This week, we are celebrating Men’s Health Week by sharing recipes from men in our community.

According to Men’s Health Week research, 70 per cent of a man’s overall health can be controlled through lifestyle choices, such as eating healthy and building social connections.

To encourage men in our community to try easy and nutritious meals, we’ve called on seven men in Boroondara to share their favourite recipes and stories about how food plays an important role in bringing friends, family and the community together.

The campaign helps to grow our understanding of the physical and mental health issues impacting men. It also promotes the health and wellbeing of men in our communities.

Men in Boroondara experience a good quality of life when compared to other Victorian localities, with 86 per cent reporting their health as good, very good or excellent in the 2017 Victorian Population Health Survey. However, in the City of Boroondara as little as two per cent of male residents eat enough vegetables.

Explore the recipe cards

Gabriel’s family chicken and vegetable curry

Respected food and health experts, Gabriel Gaté and Rob Moodie, share Gabriel’s family-favourite dish, as well as their experience in how food can improve your overall health.

Rajma Masala – kidney beans curry

Ajai Dogra is a chef at community organisation Shirdi Sai Sansthan Melbourne Inc. He shares a delicious North Indian curry recipe that he enjoys cooking for his friends, family and local residents.

Spinach pie

Ben Chesler, volunteer for Boroondara Youth Voice and Youth Hub regular, shares his own adaptation of his mother’s go-to recipe, which is inspired by the Greek spanakopita dish.

Mountain pepper fish

Chris Hume is the Men’s Cultural Worker at Mullum Mullum Indigenous Gathering Place. He talks us through a recipe filled with native ingredients that he enjoys cooking after a fishing trip.

Chicken soup

Known as ‘Jewish penicillin’, Rabbi Gabi from Ark Centre shares his great-grandmother’s recipe, which is renowned in the Jewish community for its healing properties.

Lamb and vegetable soup

Timothy Cox is the Kitchen Manager at Servants Community Housing. He shares a hearty soup recipe that everyone can enjoy as we come into the colder winter months.

Pizza dough

Martin Roche is a member of the North Balwyn Community Men’s Shed. He explains the story behind a recipe that is much-loved and used in the Shed’s pizza oven.