Learn to make a traditional Eritrean meal with chef Helen, then sit down to enjoy a socially distanced meal with the group.
This class will function as a socially distanced cook-along. To aid social distancing, tickets for this event will be sold in pairs. Please only attend this cookery class with someone who is in your household or a part of your support bubble. Each participant pair will be stationed 1.5 metres apart from each other and provided with the ingredients and equipment needed to prepare the dish. The chef will then lead the group step-by-step through their recipe; stopping frequently to answer questions, share anecdotes, and provide feedback on the participants’ dishes!
Helen’s cook-along dishes will be Timtimo (Spiced Brown Lentils) and Hamli (Curried Greens) served with a simple Eritrean salad. This menu is suitable for vegan and gluten free diets.
Message from Helen: “Hello, my name is Helen Goitom. I am from Eritrea. I was brought up in a city called Asmara – the capital city of Eritrea. My mother taught me to cook when I was 12 years old. I have 6 brothers and 2 sisters. My brothers never cooked, only me and my sisters. I have been in the UK for 1 year and 5 months. I got my refugee status last year, age 28. In 2014, I was forced to join the army in Eritrea. Everyone in my country had to join. Only my father couldn’t join because he was ill. After 3 years of being in the army I wanted to leave the army because it was very dangerous and scary, I didn’t like it. Often there was not enough food and water for the soldiers, there was never any rest, every day working and no rest. My father was very sick so I asked to go visit him in hospital. They wouldn’t let me. I escaped to see my father. The authorities went to the hospital and put me in prison. I spent 6 months in prison. Then my aunt’s son paid someone to help me escape. I went to Sudan, then Turkey, then Greece, then Italy, Belgium. In Belgium 12 of us snuck into the back of a lorry, the driver was asleep, he didn’t notice us. And the lorry got to the UK. I am happy here in London. People help me. There are so many amazing services. When I’m ill I can get medicine. In Eritrea there was no medicine. There were no good schools. I feel very grateful to be here. My friends who I met in the lorry I am very good friends with still, they are like family to me.”
If you have any questions about the format of this class please feel free to contact email@example.com. Thank you to All Saints Peckham for kindly hosting us.
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