Who’s your mob?
From my maternal grandmother I am Kuku Yalanji – the rainforest people from Wujal Wujal, located in the Bloomfield Valley. From my maternal grandfather, I am Yirrganydji – from the Cairns region
From my paternal Grandmother I am Olkola, located in Southern Central Cape York. My paternal Grandfather was born on Thursday Island in the Torres Strait, to Philippine parents.
My parents were both born and raised in the mission community of Yarrabah – “paradise by the sea” which is 50km SE of Cairns.
What does NAIDOC Week mean to you?
NAIDOC Week is a chance to celebrate, share and be proud of my culture.
How do you celebrate NAIDOC?
Always with food and sharing it. Using NAIDOC as a teaching opportunity for non-Indigenous friends and colleagues. Wearing the flag/something with Indigenous artwork.
Heat the oil in a large pot, on medium heat
Add the chicken and ⅓ of the ginger and garlic, stir to cook evenly, once skin starts to curl up
Once the skin is slightly browned, add the vegetables and another ⅓ of the ginger and garlic, continue stirring
Add a decent splash of soy sauce and stir
Add your hot water or chicken stock, enough to cover everything
Cook rice as you normally would, with water and salt
Meanwhile bring the chicken and veg to a simmer, taste, add more soy sauce if needed, add the last of the ginger and garlic
Cook until vegetables are soft, and chicken is coming off the bone
Serve with the cooked rice
Depending on how greedy your family members are, this could be enough for 8-10 people 😊.