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Ingredients for Burmese green soup

Food is central to our identity and relationships as human beings. It shapes who we are, how we think and our understanding of other people and places. Food not only sustains us physically, it also acts as a powerful connecting force, bringing together families and communities, friends and strangers, travellers and hosts. It’s no coincidence that so many initiatives and projects bringing together refugees, migrants and local people involve the sharing of recipes or cookery classes. No coincidence either that one of the most powerful things we can do to welcome the stranger – or feel welcomed as a stranger – is to share a meal.

You can’t just eat good food. You’ve got to talk about it too. And you’ve got to talk about it to somebody who understands that kind of food. 

Kurt Vonnegut

The ese ne tekrema community builds on the power and potential of food to connect us as human beings by sharing stories, recipes and food experiences from around the world. It takes its name from the Adrinka symbol meaning ‘teeth and tongue’ which signifies interdependence and friendship. Whilst the teeth and the tongue play independent roles in the mouth they need to work together to avoid conflict. Good food and friendship have no borders. Ese ne tekrema connects people and places around the world through a shared love of food exploring our interconnectedness, interdependence and common humanity.

Fresh ginger, limes and garlic, the basis of most Burmese cooking, at Nyaungshwe market, Myanmar (Burma)

Plum and apricot jams

Life has been pretty difficult since catching COVID-19 after travelling to the UK for the first time in nearly a year. One of the worst things was completely losing my sense of taste and smell for nearly a month which meant I also lost my appetite and desire to cook. Fortunately the return of my…


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