Coles Kitchen Census data reveals why we love mum’s meals

Few things are better than mum’s home cooking and the kitchen is a place where traditions and family connections can be passed from one generation to the next.

And new Coles Kitchen Census data has found that traditional Aussie food values are just as relevant today as they were 100 years ago.

Mum’s recipes are still our favourites, with 42 per cent of the 5500 Coles customers polled saying childhood memories of food play an important role in how they cook today, while 50 per cent say it’s family members or close friends.

“Our research shows Australians cherish sharing a meal with friends and family and they want to support Aussie farmers, food producers and their local community,” Coles chief marketing officer Lisa Ronson said.

Tarni Witts cooks by taste and tradition, just like her mother and grandmother.

She uses treasured recipes from her childhood, including tuna casserole once served after cold nights of netball training and a crustless quiche by her mum Denise that was impossible to resist.

“Only she can get the eggs as fluffy as she does and the base so perfectly brown,” Ms Witts said.

“It’s a simple meal that mum has perfected and now I have customised it with the ingredients that my kids eat.”

Ms Witts said her boys Lohkie, 6, and Hudson, 5, have expressed much interest in the kitchen and will pick up the family recipes soon enough.

“It’s important to teach them the benefits of healthy and delicious home cooked meals,” she said.

“I love knowing that in years to come, my boys will be able to take on active roles as husbands that can cook for their families.”

The launch of the Coles Kitchen Census coincides with the company’s new Value the Australian Way campaign, which will feature a special appearance and music sung by Missy Higgins.

“It’s been a tough year for lots of Aussies and it’s great to see Coles backing great Indigenous Australian talents like Stephen Pigram, who wrote this tune and Yirrŋa Yunupiŋu with whom I dueted on the track,” she said

Celebrity chef and Coles ambassador Curtis Stone is also involved in the campaign.

“It’s wonderful to see that a significant proportion of Aussies value the same approach when shopping and cooking at home, with many of us favouring locally grown, responsibly sourced food,” he said.

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An Australian mother has revealed how she ‘cracked the code’ and discovered how to clean dirty grout on bathroom shower walls with ease.

The Melbourne woman was frustrated after having tried ‘every product’ on her rental bathroom walls with no success and decided to mix bicarb soda with Domestos disinfectant bleach.

‘Mums! I’ve cracked the code! This took me only a few minutes and not a lot of effort – I couldn’t believe my eyes,’ she wrote alongside photos of the transformation posted in the Mums Who Cook, Clean and Organise Facebook group.  

For health and safety reasons, it’s advised to avoid mixing bleach with other chemicals, but combining the product with bicarb soda is safe.



a close up of a tiled wall: BEFORE: An Australian mother has revealed how she 'cracked the code' and discovered how to clean dirty grout on the bathroom shower walls with ease (pictured)


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BEFORE: An Australian mother has revealed how she ‘cracked the code’ and discovered how to clean dirty grout on the bathroom shower walls with ease (pictured)



a group of people sitting on a tiled floor: AFTER: The Melbourne woman was frustrated after having tried 'every product' but resorted to mixing bicarb soda with Domestos bleach. She said she was 'so pleased' with the result (pictured)


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AFTER: The Melbourne woman was frustrated after having tried ‘every product’ but resorted to mixing bicarb soda with Domestos bleach. She said she was ‘so pleased’ with the result (pictured)

The woman said she mixed the two products until a paste was formed, then used an old toothbrush to apply it onto the grout.

‘In most places I didn’t even leave it, just a light brushing, it was gone in an instant,’ she said.

The woman was ‘so pleased’ with how well the formula worked at cleaning the grout she highly recommends it to others.

Her post has been ‘liked’ by more than 1,200 others since it was shared on September 20, leaving others very impressed.



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Bicarb soda is commonly used to clean products and areas around the home



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For health and safety reasons, it’s best to avoid mixing bleach with other chemicals but combining the product with bicarb soda is safe to use

‘I’m off to go scrub everything in the house!’ one woman said.

‘Well I know what I’m doing while the kids are at school,’ another said.

‘Just bought Domestos! Will give it a go,’ a third added. 

While the clever hack worked well at cleaning the grout, others warned about the dangers of mixing chemicals together. 

