Recipe for Life: Laura Moresby

  12 June, 2020  ·    Astrid Murray

Welcome to Recipe for Life! This week Patrick Imani shares Laura Moresby's story as well as her recipe for Simur Chicken.

Last year Centacare Multicultural Services worked closely with students from Trinity Bay High School on a story writing project called “Recipe for Life.”

The aim of the project was to strengthen intergenerational relationships and celebrate culture through the sharing of stories and recipes. 

At the end of the project we were able to create a recipe book which we have had printed. You can view the whole recipe book here – we are sure you will find plenty of colour and inspiration in its pages.

We would like to thank Wendy Chiu from Trinity Bay High School, musician Emmaline Anderson and our bicultural workers who were such an important part of this project.

Over the coming weeks we will share a story with it's recipe.

Laura Moresby
by Patrick Imani

Laura Moresby was born in Cairns and she is 50 years old. She has two beautiful daughters and her first job was working in York Island as a counsellor. Her hobbies and interests are listening to jazz music and spending time with her family. Her favourite food is chilli chicken and her favourite food when she was a child was ‘sugar pancake’ and vermicelli “simur chicken”. She prepared it for traditional occasions and her mother taught her to make it.

When she was a young girl she went to school at Trinity Bay State High School. She graduated from year 11 and worked in the Torres Strait. From 1984 to 1985 she worked at Oasis Resort on Green Island. She can speak three languages. On 11 February 2002 she came back to work at Trinity Bay State High school.

She now works as an administration officer at Trinity Bay State High School and she helps other people in her job. Mrs Moresby is the first person at the school visitors meet. She has a very important and busy job as she also helps staff at the school.

She is a happy person and loves to help others. She is also very hard working and likes caring for other people in the school and in the community. A significant thing that happened to Laura was when her she became a mother. She said that everything changed after she had her two beautiful daughters. She had to work hard but Ms Laura is very happy being a mother.


Chicken Pieces
1 Pkt Vermicelli Bean Thread
Sauces: 1 Bottle Old Cathay Soy Sauce (Mandarin)
1 Bottle ABC Kecap Manis (Sweet Soy Sauce)
1 Lge Brown Onion
1 Lge Garlic
1 Ginger
Butter Margarine


  1. Cut chicken in pieces, wash & drain chicken
  2. Marinade chicken with 2 sauces, cover up.
  3. Soak & Cover Vemicelli in water.
  4. Drain & Cut into shorter lengths.
  5. Heat butter in Saucepan with Garlic, Ginger and Onion until lightly brown.
  6. Drain marinate chicken and place into the saucepan.
  7. Cook and stir with wooden spoon until the chicken is cooked.
  8. Add Vermicelli, mix thru
  9. Serve with rice
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