Every Ramadan I have experienced has left me with special memories of people, places and foods that have been a joy and a privilege to discover whether face to face or, as was necessary in 2020 and 2021, virtually.
It seems that every food has a story, and every dish magically starts to unlock family histories that in turn unlock stories of place, and social and political backstories that help us understand the different worlds we all come from and the experiences we bring with us.
March and April were a whirwind, wrangling recipes and stories for Recipes for Ramadan with contributors, community partners and a tight-knit digital and social media team (including AMUST as community media partner) sharing recipes and family stories, just as we might share food and conversations, as a kind of invitation to a virtual iftar.
Trying others’ national dishes is such a good starting point from which to explore the rich diversity of Australian Muslim culture and heritage, migration and diaspora, belonging and identity… a wonderful heritage that reaches back to all four corners of the globe, enriches Australia and is too good not to share!
And it doesn’t have to end with Eid! There are now more than 60 recipes from 21 different countries on the website (www.recipesforramadan.com) – from Afghanistan to Turkey with some possibly unexpected stops like Japan, Kenya and South Korea in between. Ideas for iftar, suhoor and Eid that convert into snacks and soups; breakfasts, lunches and dinners; and desserts, cakes and pastries for every day or for special occasions across the year.
If you didn’t have time to try the recipes or read the stories during Ramadan, you could try one recipe a week and get to know the families behind them. Put your feet up with a cup of tea, enjoy the stories that accompany the recipes and check out the media interest from ABC Radio, Radio National, SBS News and Guardian Australia which ran a second Recipes for Ramadan series this year… And be inspired to contribute. Just contact [email protected]