Darwin cooking class

Darwin cooking class


The cooking program that has started here at the Multicultural Council began in July of 2011. It runs on a weekly basis and we conduct it between the hours of 9.30 and 1.30. They start straight away generally with very little discussion. They have organised the recipe for the week before so they know exactly what they are doing and how long it’s going to take so they very quickly get in. We wash our hands, the aprons go on and they get stuck into it. And it’s done over the charcoal barbecue? Yes, that’s right. I think the cooking program and other activities that are offered outside the detention centre is an important thing for people’s health and wellbeing. If people are able to, even if it is for a couple of hours each week, for a four-week block come in to a setting like ours, have the opportunity to prepare and cook their own traditional food, it provides them with that sense of ownership, that sense of control and that happiness that they are able to share the food with each other but also with other people from outside in the community such as the staff here, such as the volunteers, such as the community that come in and support the program. Food is a really important way of bringing people together. And I’ve noticed that with the activities that I run here at the Multicultural Council, if there is any mention of food being in the activity you get a full house. You get everybody coming and so it does draw people together. And whether you have all different languages, three or four different languages in the room, despite that difference in language we somehow still are able to communicate around foods, so it really does bring everybody together.

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