On Saturday 16th February, KAMA held a Middle Eastern cookery demonstration at the East Oxford Community Centre, in conjunction with our St Hilda’s Feminist Festival (intersectional feminist events which are happening all week!) with five women from the Middle East teaching us how to make the most delicious dishes.
I was genuinely blown away by the work of KAMA and the event itself, and I am so absolutely thrilled it could be part of our festival. Watching the demonstrations, it felt great to be involved in an event where fabulous Middle Eastern recipes were being taught to residents of Oxford and students, and that the expertise and skills of the demonstrators could be shared with us. Watching the demonstrators jokingly argue over whether to add oil to Jajeek was a personal highlight (‘she’s only saying that because she’s on a diet’).
The food itself was absolutely phenomenal- the Iraqi Fatira and Syrian Fattoush were honestly some of the best food I have ever had. I haven’t stopped talking about the event (and the food), and Niamh and I have planned to have a night next week where we can practice the dishes and have a feast. I feel so very lucky that our festival could have been involved in with KAMA and with such a fantastic event in which members of the community and students all got involved.
~Lola Dickinson, St Hilda's Feminist Festival organiser
Crochet sessions with Souad are now well and truly under way – in fact, you could say we’re hooked! The merry band of crocheters are working on a shawl using filet crochet technique (don’t worry: it sounds harder than it is), drinking tea and enjoying each other’s company and Souad’s love of the craft. So simple, and so therapeutic. Come and join us – newcomers always welcome!
You can find out all the details and sign up here.
KAMA's Chinese New Year event brought together such a wide range of people from all different nationalities. It was lovely to be able to celebrate with Chinese, Spanish, African, South American and British people - all together!
Shirley, Anna, and Yushen Zhu brought us all together to sing songs, play games and eat delicious homemade rice cakes and drink tea! We demonstrated our chopstick skills (or lack thereof) by picking up Malteasers as fast as possible, played Chinese whispers (in Mandarin), wrote Chinese calligraphy and sang Auld Lang Syne to bring in the New Year.
It was held at Open House in Jericho which directly supports homeless people in Oxford and therefore is very closely linked to the ethos and aims of KAMA. It felt great to be in such a positive space surrounded by people having fun and sharing their cultures.
Shirley mentioned to me afterwards that she was so happy to share her New Year celebrations with others and to tell them what Chinese New Year is all about.
An afternoon very well spent!