CHEMICALS YOU SHOULD NEVER MIX 

Bleach + Vinegar

Baking Soda + Vinegar

Bleach + Ammonia

Drain Cleaner + Drain Cleaner

Hydrogen Peroxide + Vinegar

Bleach + Rubbing Alcohol 

Source: Good House Keeping 

‘Be careful people when mixing chemicals, don’t ever mix vinegar and bleach,’ one mum said. 

‘Good on you for experimenting and finding a solution to something that so many people struggle with – please carefully research your chemicals before mixing!’ another warned.   

Inhaling the toxic vapours can lead to coughing, breathing problems, allergic reactions and even nasty chemical burns. 

It’s a common cleaning mistake many people make, as cleaning experts have warned for years that adding any acidic to bleach will produce a toxic chlorine vapour. 

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Mum’s genius grout cleaning trick leaves her bathroom walls sparkling clean in seconds

‘I couldn’t believe my eyes’: Mum’s ‘genius’ and VERY simple grout cleaning trick leaves her rental bathroom walls sparkling in minutes

  • A mum has shared how she ‘cracked the code’ on how to clean shower grout  
  • Posting online, she resorted to using bicarb soda mixed with Domestos bleach
  • She said the mixture worked remarkably well and required minimal scrubbing 
  • For health and safety, it’s best to avoid mixing bleach with other chemicals

An Australian mother has revealed how she ‘cracked the code’ and discovered how to clean dirty grout on bathroom shower walls with ease.

The Melbourne woman was frustrated after having tried ‘every product’ on her rental bathroom walls with no success and decided to mix bicarb soda with Domestos disinfectant bleach.

‘Mums! I’ve cracked the code! This took me only a few minutes and not a lot of effort – I couldn’t believe my eyes,’ she wrote alongside photos of the transformation posted in the Mums Who Cook, Clean and Organise Facebook group.  

For health and safety reasons, it’s advised to avoid mixing bleach with other chemicals, but combining the product with bicarb soda is safe.

BEFORE: An Australian mother has revealed how she 'cracked the code' and discovered how to clean dirty grout on the bathroom shower walls with ease (pictured)

BEFORE: An Australian mother has revealed how she ‘cracked the code’ and discovered how to clean dirty grout on the bathroom shower walls with ease (pictured)

AFTER: The Melbourne woman was frustrated after having tried 'every product' but resorted to mixing bicarb soda with Domestos bleach. She said she was 'so pleased' with the result (pictured)

AFTER: The Melbourne woman was frustrated after having tried ‘every product’ but resorted to mixing bicarb soda with Domestos bleach. She said she was ‘so pleased’ with the result (pictured)

The woman said she mixed the two products until a paste was formed, then used an old toothbrush to apply it onto the grout.

‘In most places I didn’t even leave it, just a light brushing, it was gone in an instant,’ she said.

The woman was ‘so pleased’ with how well the formula worked at cleaning the grout she highly recommends it to others.

Her post has been ‘liked’ by more than 1,200 others since it was shared on September 20, leaving others very impressed.

Bicarb soda is commonly used to clean products and areas around the home

For health and safety reasons, it's best to avoid mixing bleach with other chemicals but combining the product with bicarb soda is safe to use

For health and safety reasons, it’s commonly known to avoid mixing bleach with other chemicals, but combining the product with bicarb soda is safe to use

‘I’m off to go scrub everything in the house!’ one woman said.

‘Well I know what I’m doing while the kids are at school,’ another said.

‘Just bought Domestos! Will give it a go,’ a third added. 

While the clever hack worked well at cleaning the grout, others warned about the dangers of mixing chemicals together. 

CHEMICALS YOU SHOULD NEVER MIX 

Bleach + Vinegar

Baking Soda + Vinegar

Bleach + Ammonia

Drain Cleaner + Drain Cleaner

Hydrogen Peroxide + Vinegar

Bleach + Rubbing Alcohol 

Source: Good House Keeping 

‘Be careful people when mixing chemicals, don’t ever mix vinegar and bleach,’ one mum said. 

‘Good on you for experimenting and finding a solution to something that so many people struggle with – please carefully research

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