Here in the UK it is Refugee week, a time dedicated to celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees, whilst also highlighting their experiences and the reasons why they seek safety.
I have been taking part this week by joining in with #cookforsyria.
Cook For SYRIA is a global fundraising initiative curated by Clerkenwell Boy and SUITCASE Magazine in partnership with Unicef NEXTGeneration London.
It first started as a simple supper club, where a group of foodie friends came together to celebrate Syrian cuisine and raise money to help Unicef protect Syrian children.
But it is now a worldwide movement, with many ways you can take part. You can purchase the #bakeforsyria cookbook HERE
Or you can host a dinner party with your family and donate, or cook something tasty for yourself and share about the cause.
Not only is it a great way to learn about the refugee crisis and help, it’s a great way to discover new foods.
My first bake was Ghraybeh, middle eastern sugar cookies, found in Syria and throughout the middle east. A really easy and quick recipe that is perfect to do with children.
250g of Plain Flour
125g of Ghee or Butter
100g of Icing Sugar
Nuts of your choosing
If using butter melt it then let cool
If your dough doesn’t come together add a egg yolk and some water
1. Whisk together your ghee/butter with your icing sugar until creamy.
2. Add your flour until it becomes a solid dough. If not coming to add a little water and an egg yolk.
3. Roll into a sausage and put in the fridge for 30minutes.
4. Pre heat your oven at 180
5. Cut your sausage dough into rounds about the size of the width of your finger.
6. Press into the cookie with your thumb and place a nut.
7. Bake for 8 to 12 minutes.
Another way we can learn about the refugee experience is through film.
The film This is Home: A Refugee Story is an intimate film that follows the lives of four Syrian families that are struggling to find their place having arrived in America.
With a new travel ban being put in place adding worries and stress, the families attend work training classes, and cultural orientation lessons to learn what it is to be an American.
This emotional film allows us to see life as a refugee in America, beyond the headlines.