A Merry Migrateful Christmas: Cooking Class
Before we headed off for the Christmas break, the philanthropic arm of my company teamed up with one of its partner agencies, Migrateful, for a round of cooking classes. This was such fantastic fun for those involved. Not only did we enrich our palates to these global cuisines, but Migrateful also supports refugees, asylum seekers and migrants, who are the teachers of the classes!
Transform3D aims to unites the talent and innovation of the staff to non-profit organisations. I really like this initiative as it provides much more meaningful and lasting impact to the projects. Compared to say, the one-off, annual corporate affairs that I’m more used to. And there’s food involved. That always helps.
Migrateful have been working with us for a while, we’ve provided support for the digital and website initiatives. They were launched out of the Year Here programme from earlier this summer as a young cookery and language initiative. People who might be struggling to access employment due to legal and linguistic barriers have the opportunity to teach their traditional cuisines to the public.
The day involved three rounds, with Cuban (breakfast), Eritrean (lunch) and Syrian (dinner) cuisine on offer. I’d be the first to put up my hand and say I know very little about these food cultures. My Christmas jumper and I attended the lunchtie Eriteran class with Netsi and we made a number of dishes. These included Gomen be kariya (a spinach stir fry), keyiser (beetroot mix), ater wet which was a sauce for the split lentils, of which there were two variants. One more tomato-y and one more spicy.
Our staff kitchen wasn’t quite up for the electricity load, so we had a few moody outlets that went on and off. However, we made it in the end, with the final dishes being wholesome, tasty and easy to replicate. In fact, a few guys from the office have already boasted about doing so! It’s enlightening to learn about other cultures through their food, and how recipes and eating traditions might differ from my own.
Here’s the final dish we ended up for lunch. Can I say how rewarding it is to eat something you’ve made yourself? Something I’m not always used to (chuckle). The bread on the plate (injera or enjera) is an interesting one in itself. It’s a sourdough-risen flatbread with a slightly spongy texture and a sour aftertaste.
We were also lucky enough to be invited back to sample the other results. Each class end up making enough to feed quite a team!
Classes at Migrateful cost £25 + donation and are an affordable way to open up your tastebuds on an evening. Get fed and learn and experience new flavours and new styles of cuisine – sounds like a good night in. My favourite dish I sampled was Syrian, so I’m keen to book this one in next time. I loved the mix of flavours and textures and no doubt would impress your guests at the next dinner night.