Mama Bake – a revolution in the kitchen

Mama Bake is exactly the kind of thing I’d like to do. It involves food and chatting with friends – time extremely well spent, in my opinion!

The concept is simple but unique. Described as a ‘worldwide community of big batch, group cooking, laundry ignoring, Mamas’, Mama Bake is essentially groups of locals mums getting together once a week to cook one big batch recipe each. The batch then gets divvied up amongst all the mums at the end of the session and everyone goes home with a few nights worth of home-cooked dinners. There’s also the added benefits of saving time and having a good old gas-bag with friends while you cook.

So, what qualifies as a ‘big batch recipe‘? As Mama Bake describes, ‘Serves 4’ doesn’t cut it when cooking Mama Bake style. Instead, you’ll find lots of tried and tested recipes on the website that all serve fifteen or more people. The emphasis is on wholesome family favourites – casseroles, mild curries, soups and lunchbox fillers. I’ve got my eye on the Thai Roast Pumpkin and Green Bean Curry and I know I’d be a hero with the kids if I served up the Cheesy Winter Green Triangles for dinner. More recipes are also available on the Mama Bake blog and via their email newsletter.

Potential Mama Bakers should note that there is a good deal of light-hearted banter included in the recipes. So, if you’re one of those cooks who follows the recipe to the absolute letter, you might be best off skipping instructions like “Pour yourself a big, fat Gin.” if you are meeting at 9.30 in the morning. Or not.

Keen to start your own Mama Bake group? You can sign-up for free here. We’d love to hear about your experience if you get a group going!

Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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