Food For Thought


Members and volunteers from the Hull Refugee Council Women’s Group recreated traditional dishes from home.

From Ethiopia, Syria and Palestine to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan and Somalia.

When the women cook, they cook with everything they know and have learned from sisters, aunts, mothers and grandmothers. Familiar ingredients and age-old methods connect the women to their childhoods, memories and countries. Recipes are not written down. Very little is weighed or measured. This is cooking by experience, timing, taste and instinct.

Six women warmly welcomed me and my camera into their home kitchens, and a seat at their tables.

The images were shown as an exhibition during Hull Refugee Week to coincide with the International Cuisine Event, a tasty celebration of culture.

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