Men’s Cooking Group (MCG)



Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, social distancing rules and lockdown to Stage 4 in Victoria, we currently meet via ZOOM for about 30 to 40 minutes.
Eight members met on 9th October via ZOOM for a social catch up and we also watched Jamie Oliver give us some cooking hints. 
Men’s Cooking Group will hold their next ZOOM get together on Friday 13th November- Details below
In the meantime, try some recipes on line or books etc and if you find something worthwhile, let me know and I will post the recipe on our website.
Stay Safe.
Col Pask Convenor

November 13th – Zoom Get Together

The men’s Cooking Group have now been meeting via ZOOM each month since March.  We are in recess from face-to-face meetings until social distancing rules are stopped and so we are meeting via ZOOM. 
Details for the November ZOOM meeting are:
Date:   Friday 13th November
Time: 11:00am
ZOOM Meeting Col Pask will send out invitation to all who are interested with link prior to 13th.
Subject: Anything at all – social get-together
Looking forward to our next catch-up via ZOOM
WANTED : A replacement Men’s Cooking Group convenor as I will be stepping down in March 2020.
Col Pask: 0418 325 240

Yummy Multigrain Bread

It has been impossible to find any Bread Mix in the supermarkets lately. So I thought I would try and source a recipe for my Bread Maker that uses White Baker’s Flour, Grains and no sugar . Well that proved difficult as so many American recipes for bread contain sugar. I tried one using honey and egg but it came out 5cm high for a 1Kg loaf – edible but VERY heavy.

So I worked out what I though might work ….and it did. Fabulous tasty lovely grainy loaf. So here is my recipe that I now use.

For 1Kg loaf

  • 320ml of water = 320 gm
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey = 35 gm
  • 1 teaspoon salt (or less if you prefer)
  • 1 teaspoon of Olive Oil
  • 500 grams of Baker’s Flour (MUST be Baker’s Flour for higher Protein)
  • 2/3 cup 7 grain bread mix (or 7 Grain Cereal Mix I believe but check)
  • 2.5 teaspoons yeast (two and a half teaspoons)

Mix flour and grains in separate bowl and put aside for a moment.  Place ingredients above in order in the bowl of the Bread Maker – so water first then honey, then salt, then Olive Oil, then flour/grains then yeast.  Set Bread Maker to

  • CRUST what you prefer
  • LOAF e.g. 750gm for above ingredients 
  • Turn on or set delayed start.

For smaller loaf reduce above as follows:

500 gm loaf – reduce ingredients to 1/2 of the above and set Bread Maker to 500 gm loaf

12.5Kg bag of Baker’s flour available now (May 2020) at Costco – about $11.99
7 grain mix available loose from Full Pantry, Maroondah Hwy, Croydon or other BULK FOODS outlets. (Not sure about supermarkets)

I use a BREVILLE BBM800 Bread Maker Machine. Other Bread Makers might differ slightly. Enjoy your bread.

Col Pask


  • 1cup plain floor
  • 1cup desiccated coconut
  • 2/3 cup caster sugar
  • 125 g unsalted butter
  • 1cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup golden syrup or honey
  • 1/4teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tablespoon boiling water

1. Re heat oven to moderate 180C. Line trays with baking paper

2. Sift flour and sugar into large bowl. Add oats and coconut. Make a well in the in the centre.

3. Combine butter and golden syrup in a pan, stir over heat until butter is melted and smooth. Dissolve soda with boiled water [ it will foam]. Add this to butter  mixture. Add this to dry ingredients. Using a wooden spoon stir well.

4.Drop 1 table spoon of mixture at a time onto prepared try. Flatten gently allowing room for spreading. Bake for 20 minutes until brown. Remove to cool on a wire rack. ENJOY!      

From ‘Family Circle ‘      Vivianne Keys