The Frugal Feast – creative cooking on a budget with Harriet Walker

14 November 2014

Zoya Patel

Zoya is the Senior Manager of Corporate Relations and Communication at YWCA Canberra.

harriet walkerThis month, we’re raising funds for our Lanyon Food Hub through The Frugal Feast – a recipe book, and a week of fundraising activities that will engage the community and provide new and exciting ways for you to get involved and make a difference this festive season.

Our week of activities runs from 17 – 21 November, and on Friday 21 November at 12pm at the Market Kitchen, we’re bringing you a special food workshop with Harriet Walker, sharing tips and ideas for a festive, frugal feast this Christmas. Check out our chat with Harriet below, and RSVP using the form at the bottom of the page!

Tell us about the Wellness to Wholeness project – where did the idea come from?

I have been working within the health and fitness industry for a few years now and the one thing I know is that good health can only be achieved by coming from all angles – fitness, diet, headspace, relationships and work/life balance!  Wellness to Wholeness was about show casing the various ways we can incorporate more balance into our lives so we can live fully, to the best of our ability! I went with the idea to my good friend, and now business partner, Myffy Galloway, and within a week we were planning it! We are now looking to 2015 – having just caught up on sleep lost during the project!

Why are you passionate about wellness, and nutrition?

Having dragged myself through a few life shattering events in my early adulthood, I can only say that I am happy and healthy today because of my dedication to my own self care, of mind, body and spirit. I have been lucky enough to have grown up in a household where healthy eating and regular exercise were highly valued and those habits will be with me for life.

It’s so great that you’re supporting the Frugal Feast – why do you think supporting the community through events like this is important?

I have seen the work that organisations such as the Food Hub in Lanyon do. Food scarcity is a big problem in lower socioeconomic groups and is not absent in the ACT – there are plenty of families, and individuals, who go without a proper meal more often than I can bear to think. Community initiatives such as this are so important for raising awareness of the issue, and raising much needed funds to help bridge the gap.  I am fortunate enough to have all I need and believe it’s our responsibility as a community to give back in whatever way we can when we can. Plus cooking is a great way to bring people together, especially at this time of year!

What your favourite cheap, delicious meal?

I love omelettes! Eggs are full of lots of awesome vitamins, minerals, healthy fats and protein. I often do an omelette at the end of the week with any stray veggies in the fridge and it’s usually a big hit (if I do say so myself!).

Harriet’s cooking demonstration and workshop will take you through a three-course festive meal on a budget. This event is supported by Belconnen Fresh Food Markets

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