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.
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)
February's Community Dinner was huge! So many new, smiling faces were there. A big thank you to all our entertainers: One Mob-different country dancers, Xango Capoeira, Duke with the Uke, John Hakin, Bong Ramilo and Ali Mills and Bec Bryen. Thanks to the wonderful chefs and volunteers for the delicious dinner. And finally thanks to the Community- these events couldn't happen without you!
We're so very grateful to the women from the Growing and Understanding Local Produce (GULP) project for facilitating such fantastic sessions with us. When we put all our creative minds together we can create some truly delicious dishes using locally grown produce. Today we had okra and eggplant, curried cassava leaf, stir fried greens, fried taro and the ubiquitous Dhal! Thanks to all the wonderful chefs for tonight's huge feast!
This evening we met the lead-footed side of the My Sisters' Kitchen women who raced their way through our first sewing class. What a joy it was to see all the beautifully creative pieces the women made: bags, hairclips and dolls' clothes! A huge thank you to the wonderful Dixi and Linda for their help facilitating the session. We finished off with a delicious dahl cooked by Sandar and Yaqub. Yum yum!
¡Muchisimas gracias! to Maria, Roxy and Carmen for showing us how to make delicious vegetarian paella! We had a very small group this evening who left with very full bellies! We're looking forward to starting some sewing next week to prepare some outfits for a fashion show.
This week we had another fantastic session with the wonderful Cassie and Kate from the GULP (Growing and Understanding Local Produce) project. A beautiful array of fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables from the Malak Community Garden and local markets were laid on the ground. The MSK women very quickly and excitedly snapped up some ingredients and created a yummy okra and eggplant curry, a spicy chutney and a coconut dish using the stem of the taro plant to complement the butter dahl created by Yaqub and Sandar.
Welcome back to a new year of MSK!
For our first session back we took great joy in painting up some old plastic pots and re-potting some cuttings from the garden. The MSK participants took home Rosella, Kang Kong, Sweet Potato, Basil and Sweet Leaf in their beautifully painted pots. We also had a bit more of a go finishing up the wonderful weaving gate which we begun at the last session of 2013.
Thanks to Sandar and Yaqub for the delicious Dahl, and to the Malak Community Garden for the wonderful cuttings.
For our final session for the year the MSK participants travelled in to the city to view the 'Rights on Show' art exhibition at the Chan Gallery. The wonderful Saskia from Darwin Community Legal Service gave us a fantastic tour of the exhibition while fantastic Bry entertained the kiddies with a weaving project. We were all so very proud to see the finished product of our diorama of the Malak Community Garden displayed in the exhibition. Here was the blurb attached to our piece: