Yesterday we went to the District Six Museum, which is a museum dedicated to serving its community. One of its community programs is Huis Kombuis (meaning ‘Home Kitchen’) and it helps women who lived in District Six as well as women who livedin other areas of forced removal.
The program allows these women to come together, and through sharing memories and storytelling, create original designs. These designs are used to create kitchen products like aprons, table cloths, and cushion covers. Not only do these women get to reconnect to each other and their collective and personal memories, but they get to use their skills of sewing, needlework, and cooking to create sellable products.
The big project they are working on, and have been working on for a while, is the Huis Kombuis Cookbook. Each woman supplies at least one recipe to the book. Each recipehas some sort of meaning or memory attached to it, whether they remember watching their mom make it in the kitchen, or it was just something they ate all the time as a child. Currently, therecipes have been written on canvas and bordered with illustrations made from paint, beads, and thread. The plan is to scan all of these recipes and bind them together into a book, which they can then sell through the museum store. I just hope they have it available online, because I want to try all of these recipes. A bunch of the recipe canvases are on exhibit in the museum right now, and reading them all made my mouth water.
With all the delicious recipes plus the beautiful designs, I have a feeling this cookbook will be rather popular.