Free to Feed Iranian Cooking Class
Free to Feed is a not-for-profit organisation that helps people seeking asylum find meaningful employment opportunities. They’re able to share their culinary knowledge by hosting hands-on cooking classes.
For Iranian-born Shahnaz Albokhalifeh, who had a hazardous boat journey to Australia with four of her young children, this is the first job she’s had.
At her cooking classes she’ll teach you how to make a selection of dishes from Iran. There'll be one in Rockbank on September 7 and a series in Northcote on September 15 and 20, and October 4, 18 and 27.
As is customary for many Iranian people, the class will start with tea. You’ll learn how to make (and then eat): Persia’s answer to the samosa, sambusa; a fresh, herb-packed frittata called kuku sabzi; from-scratch felafel with amba sauce (a tangy mango pickle condiment) and refreshing cucumber yoghurt; rich eggplant dip and zereshk pollow (a tangy, barberry-studded rice); and the universally beloved baklava. There'll be booze available to buy on the nights.
Bookings are essential – there are only 12 spots available per class.
September 7 – 27 Woodlea Boulevard, Rockbank, 5pm to 8pm
September 15 and 20, October 4, 18 and 27 – 539 High Street, Northcote, 6pm to 9pm