GOOD COOKS: Abercorn State School P&C parents Kellie Smith and Janelle Burnham with the second edition of the school's Goodwill Gourmet cookbook.
GOOD COOKS: Abercorn State School P&C parents Kellie Smith and Janelle Burnham with the second edition of the school's Goodwill Gourmet cookbook. Alex Treacy

School cookbook refreshed to celebrate 20 years of games

EVERY good country cook has recipes that have stood the test of time, passed down through generations.

For Abercorn State School P&C mum Janelle Burnham, a stand-out recipe is her microwave chocolate pudding which her mother taught her.

"That's Janelle's go-to at all parties and functions,” Kellie Smith, who is also on the P&C, said.

"I use it all the time, I show up to people's houses with nothing and just go through their pantries and make chocolate pudding,” Mrs Burnham said.

"That is a true story,” Mrs Smith added.

Mrs Burnham's pudding recipe is one of many contained in the second edition of the Goodwill Gourmet cookbook, released to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the school's Goodwill Games on Saturday.

The first edition was released on the 10th anniversary of the games.

Mrs Burnham said the recipes were all classic home cooking.

"The ones where you've got 500g of mince and that's all you've got and the rest has got to be found in the pantry, those are the sorts of recipes that are in there,” she said.

Every family in the school has contributed recipes, including past parents, grandparents and teachers.

"It's more a community cookbook than a school cookbook, which is pretty cool,” Mrs Burnham said.

"As much as the P&C has made it, it's really come from the community.

"We are a community of good cooks.”

They get a lot of practice, too, as each week there is a roster for who makes tuckshop.

"Everyone has their go-to tuckshop meals too that you can make for 25 people and some of those are in there,” Mrs Burnham said.


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