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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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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