Afghan - Maeve O’Meara explores the fascinating food of Afghanistan where the guest is seen as king and beautiful feasts are prepared using age-old recipes.
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Food, culture and language go hand in hand. SBS’s Food Safari series is excellent as it incorporates culture as well as discussing special recipes from different regions of the world. I chose the episode on Afghan food as stories about Afghanistan have been constantly in the news for the past decade or so and many Afghans have migrated to Australia, some as refugees, whose children would be attending public schools. It is important for children to view positive images of people from other countries and Food Safari celebrates the cultural melting pot that is modern day Australia.
The programme shows a lady in traditional head covering cooking food as well as a man with an Afghani accent who moved to Australia at the age of 16 and now bakes traditional bread.
The programme highlights cultural events such as weddings and special food that is served for such occasions. The foods are dentified by their Afghani names.
SBS provide closed captions for all their programmes which is beneficial for any hearing impaired child, as well as for the entire class to assist in word recognition and literacy.
The programme can be a catalyst for a number of activities.The class can discuss what recipes they were most attracted to and whether they had come across similar food from their own experiences. They could then work in pairs to create their own recipe cards. The class could copy a recipe from the show such as making bread, entailing careful measurement of the flour, the yeast, water and salt. An excursion could be planned to a restaurant to see the food being cooked and to sample the taste. This could be consolidated by writing a journal entry about the Afghan food experience.