Jane Jeffes is a producer and director and former head of ABC Religion & Ethics. A UK-Australian dual national she is based in Sydney, Australia.
Talk to your grandparents and/or older relatives about the food they love to cook and to serve; their special recipes; their memories of food, cooking and eating and related memories of people, places, stories, smells, flavours… the food-centred memories they would like to share with you.
– Ask them to think about the relationship of food to their faith, their culture, the land of their ancestors, what they think they inherited from their parents and grandparents, and the legacy and memories they (the older generation) would like to pass on to their children and grandchildren.
– Explore with them how food unlocks history and culture – on a family level and a wider social and even political level. Think of Who Do you Think You Are? but replace the family tree with food!
– Ask what your older family relatives traditionally served in Ramadan and why;
– What menu might they put together for an Iftar dinner (and/or pre-dawn breakfast)
– Talk to them about the meaning and significance of Ramadan and of the role that food plays both in fasting and in inviting others to share your food.
– Identify one particular recipe they would like to share and pass onto their family and grandchildren as a legacy item. A recipe that teaches you and us something about people and places.
NB Older participants can reflect backwards to memories of their own parents and grandparents and forwards to their children and grandchildren, reflecting on the role food and Ramadan have played in their lives and the legacy they’d like to leave.
Write an account of the stories, recipes and reflections that mean so much in your family – especially the things that mean so much to your grandparents or older relatives. Reflect on what this means to you as children or grandchildren. Do these things have special significance during Ramadan? Write the recipe down to preserve it for future posterity.
Cook the recipe with your grandparent, parent or sibling. If they don’t live with you, and if you can, use a video call like FaceTime, WhatsApp, Skype or Zoom and capture the experience of cooking together in photos or video using your mobile or a camera. You will probably find it quite a special intimate thing to do.
(NB You can edit your own video or supply raw footage to us and our tech partners Hazen Agency will edit for the website and social media.)
See if you can track down relevant memorabilia and We would like photos and pictures to accompany our story. EG Can you or your relatives find photos of people or places which may turn back the clock or may be current? A family home, a map, old family photos or non-copyright photos that recall the place your grandparents or ancestors called home. Do you have family photos that capture inter-generational relationships? Can you take interesting photos of the food and your cooking: the ingredients, preparation, cooking utensils, the finished dish, your family eating? Does your family have a much-loved family recipe book that’s been handed down? Or a handwritten recipe you treasure? Can you or one of your family write out a handwritten recipe. Maybe you have a much-loved bowl or pan that belonged to a grandparent or something else that represents an inheritance such as a rug, a piece of furniture or even a piece of jewellery? Will your grandmother or older relative give you a photo of them in their apron or cooking? Can you or your younger children paint the flag of your grandparents and ancestors?
Email the people you would have liked to invite to Iftar, explain how COVID-19 means you can’t extend an invitation to Iftar this year but that Recipes for Ramadan is offered as a virtual Iftar to visit the website, follow on social media and enjoy and share the recipes and stories…
And send in your contribution
You can submit your recipe, story and visuals to us.
Links will be published in AMUST newsletters every Friday in Ramadan.
If its easier, please email your recipe, story and photos to jane@RecipesForRamadan.com. Please share via your own Dropbox or contact Jane for Dropbox details to deliver your videos
Amity College students and families should email to Mrs Almila Koca via AKoca@amity.nsw.edu.au
You’ll need to let us know who you are, where your family originally came from and which state and suburb you now live in Australia. Plus of course your Email address and Phone number or mobile so that we can contact you if needed. (Please be assured your contact information will not be shared).
Please remember: in submitting your recipe, story, photos and videos, you agree to their publication as part of the Recipes For Ramadan project, online, on social media, in third party media and subject to future funding, in a book. You will be advised when it is published.
Visit the website our website to read other people’s stories and to try their recipes. And follow Recipes For Ramadan on social media, INSTAGRAM, FACEBOOK, YOUTUBE. If you wish to be tagged or followed back let us know your social media profiles.
Remember how the best food transports you in time and place, introduces you to another world; That every food has a story, and every family has a story. Be inspired to cook – and tell us what inspires you. And have fun!