AFFECTIONATELY known as ‘the muffin twins’, working holidaymakers Fiona Maguire and Hannah Gilroy have been embraced by the Lockhart River community where they work in the local supermarket deli.
Ms Maguire, from Ireland, and Ms Gilroy, from England, are enjoying sharing their hometown recipes with locals.
“We have loved our experience here to date and have had the opportunity to introduce dishes from our cultures into the deli counter,” Ms Maguire said.
“We have had great fun giving the community and our fellow staff the opportunity to learn about our culture through our menu.
“We have even brought some fun breakfast items coined with our own unique names, such as the ‘bacon and egg Lockmuffin’, inspired by the fast-food chain.”
Lockhart residents aren’t the only ones who enjoy the girls’ cooking, with Ms Maguire laughing that one morning the first to be in the queue was a local brumby.
“We have made friends with the local stray dogs and horses and thought it funny when we looked outside our window from the kitchen to see a wild horse first in line for a bacon and cheese pie!”
The pair, who are completing the regional work required for their working holiday visa, said they were loving their time at Lockhart River’s CEQ store.
“This has been an incredible experience for us and we love the beauty here in Lockhart,” they said.
“We would love for anyone to drop by and try our menu en route to the tip or Chilli Beach.
“A beautiful phrase in the Irish language is ‘An té a bhíonn siúlach, bíonn scéalach’ which translates as ‘he who travels has stories to tell’; thank you Lockhart River for an abundance of fabulous memories.”