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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Zereshk Polo: Persian Barberry and Saffron Rice with Mostafa

Fragrant, bittersweet and with the vibrancy of sunset yellow, saffron is a core ingredient in Persian cuisine. Distinguished as one of the world’s most expensive spices, saffron is recognised for its powerful medicinal properties, antioxidant source and textile dyeing qualities. Influential in the smallest of amounts, saffron boats such potency, that only a few a […]

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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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Keema Chicken Curry with Joyce – Marrickville

“People really appreciate home cooked meals. I had a friend who was going through a hard time so I was making them home cooked meals. I felt like I couldn’t provide much, but I could provide food”. Well known among her friends as a benevolent cook, Joyce is a generous and open person, with a […]

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Grilled prawns with avocado salsa with Carolyn – Marrickville

“I try to buy as little as possible from the supermarket because it helps farmers and because it’s better quality”. Yucatan grilled king prawns with avocado salsa** Ingredients: 1kg whole king prawns Marinade: 8 cloves garlic, skin on ½ tsp caster sugar 1 tsp dried oregano pinch ground cloves ½ tsp ground black pepper ½ tsp […]

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Dinner with Lawrence – Marrickville

“We are very open people and we share a lot of food. We cook together quite a lot. Every Sunday most of us cook stuff for the the week. I might see something Rebecca’s cooking and i’ll be like ‘can I have some of that for the next week’.  Bargaining comes with living in a […]

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Vegan Pho with Rohan – Marrickville

“I remember my mum telling me that in the 70’s you couldn’t even buy rice in the supermarket. It wasn’t a thing. Which is quite bizarre because the Chinese have been here since the Gold Rush. But you could go to specific places like the Chinese supermarket and they would have rice…And that is what […]

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Drinking mate with José – Marrickville

“In Argentina I never had mate by myself because I was too lazy. So when I came to Australia I started to realise what I left behind and what I missed. I met this Argentinian guy in Cairns and he invited me to drink mate and we spent hours drinking mate. He was particular about […]

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