Come along and learn how to make pasta is this quick 60minute workshop from fellow Deakin student Matt!
If you would like to cook alongside Matt, please have the following items on the night, otherwise you can come watch the session and cook at another time.
Serves: 4 people
375g (2 1/2 cups) of Tipo ‘00’ flour (substitute for plain flour if you can’t get 00)
1/2 tsp salt
4 fresh free-range eggs (room temperature about 24° -25°)
1/2 tbs Olive oil
400g Can Whole Tomatoes Peeled
3/4 garlic cloves
1/3 cup fresh Basil
1/4 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley
1/4 cup fresh Thyme
Get to know your session facilitator Matt!
Since 2018, Matt has been a student at Deakin University. He started this knowledge journey with a Graduate Certificate in Information Systems. Then, after a coffee with his Mentor, Matt was energised to take his advice and successfully gained entry into Deakin’s Master of Business Program.
Matt’s vision statement (or, if you read Simon Sinek, his why statement) “I am a leader who wants to inspire others to do what inspires them.” “Help one person a day to make their day better by 1%” is what, as one of his daily goals Matt shares with us. With this mission, Matt joined DUSA as a Student Representative in late 2019. He had experienced that Cloud Students were left out of many opportunities offered to students that attend campus. Matt wants to find a way to impact more people with the time he has each day. He knew that joining DUSA would offer a platform to challenge the status quo and always ask, why not.
At home, Matt and his wife Riquita decided to add a couple of limbs to their family tree, subsequently came Evelyn and Jake. With their young family, Matt and his wife navigate all of life’s hills and valleys.
Matt is not a stranger to the valleys in life. In 2012 while living in Bundaberg, He was in a motorbike accident. In a short explanation, he shares:
“I was airlifted from Bundaberg to Brisbane, wherein in my first half-conscious state, I learnt of my injuries. Multiple levels of spinal and spinal cord injuries and haemopneumothorax (collapsed lung with blood pooling in it), to name a few. Multiple surgeries were to follow. Initially in hospital for almost three weeks, then a six-month-long recovery, including learning to walk again. It is where I learnt, and I think my desire to help others do what inspires them.”
Leaving his full-time IT Management job at the start of 2021, he focused on his mental health, family and refocused on his passion. He candidly shares, “ I was in a pretty bad place; that black dog sure was showing how bad it can bite! So I am focusing on that 1% improvement each day.”
It is at this time where he focused on things that he enjoyed. Not surprisingly, these are also things that bring joy to other people. “food and gardening started to become a way to gave me a way to express myself, almost like an art form. The food I make just so happens to be nice, most of the time” He laughs that he explained as half nerdy, loud and infectious.
Matt has always known the power of food. “no matter who you are, where you’re from, your values, ethics or beliefs we all need to eat, drink and sleep.” Matt has hosted worked events where everyone brought a dish that meant something to them—then sharing the reason they choose that dish. He says, “A simple moment, the stage is set, the star of the show is the food you created, the storyline is the recipe and technique. Then, in the audience, you become witness to and participate in the joy of others. In that a moment, we all share that one similarity and brings us together.”
Matt wanted to share some of his cooking to inspire others to replicate this feeling. He shares good, simple and easy food that sparks joy, conversation and connection.
This session is free for Deakin students.