ones. We all make sure our meals avoid the things people cannot eat to make it suit everyone.
7/ Why do you MamaBake?
I MamaBake because it’s a great way to contribute to each other’s families, to try new food and I hope that it teaches our children a sense of community and team work.
8/ One tip for other Mamas thinking about MamaBaking?
Get started! I didn’t think it would work out at first but once we gave it a go, everyone loved it and now we really look forward to it!