This has to be one of the most fun and rewarding cooking classes you can participate in! Thanks to a friend, who knows me all too well, I had the opportunity to experience a "Free to Feed" cooking workshops in Thornbury.
There's no better way than spending a Friday night in the company of a group of passionate foodies who love to cook, but also want to hear the personal stories shared by the refugee hosts! Food and conversations go hand in hand. By attending these workshops we are helping new migrants and asylum seekers gain confidence in their skills and making them feel welcome.
Charu was our cooking host for the evening and before we knew it, she had managed to have each one of us cooking the various dishes we where going to eat, from a fish curry to making samosas. There where 5 different dishes being prepared all at once.
The ingredients where all fresh and locally sourced and the pantry stocked every kind of spice you can imagine! I had booked myself into a Sri Lankan cooking class after all, so I knew things were going to get even spicer! Thank goodness for the mango lassi.
My favourite part of the night was sitting down and enjoying the Sri Lankan feast which we had all prepared under the guidance of Charu. I highly recommend experiencing these classes. Run by a social enterprise, non-profit organisation, "Free to Feed" has only been around for about two years and is the brainchild of Daniel and Loretta Bolotin.
Soon to launch is a food business incubator called "Now to Launch" which will assist the refugees and asylum seekers transition into their own culinary food journey. "Free to Feed" is also a mobile cooking school, hosting classes, workshops, community events and immersive experiences which continue to grow.