Recipe for Life: Mugele Saleh

  01 May, 2020  ·    Astrid Murray

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. The first story was written by Chanice Saleh Mwamini about her father Mugele Saleh. 

Mugele Saleh
by Chanice Saleh Mwamini (Congo)

Mugele Saleh was born in 1969 in Congo. He arrived in Australia in June 2018 and has six children who are all studying.

He loves playing with his children, watching cartoons and learning more. His proudest moment was having his children. His favourite food is fish and plantain banana but when he was young his favourite food was French toast. He would only eat that on Saturdays. He says it is easy to make, all you need is an onion, an egg, bread, salt and oil.

His dream was to become an electrician like his father and he achieved his goal. He believes that to achieve your goals you have to trust yourself and God too, have faith in God, never give up and work hard. When life doesn’t turn out as he expects, he prays to God and asks for advice from his wife and his father.

His brothers were the closest people in his life and they were really important because they gave him love, respect and advice.

The most significant event in his life was when he got married. He wants his children to study, to realize their dreams and have a better life than him. He also wants them to maintain values like respect for everyone. He is inspired by his wife Therese because she is really wise, generous and also because she loves to take care of others and herself.

Recipe for Savoury French Toast


1 egg
2 tsp milk
2 slices bread
Finely diced onion 
Salt to taste


  1. Heat a small amount of margarine or butter in a frypan.
  2. Beat the egg and milk together in a shallow bowl. Add diced onion.
  3. Dip a bread slice in the mixture, thoroughly coating both sides.
  4. Allow excess mixture to drain and place bread slice in frying pan.
  5. Fry for a few minutes on each side, adding extra butter or margarine if needed and salt to taste.
  6. Repeat with remaining bread.
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