Extreme MamaBaking: Eureka!

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MamaBake Group Stories - Eureka
Mamas and the babes-in-arms corner/Photo by Bec Clark
Prepping herbs and spices for curry bases/Photo by Bec Clark
Spice collection for curry/Photo by Bec Clark

Catching up/Photo by Bec Clark
A small portion of the big batches ready for the divvy up/Photo by Bec Clark
Sauces jarred and ready for the divvy/Photo by Bec Clark

39 children and 19 Mamas were counted for the biggest ever MamaBake which took place in the beautiful village hall of little ole Eureka: a hamlet in northern NSW, Australia.

Women came armed with gigantuan pots and pans, fresh aromatic herbs and citrus fresh from their gardens, take away containers and snacks for the children.  Gatherings of this size happen about once every school holiday.  Mamas come from across the shires to be part of it.  Generally, the sweet spot number for regular, more local MamaBake groups is about four.

Because we had a such a large and diverse group, we opted for the Sauce and Marinades option.  This is where everyone brings a big batch base sauce or marinade that can be used for meat or vegetarian meals and works brilliantly for huge numbers.

Here’s the MamaBake Booty list:

  • Spicy Pumpkin Sauce
  • Spare Ribs Marinade
  • Thai-inspired BBQ marinade
  • Cheese, Herb and Mustard White Sauce
  • Sweet Chilli Sauce
  • Guava Jam
  • Caramelised Pumpkin & Sage Pasta Sauce
  • Sweet & Sour Sauce
  • Raw Cashew ‘Gravy’
  • Green Curry Paste
  • Red Curry Paste
  • Massaman curry paste
  • Mango Vege Curry
  • “Hidden Vege” Pasta Sauce
  • Jamie Oliver’s Curry Base
  • Old fashioned Tomato Sauce
  • Greek Basil Pesto
  • Minestrone Soup
  • Raw Kiwi Lime Dipping Sauce and
  • Mango Coconut Curry sauce
Impressive huh?
Here are some more photos from another biggun we had.  This time we all cooked meals and grouped into four and swapped to keep it manageable.  Don’t attempt to try this at home!
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