“Now more than ever we need to celebrate our common humanity,

by coming together to build bridges and

unite against the voices which seek to divide us”

Kalpna Woolf 2018

The dominant story of our times and the biggest threat to global peace is the persistent focus on our differences: from terror, negative rhetoric, intolerance and a deluge of confused information. And yet, in cities and communities across the UK, we are faced with the challenge of bringing our diverse communities together.

Our story

We are a dynamic, social enterprise known as 91 Ways to Build a Global City, which was named after the 91 languages spoken in Bristol. Since 2015 we’ve collected recipes and food stories from many of Bristol’s language communities and helped to bring together groups who have never come into contact with one another before –bringing together over 12,000 people, speaking 40 languages, at  over 152 events in schools, universities, places of worship, with community organisations and even on boats.

Since our first launch event, 91 Ways has kept growing and spawned all sorts of follow ups: centrepiece mass meals at food festivals, local community events across the city and a roving pop up International Peace Café.All of this has not only brought together diverse communities across the city and showcased a myriad of world food cultures, but it has also provided an opportunity for a group of refugee women in Bristol – from Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Eritrea – to become part of the wider community, show off their local food cultures and develop skills to help them pursue fledgling catering careers.

Where next?

We want to go deep into our communities both locally and nationally. Reaching into areas where people feel isolated, fearful and forgotten. We plan to visit all these communities and to hold inter-community events so people can meet people from their community and from other parts of Bristol.Our focus will be Avonmouth, Southmead, Lockleaze, Hartcliffe, Stockwood, Knowle West and Barton Hill. Our events will encourage people to make genuine connections with their neighbours from other cultures by using the uniting power of food, to cross these divides and talk about our traditions and heritage.

Our events will feature food which is representative of that community and this acts as a starting point to talk, share personal stories, memories and cultural understandings throughout the event. These conversations lead to long-lasting connections and friendships. We will feature people’s recipes and memories on our website and share them with their community and others so that they can celebrate their diversity.

Bristol can be a beacon for peace

We are also looking to expand some of these activities into other cities; in 2018 we have used our projects in Bristol as template to trial similar style community projects in Nottingham, Belfast and South Gloucester and the results of these have been very encouraging.

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91 Ways to Build a Global City4 days ago
At 91 Ways we have a super-talented team of Community Ambassadors that support the work that we do. We would like to introduce you to our Ambassadors; this week it's the turn of the gorgeous Rachel ( Rae) Scott. @foodnerdforlife Click on the link below to meet Rachel.
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91 Ways to Build a Global City7 days ago
Friday Foodie ! The talented Thai cook Gena Goss @genagoss has shared this yummy Satay Noodle Salad recipe with us; perfect for a sunny weekend! Enjoy!
Gena says “It’s a super crunchy and refreshing salad from the mint and plenty of veggies, all topped off with a with a creamy satay dressing…YUM! You can use any vegetable you like, I used what I had in the fridge...As satay dressing is already rich and creamy, I preferred rice noodles over egg noodles or soba to keep the dish light”
Thank you, Gena for sharing this yummy recipe! We can’t wait to try it!

Satay Noodle salad
Serve 2-3

2 tbsps peanut butter
2 tbsp fish sauce
2 tsp brown sugar
3 tbsp lime juice
6 tbsp coconut milk
2 tbsps dried ground chilli

200g rice noodles, soaked (according to packet instructions, I soaked mine in boiled water for 10 mins but depending on the type of noodle you’re using)
1 cup cabbage , shredded
1/2 cup radish, fine shredded
A small bunch of fresh mints, thinly sliced
1 large red chilli pepper (optional) •

Sprinkle with some peanuts, crispy onions and lime wedges •

MAKE : Mix dressing ingredients in a bowl until smooth. : Toss noodles and remaining ingredients with dressing, then serve at room temperature.
91 Ways to Build a Global City
91 Ways to Build a Global City2 weeks ago
Are you ready for the weekend? Have you got your party shoes on? This weekend is the St. Pauls Carnival, representing the best of African Caribbean culture, as well as the diversity, creativity and vibrancy of Bristol. Support the carnival and Keep Bringing Bristol Together.
St Pauls Carnival https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/stpaulscarnival
91 Ways to Build a Global City
91 Ways to Build a Global City3 weeks ago
Help spread the word about 91 Ways ! Support us by Liking & Sharing our posts, by subscribing to our mailing list, and by telling your friends about us. Your donations and your attendance at our supper club events, are our key sources of our funding. Your support you will allow us to continue to bring together the different language groups across Bristol; building bridges across the community & uniting people through food. https://www.fundsurfer.com/crowdfund/91-ways-our-expansion-continues-in-2019
91 Ways to Build a Global City
91 Ways to Build a Global City3 weeks ago
Foodie Friday !!! Today we are sharing a fabulous recipe for Kedgeree which has been shared with us by the talented Reena Anderson-Bickley (Reena's Rasoi - Kitchen ).

Reena is one of our Community Ambassadors and has been involved with 91ways since its inception and she regularly runs supper clubs from her home; creating wonderful authentic Indian food.
This Anglo-Indian recipe is one Reena adapted from the BBC Good Food website, and she has used her knowledge of spices to "tweak" it; it's now a firm family favourite !

Kedgeree Recipe
(To Feed 10)

375g white basmati rice
30g butter
2 tablespoon of flavourless oil (light olive or rapeseed)
10 eggs
500g smoked haddock
1kg red onions
10 garlic cloves
2 knobs of ginger
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp fennel seeds
7 cardamom pods
Pinch of chilli powder(optional)
5 bay leaves
1 1/2 tbsp tomato puree
1 1/2 heaped tsp curry powder
large bunch of coriander with stalks
1.25 litre chicken stock
300 ml double cream

The Sauce
Slice the onions, garlic, ginger, add the butter and oil to a large pan, once the butter is melted tip in the onions, garlic, ginger, spices and bay. Fry over medium heat for 10-12 mins.Stir in the puree, curry powder and coriander stalks, then cook for 5 mins until everything is sticky. Pour in the stock and cream, season, stir well, then bring to the boil. Simmer for 20 mins until reduced by half. Strain through a sieve into a bowl. Add back a 1/3 of the onion mixture into the sauce. Add the flaked haddock and simmer until the haddock is thoroughly heated through 5-7 mins.

The Rice
Rinse the rice until the water runs clear and is no longer cloudy. Then put in a pan with enough cold water to cover it by 1.5cm. Bring to the boil, then cover and reduce the heat. Cook for 10-12 mins, turn off the heat and leave the pan covered.

Chop the coriander and stir the rest gently into sauce and add the cooked rice, spoon into bowls and top each bowl with a seasoned fried egg.

Enjoy ! Thank you for sharing Reena
91 Ways to Build a Global City
91 Ways to Build a Global City3 weeks ago
Our next set of free cooking classes for over 50’s start next Tuesday at The Sundial Kitchen, North Street, Bedminster. We have wonderful cooks from some of the different language communities in Bristol lined up to teach us how to cook their favourite heritage dish. Are you over 50? Join us for cooking, a lot of chatting and a delicious shared lunch. Email harriet@91ways.org to book your place.

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