Larb Kai – Chicken Salad with Teo

When Teo is not busy preparing orders for her catering business, you can find her volunteering at the Wat Phrayortkeo Dhammayanaram Lao Buddhist Temple in Bonnyrigg, Sydney. Every Wednesday, Teo arrives early in the morning to cook lunch for the monks, who eat their second and final meal of the day at 11am. It is […]

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Red Lentil Soup with Sherene

“I learned to cook half from my mother and half from my mother law. While my mother in law is very methodical when she cooks, my mother is more spontaneous and haphazard in her approach”. In the space between each ingredient addition, knife and spoon alternation and wipe of the bench, Sherene narrates her cooking […]

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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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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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