Masterchef mum Liliana Battle dropped into Karratha on March 5 to help local parents fill their child’s lunchbox with alternatives to the Vegemite sandwich.
The Port Hedland resident and former contestant in Channel 10’s hit cooking show led around 20 local mums through simple and healthy food ideas that can be prepared fast.
Among the snacks Liliana made were pasta frittatas, pasta salad, zucchini choc chip muffins, sushi sandwiches, sandwiches on sticks, guacamole with pizza tortilla wedges, trail mix and fruit wands with sweet ricotta dip.
“I’m here to encourage healthy eating with kids because I know mums sometimes get bogged down in the old vegemite sandwich and it is great to switch it up,” Liliana said.
“It wasn’t Masterchef food but food kids like – simple ideas to make the food look pretty and get people mums and dads reinvigorated.”
Liliana said her workshop focused on encouraging mums and dads to use leftover foods.
“The pasta frittata was a perfect example – pasta from last night mixed up with a bit of vegetables and meat and cheese,” she said.
Karratha mum Kylah Morrison attended the mini Masterchef class with her son Ollie Norman and said it was the simple ideas that stood out.
“The pasta frittata was a good example – so instead of making (a normal) frittata or omelette sized meal, Liliana talked about making it in muffin bite sizes for the kids,” Kylah said.
Kylah was also thankful for help with Ollie as Shire of Roebourne staff looked after the toddlers in attendance, while the mums tuned in to Liliana’s cooking class.
The toddlers also had fun when the workshop kicked off listening to a reading of The Hungry Little Caterpillar, before they designed their own caterpillars using fruit and veggies.
For Liliana the Karratha workshop is just one of many engagements she has been busy with ever since she left the Masterchef kitchen last year.
“I’ve been flat out – I’m catering and writing a book and doing lots of demos like this, which is nice,” Liliana said.
“It was a once in a lifetime experience being on Masterchef … it doesn’t happen to many people so you have to look back and say how lucky was I.”