Shared recipes get everyone talking


THIS month the Waterbridge Fast Foodies are cooking up a storm with the cooking program at the Gagebrook Community Centre on Wednesdays. Chefs at Home cooking classes are held on Tuesdays at the Gagebrook Community Centre with Janet Fedczyszyn. If you would like to join us, cook and have some fun and a few laughs, please contact the Gagebrook Community Centre on 6263 6097 for more information or look us up on the Waterbridge Food Co-Op page on Facebook – we are always looking for new people to cook with us. Continue reading “Shared recipes get everyone talking”

Long-time ‘Blitzers’ recognised for their work


FOUR of our long-term participants were recognised at a small celebration ceremony at the Bridgewater LINC recently.  The ceremony was also attended by members of Community Blitz Governance Group and Mayor Tony Foster who presented certificates to the four who had given more than 200 hours with the other two working in excess of 100 hours on the full range of community projects.  Glenn Randall said he had really enjoyed working with the Blitz team, meeting new people and putting his learned skills into the community projects.   Glenn has worked for more than 120 hours with Blitz and said that he was putting back into this community for the first time ever.  He is more fulfilled now that he is reconnecting with the community.  Recently Glenn completed his work experience commitment with MAX Employment and now volunteers with Community Blitz two days a week.

Brighton Mayor Tony Foster congratulates long-time ‘Blitzers’ on their work in the community.

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Seasonal vegetables make fabulous frittata


WELL here I am with my second article for the Brighton Community News! This month the Waterbridge Fast Foodies are underway with our second lot of cooking classes at the Gagebrook Community Centre (first Wednesday of the month) and at the Brighton Civic Centre (second, third and fourth Wednesdays of the month). If you would like to join us and cook up a storm please contact the Gagebrook Community Centre or look us up on the Waterbridge Food Co-Op page on Facebook – we are always looking for new people to cook with us.

The Waterbridge foodie team at work.

In our first 10-week cooking program, which ran from April to June,  we cooked more than 650 meals which have been sold through to the Waterbridge Community Pantry or given to community food programs. We have also made more than 450 jars of jams and chutneys which have ranged from apricot to feijoa! I can’t thank the Fast Foodies cooks enough for all of their amazing cooking – you are just awesome!

This month we have been using the best of the winter’s seasonal vegetables making broccoli and cauliflower frittatas. These yummy little veggie bundles are good hot or cold and are great in lunchboxes. You can also add other veggies from the fridge to really pack those vegetables in.

Happy cooking!

Broccoli and Cauliflower Frittatas (makes 8)


Cooking oil spray

500g of broccoli and cauliflower mix, chopped

4 eggs

2 ½ cups milk

1 ½ cups tasty cheese, grated

100g of shaved ham, chopped

4 spring onions, chopped



  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Lightly spray eight pie pans or a muffin tin with cooking oil spray and place on an oven tray.
  • Arrange vegetables in the base of the pans.
  • Whisk eggs with milk, add grated cheese, ham and chopped spring onions.
  • Carefully pour mixture over the vegetables.
  • Bake for 30 minutes until set and golden in colour.
  • Serve hot or cold with salad or more vegetables.

The Waterbridge Community Pantry at Gagebrook Community Centre sells broccoli and cauliflower along with a range of fruit and vegetables. Come in and have a look.

Notes from a fast foodies’ kitchen



I’M Christine and this is my first of regular cooking articles for the Brighton Community News.

I am super excited because I get to share the recipes and stories from the Waterbridge Food Co-Op Fast Foodies cooking group. Waterbridge Food Co-Op is a really important project which aims to improve access to healthy and nutritious food in the Bridgewater and Gagebrook area.  The Waterbridge Food Co-Op project is funded by Tasmanian Medicare Local and the Fast Foodies cooking group is funded through a grant from Feeding the Future. Continue reading “Notes from a fast foodies’ kitchen”

Former Speaker gives insight into workings of parliament


SCHOOL for Seniors members enjoyed a visit to Redlands Estate just a few minutes drive from New Norfolk in the Derwent Valley. Those who toured the distillery were informed on the required processes to produce a good drop of whisky and were impressed by the enthusiasm of the chief distiller who explained how the barley is treated through to the final product. They also enjoyed sampling the different tastes of various brews. Continue reading “Former Speaker gives insight into workings of parliament”

LINC helps you learn about food

WHETHER you get your food from the garden or the supermarket, you want it to be tasty and good for you.  Once you have learnt some gardening skills and how to keep food fresh and making sure it’s safe to eat, you will be on your way! Not only to becoming a great cook, but you might want to get a job in the food industry. Continue reading “LINC helps you learn about food”

Culinary arts program focuses on health and wellbeing

STUDENTS from schools in the lordan River Learning Federation and Risdon Vale Primary swapped pizza­making tips with some of best, as the first of a series of 24 Carrot Gardens Culinary Arts workshops launches  at the  Bridgewater  Community  Centre.

The launch comes as the 24 Carrot Gardens Project design and construction phase is nearing completion, with the 12 participating schools planting and tending vegetable patches in their newly­ built garden beds. Continue reading “Culinary arts program focuses on health and wellbeing”

Home cooking teaches children more than food prep

WE all know that cooking at home with children encourages healthier lifestyles and teaches valuable life skills. But did you know children are also learning early maths and science concepts in their cooking?

Comparing temperature, weighing, measuring, counting and observing change, just to name a few. There are many jobs even the youngest of your children can do in the kitchen. Even babies can sit alongside you in a high chair and feel, touch, taste and smell all the different ingredients. So, if you haven’t involved your children in preparing daily meals give it a try today.

Donny, the Pontville Play2Learn chef, makes cannelloni with Pontville Play2Learn children.

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