Albanian Cuisine with Deshira

My name is Deshira, and I come from Albania which is located in the South-East of Europe. Albanian cuisine is representative of the cuisine of the Mediterranean; it is also an example of the Mediterranean diet, based on the importance of olive oil, fruits, vegetables and fish. I started cooking when I was nine years old because my mother got sick and spent three months in hospital. So, I was “on duty,” taking care of my little brother and dad. I remember the first dish I made was homemade bread. My favourite Albanian dish is called “byrek,” and it’s made with lots of pastry filled with mince, cheese, or spinach.

Since coming to the UK, I lost interest in cooking because I live on my own. But, when I heard about Migrateful, I was happy and surprised that such organisations exist in London. It is nice being part of this project, because I love cooking. I was brought up in a culture where sharing a meal with others is a very important way of connecting with others and integrating in the society. I hope during this project I will get enough self confidence to develop my passion for cooking, share my favourite recipes and learn more about different cuisines.