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