This weekend I was excited to attend a cookery class hosted by Soul Food Sisters to learn more about their work and how to make the famous Eritrean injera.
Soul Food Sisters are a group of migrant women based in East Glasgow who have created a female-led collective based around their (and my) favourite thing: food! They are a not-for-profit organisation that brings together women from all over the world, empowering them to develop their skills and self esteem in the kitchen and beyond with their fabulous manifesto – Empowered by Empanadas.
The class was held in the Civic Canteen, a pop up using food as a vehicle to promote cultural exchange in celebration of the European Championships being held in Glasgow. I absolutely love this concept as food is something everyone has in common, since we all have to eat regardless of where we are from in the world.
Injera is a thick pancake like bread with a slightly tangy taste made simply by a mix of flours, oil, water and salt. I got stuck in mixing the batter by hand, you could do this with a mixer but we kept it traditional. Technically I didn’t make injera as once the batter is made it is set aside for between 1-3 days to ferment but in true Blue Peter style I got to taste some made earlier.
We ate the injera with a delicious stew that was full of tasty chunks of vegetables and again in an attempt to keep it traditional I ate it with my hands without making too much of a mess.
If you fancy taking a cooking workshop or volunteering with Soul Food Sisters then visit their website and be sure to spread the word about the great work they do with family and friends too.
The class brought back memories of a similar concept I visited in Marrakesh called the Amal Center, a non-profit association dedicated to the empowerment of disadvantaged women through restaurant training and job placement. You can enjoy a delicious meal or take a cookery class knowing that your money is making a real difference. The tagine cookery class was the highlight of my entire trip and the women there were truly inspiring. Check out their website for more information and some amazing stories of the women that have reshaped their lives.
I hope this post has inspired you to cook outside your comfort zone! Why not see what classes are available near you? You can always find plenty of recipes online or just have scroll through Pinterest for inspiration. Maybe challenge yourself to try a new cuisine once a month? Now that’s a tasty idea!
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