As part of the Young Vic Two Boroughs monthly Kitchen Conversation Migrateful were invited to demonstrate to all of our attendees how to prepare a truly scrumptious visually stunning Iranian banquet.
Migrateful is a cookery and language initiative for Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Migrants struggling to access employment in the U.K. due to legal and linguistic barriers where they teach traditional cuisines.
To the background vocals of a sultry Iranian crooner Elahe and Parastoo, a warm dynamic Mother and Daughter duo who shared their passion and knowledge of Iranian food with the group.
Over a magical 90 minuites Elahe and Parastoo gently guided the group in handling, chopping, mixing, stirring onions, garlic, mince, saffron, aubergine and yogurt to name just a few ingredients to create a truly delicious Iranian meatball dish alongside an exquisite aubergine based accompaniment and mixed green salad.
Stories were exchanged over the preparation of the food and confidence was gained in the handling of these special ingredients. Magic occurred and the simple ingredients were elevated into a delicious colourful banquet which the group readily and eagerly feasted upon.
This was a truly memorable evening which will be cherished for the warm gentle cultural exchange of life stories mixed with the exquisite taste and texture off this very special Iranian feast that was created before the groups very eyes.
A magical momentous evening where gratitude and praise is conveyed to Elahe and Parastoo alongside Jess who founded Migrateful and the Two Boroughs members who hosted this very special evening.
To find out more about the Young Vic's Two Boroughs work and how you can get involved head to the yv website: youngvic.org/taking-part/two-boroughs
Jenny Marshall, YV Two Boroughs Participant