Nada from Young Eritreans Australia and Ajak Kwai. Still taken from Cooking & Conversation livestream
Sudanese Kombo, prepared by Ajak Kwai. Still taken from Cooking & Conversation livestream
Image of shiro powder and addis (lentils). Still taken from Cooking & Conversation livestream
Shiro, prepared by Nada from Young Eritreans Australia. Still taken from Cooking & Conversation livestream
Sudanese Ful, prepared by Ajak Kwai. Still taken from Cooking & Conversation livestream
INTERGEN: Cooking & Conversation
Ajak Kwai & Young Eritreans Australia
South Sudanese songwoman Ajak Kwai and members of Young Eritreans Australia (YEA) showcase the health and nutritional benefits of East African food in this Cooking and Conversation livestream, initially hosted on the Young Eritreans Australia instagram.
The livestream highlighted the mental health and wellbeing benefits of food, with YEA and Ajak discussing their cultural relationships to food, cultural eating rituals and stories of connecting to culture through food while living in diaspora contexts. See the recipes cards and watch summary videos of the livesteam cooking demonstrations below.
‘Food is so important it unites people together, it gives people time to have a conversation together, so it’s very important’ – Ajak Kwai
Learn how to make Sudanese Kombo with Ajak Kwai in this summary video:
‘They’re known as struggle meals because they were eating during the war, shiro and addis (lentils) … because they’re easy to make, it doesn’t take that long, you can make a big batch of it and it still tastes good so you’re getting fed struggle meals, but it’s nice struggle meals’ – Nada, Young Eritreans Australia
Learn how to make Shiro with Nada from Young Eritreans Australia in this summary video here: