Siggussū – Rohingyan Style cripsy beef with Sajeda

“My mother and father were amazing cooks. Especially my father, he taught me so much”.  Sajeda is of Rohingyan heritage, an ethnic minority in the predominantly Buddhist country of Burma where she was born. In 2013, Sajeda, her husband and their children fled Burma seeking a safer life in Australia. Now a mother to six children, […]

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Biryani with the Al Janabi’s

“We learned on the way. After we left Iraq, we lived in Syria for seven and a half years and then Turkey for two and a half years. We learnt to keep starting over. To work in, and adapt to new places”. Aiman  A reflection of their geographic journey, the Al Janabi’s catering business is […]

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Pasticada – Pot roasted beef with Maya

So, here you are, too foreign for home, too foreign for here. Never enough for both. “I read this thing called Diaspora Blues* and I thought that is so me. It is really how I would describe my life here. I think my mentality and my upbringing is very Australian. But sometimes when I am here I […]

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Mahashi – Stuffed vegetables with Nadia

“I love to eat golden food. Those fried chips… Whenever I see those golden colours, with cheese on top I feel like I need to eat this”. Born in Romania, (where her parents were studying at the time), Nadia grew up in Sweida, Syria to a family of artists and poets. A natural storyteller, Nadia […]

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Mr Ahmet’s Sandal Workshop – Kos, Greece

“I did not go to school. This is my school!”. A leather shoemaker for 61 years, Ahmet spends 6 days a week at his workshop in Kolokotroni Street, in the island of Kos, Greece. With an atmosphere rich in tanning chemicals, the workshop is layered with rolls of leather, canvas, shoe boxes and tools. Ahmet […]

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Food, Identity and Movement; A New Beginning.

As much as I love moving, I love staying, and I recognise how fortunate I am to transition between both with ease. During lengthy periods of travel, I have moved, relatively smoothly, across borders, without having to validate my reasons for coming and going. Unfortunately, this is not the reality for most of the world’s […]

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Community Kouzina and Settlement Services International collaborate for Refugee Week 2017

I am beyond honoured to announce I will be collaborating with Settlement Services International – SSI for their annual New Beginnings: Refugee Arts & Culture Festival during Refugee Week 2017. This year, Community Kouzina will be dedicated to documenting the recipes and stories of people that came to Australia as refugees, celebrating both the preservation and evolution […]

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