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.
Pumpkin and chestnut soup with ginger
There are a lot of pumpkins in our house following our visit to the Fiera della Zucca di Piozzo last weekend so I’ve been hunting down new pumpkin recipes. This one for a rich creamy pumpkin soup also makes great use of the sweet chestnuts that have started to fall in the woods around our…
Pumpkin and ricotta ravioli with garlic sage butter
It’s pumpkin season here in Italy and this weekend we finally made it to the Fiera della Zucca di Piozzo just a short drive from our house. This regional pumpkin festival has been held for more than quarter of a century and this year more than 550 varieties were on display. The town has trademarked…
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