Multicultural cookbook keeping migrant women connected

Connected Women Hobart participant Zelah has shared her family recipe for Fijian Indian dhal and the journey it represents alongside 40 other local and migrant Tasmanian women in a Red Cross multicultural cookbook.

Born in Fiji with Indian heritage, Zelah migrated to Tasmania with her parents four decades ago.

“I made sure the first ‘solid’ food my daughters ate was dhal as it held a symbolic significance as a dish passed on from my mum,” Zelah said.

“I hope people enjoy making our dhal recipe with family and friends and connecting with conversations that make enduring friendships.”

Red Cross migrant support manager Alison Dugan said the cookbook was a representation of the women and their cultures.

“This program brings together women from all ages and cultural backgrounds to build skills, confidence, local knowledge and friendship,” she said.

“The idea for the cookbook came from the women themselves as a way of sharing their culture and stories with pride.”

The project was funded by a Healthy Tasmania grant through the Tasmanian Government.

“The City of Hobart is proud to support the Connected Women’s Program and help bring its vision to life,” Hobart Lord Mayor Anna Reynolds said.

“This Multicultural Cookbook is a window into each woman’s culture and the journey they have been on to build connection, belonging and a home in Tasmania.”

The Red Cross Connected Women Tasmania Multicultural Cookbook is available for purchase from the Hobart Red Cross.

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