Welcome to the website of My Sisters' Kitchen, a Darwin Community Arts project.
My Sisters' Kitchen is a fantastic and fun program of arts and cooking with women and children from all over the globe.
We meet every Monday in Chambers crescent Theatre in Malak Shopping Centre from 4.30pm - 6.30pm.
In January 2008, Josie Mesiku and I agreed to pursue the setting up of "The African Kitchen", a mobile catering business and cafe that would operate out of the former Pizza Parlor at Malak Shopping Centre. Josie was a Community Arts Organiser for Darwin Community Arts and an African community leader. Josie had been working with a group of African women on the project since 2007; she was happy to work with DCA jointly to progress the project. Josie and I inspected the shop and had initial discussions with Henry Yap, the Shopping Centre owner, who was supportive of the project.
Malak is located in the northern suburbs of Darwin in the Northern Territory. Recently arrived migrants and economically disadvantaged people often settle in this suburb and in the past racial tensions have caused conflict between African and Indigenous people resulting in crime and vandalism. Malak, however, has another face. One that other suburbs in the Top End only envy – Malak Community Dinners. Every last Monday of each month, 200 hundred people gather in a local theatre to celebrate cultural diversity, artistic creativity and community.
Sandar Tun, DCA's dedicated volunteer & community arts organiser, speaks about My Sisters' Kitchen and Burmese cuisine in the interview on ABC radio 105.7FM. Check out the attached audio file.
7:23 minutes (6.75 MB)
Tonight we made hearts for the Bagot Festival 'Yarnheart' project: http://binkycollective.org/yarnheart/. We started with applique and origami hearts and hope to be able to complete them in the coming weeks- ready for Bagot festival in August. So many beatiful treasures were made by the women and their children.
Thanks to Sachi and Linda for sharing their crafts with us!
What a fantastic evening of activity here at MSK. We started the afternoon with gathering a bit of feedback about why people came to MSK. We made some delicious bread dough, then cleaned up the garden while the bread was rising. We finished the evening with a wonderful BBQ in the Malak carpark- aloo tikki, meat kebab and home-made bread. One bread was even shaped like a crocodile- Delicious!
Tonight was our first night in our new sewing space in the Malak Underground. Such a quirky and exciting space! Some of the women sewed great outfits while others did beading and puzzles with the kids. Were are happy with our new space downstairs. A big thank you to Paul and the folks at Malak Community Shed for making it look so beautiful and a HUGE thanks you to the Multicultural Council of the NT for allowing us to borrow their wonderful machines.
Our Community Dinners here just keep growing each month. I think there were about 200 people this month. We've moved the Bain Marie's out into the hallway for ease of access, but its really just made way for more people. Excellent. The more the merrier! We love seeing our Community come together and celebrate. A big thank you to all our volunteer chefs and performers this month!
Who knew that there were so many fantastic pizza chefs at My Sisters' Kitchen?! This Monday we had a fantastic time making our own dough and firing up our enormous pizza oven. We topped our delicious pizzas with some wonderful ingredients from the garden: brazilian spinach, chili and basil. Some hungry person must have eaten all the eggplant so we had to buy them from the shop. Oh well! It was really such a fun activity which many of the women hadn't tried before. I look forward to cooking many more things in the pizza oven.
So many wonderful new faces today. After a great many bus trips, we finally got all the MSK women here for a shorter session of sewing than usual. I'm truly amazed at how skilful everyone is becoming with a sewing machine. This week we're moving the sewing machines down in to the Malak Community Underground where we've set up a nice sewing room. The sewing machines will now be available for use on Saturday mornings as well. hooray!