A few weeks back I went away for a weekend to Bruny Island with a group of friends. Filled with good food, wine, walks along the beach and lots of cups of tea, it was a much needed break on my favourite island.
In the evenings, one friend Jackie would start stitching lengths of vintage blankets for a project she was working on called Lullaby Blankets. A project involving women from different refugee communities in Hobart who have all chosen a lullaby from their country of origin to sew onto a blanket. What touched me, was hearing that whilst some of the lullabies were traditional, some were newer ones, composed in refugee camps, with lyrics along the lines of "there's no food my baby but you must go to sleep" Oh my. Heartbreaking.
I wanted to help, so offered the best way I know how. Helping cook for the launch at the wonderful Craft Hive. With a small budget and taking into consideration that some guests would be observing Ramadan, that is, some won't have eaten all day, I devised a menu to feed up to 60 guests. I worked all day on Friday cooking yummy things like mini potato tortillas, lentil and couscous balls with garlicky yoghurt dipping sauce and brown sugar mushroom and tofu rice paper rolls. I was too frantic to get this lot finished in time before school pick up to take photos of the end product. Just a few work in progress snaps. But I did it, and I loved it and it felt great to help a friend with an amazing project.
If you're in Hobart you should check out the exhibition. The blankets are so very touching, and I'm so very grateful that I have never had to soothe a hungry child to sleep.