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.
There is something very special about the chestnut (castagne) season in Northern Italy. It starts at the end of September when the first spiky green shells fall from the trees and within a few weeks the floors of the woods that surround our house are strewn, the shells bursting open to reveal the burnished brown…
I love dahl. Sometimes when I make it I think that maybe I could live on nothing else but dahl and rice and then I remember all the other delicious things there are to eat and get distracted! But seriously, dahl is utterly delicious eaten on its own with rice, with other curry dishes such…
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