|Photo supplied by Maeve O’Meara|
Maeve is asking people to get involved in A Taste of Harmony which is a program all about encouraging people to share their food and culture at work. A Taste of Harmony runs until the 25 March so there is still time to participate just click on A Taste of Harmony to find out more and register your workplace for free online. You’ll be sent a free promotional pack to help decorate your event and then all you have to do is get ready to enjoy a the flavours of your workplace.
Here’s what Maeve had to say:
What is your role in A Taste of Harmony?
I’m one of the ambassadors promoting this great initiative which encourages Australians to celebrate the cultural diversity that exists in their workplace. It sounds simplistic, but I believe food and the culture that goes with that food opens doors, breaks down barriers and helps understanding and this is the basic premise of A Taste of Harmony and I’m incredibly proud to be an ambassador.
Why would you encourage people to register for A Taste of Harmony?
It’s fun and free! It also makes you realise what a truly fabulous multicultural country we live in…and there’s no better way to celebrate that than through food. Australia would be a very boring place if we didn’t have so many people from around the world come and teach us about everything from olive oil to appreciating good coffee and bread. We are a richer country as a result – can you imagine life without Italian pizza, Moroccan spices, Vietnamese salads? We have all this and more right on our doorstep.
Who have you learnt most about food from?
I’d have to say the family that surrounded me when I joined SBS Television many years ago – there was such a great food culture there and spirit of sharing and people proud of where they came from and a willingness to bring everyone else into their circle. It was my best learning curve and many of my friends are gathered from those days.
What have been some of the highlights of presenting Food Safari?
The sheer joy of being “behind the lace curtains” – in the world of people who have come from across the world with their culture and their recipes and who generously allow a strange film crew in to show off a recipe. It never ceases to amaze me at how people can absolutely sparkle showing off their favourite family recipes. I am truly blessed. We also film in some of the least known and best known restaurants but love to get chefs cooking in their own homes.
What did you learn presenting Food Safari?
So many recipes, lots of funny stories and a real window into other lives lived. I’ve also learned that food is the thing that brings families together, the sitting down for a meal, the sharing of food and stories…those are the great moments of life.
|Beautiful Greece. One of the approximately 1 million photos I took in Santorini last year. Such a photogenic place.|
Is there a country in the world or region in particular that has captured your heart?
I love taking people to Greece every year with my Gourmet Safaris … to learn about the food and the people…we visit four different islands and each time its filled with those experiences money can’t buy – sitting down with families in their homes, dancing with a whole village in the village square under the moonlight…I’m very fortunate to have great people around me who can make those experiences happen!
Is there a hidden area of Australia that you can recommend?
I love Kangaroo Island for its wild beauty and pristine environment and some great produce…and Broome with its great mix of landscape and people and that magical beach that calls me back year after year – at sunset you feel like you’re inside a beautiful seashell as the colours change around you.
What are your favourite things to eat?
Just about anything…good home cooked food, fresh seasonal produce. I love the spiciness of Malaysian food.
What are your favourite things to cook?
Most weeks I learn new recipes as we film our new show…I love trying them out on the family at home…our latest discoveries are Filipino adobo and Peruvian lomo saltado.
Do you have any recommendations for places to eat at or shop at for food at in Melbourne?
I love the fresh produce markets especially the Queen Vic Markets, love popping around the corner to Dolcetti to pick up nougat - it’s fabulous, love the coffee at Pellegrino, seeing Guy Grossi and tasting something fresh and delicious from his kitchen – the lasagne! Our friends at the Ethiopian Bakery in Dandenong, the list goes on and on…
Do you read blogs? What do you think of them?
To be honest I barely have time to breathe right now but love Gourmet Chick and your photos are amazing.
What are some final tips for the readers of Gourmet Chick?
Go out and explore and taste something you’ve never seen before…and have a happy A Taste of Harmony Week.