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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Mahii Shekam Pour – Stuffed Fish with Ladan

“It’s called ‘shaking the house’. In Iran there is a custom that before the New Year people must clean the house upside down. Shake the carpet, clean everything, and paint the wall. Everything is sparkling and polished. Everyone wears their new clothes. Even the poorest people buy something new. People try to help others that […]

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Mahiceh – Lamb Shanks with saffron by Akbar

Greeting all who enter, pouring cups of tea and offering chairs to people standing, Akbar treats the Community Kitchen, and those present as if they were in his own home. Well known among fellow volunteers and SSI staff for his hospitality and generous serving portions, Akbar has volunteered in both the Friendship Garden and Community […]

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Bosnian Halva with Sanja

“Before the war, Mum had the most amazing cookbooks. When we left, a neighbour actually broke into our house to take her recipe books and keep them safe. Everyone knew how amazing they were and that she had the best recipes”. Holding a small, spiralled notebook first dated in 1992, Sanja turns the yellowed handwritten […]

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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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Pumpkin Soup with Sam – Marrickville

“I like things to be clear, and to not assume that people know what you are talking about. Particularly with complicated things. I think it is easy to start off simply and learn the technical things later”. Sam possesses a reflexive sensitivity that emerges while sharing knowledge.  A film student, Sam has an unique ability to patiently […]

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Dolmadakia with Mrs Irene and Mrs Demie – Kos, Greece

The observation of ingredients and cooking methods are a powerful way to understand the past and revisit moments in time. For her Dolmadakia, Mrs Irene explained the traditional way meat was minced; “people used to use two knives to cut the meat because in the old days the butchers didn’t have the equipment to cut […]

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Spanakorizo with Mrs Kyriakoula – Marrickville

In her garage-kitchen, Mrs Kyriakoula Petrakis cooks up to four meals every day for different family members.  Since arriving in Australia from Greece with her husband in 1967, Mrs Kyriakoula has lived in the same Marrickville House, where she raised three children and several grandchildren. During the early 1970’s, not owning a car meant her […]

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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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