Inspired by World Religion Day, we look at how we can celebrate diversity in our countryside community.
Here at A∙Hume we believe ourselves to be good humoured, caring, personal and inclusive. The modern countryside is growing, and we are excited that more people are wanting to share the countryside dream alongside us. We have been inspired to celebrate diversity in our countryside.
Cooking Traditional Foods from Other Cultures
One of the best things about the Great British Bake-Off is the contestants putting their own unique spin on their bakery, especially when they use their heritage as inspiration. Cooking food is an integral part of country living and trying new food expands our tastebuds and our understanding of other cultures. Try having the odd night in where you cook a dish from a different country for your family, with a wee explanation of the culture behind it.
Tip: Post-Lockdown you could even have a local community international food cook-off.
Here is a little recipe from us to inspire you:
Country Vegetable Root Curry
2 tsp Vegetable Oil
1 Onion finely chopped
4 Crushed garlic cloves
2 Carrots sliced thickly
2 Parsnips sliced thickly
1 Swede cut into chunks
1 Large sweet potato peeled and sliced into chunks
1 Red Chilli finely chopped (discard the seeds for a milder curry)
2 tsp Garam masala
1 tbsp Paprika
1 tsp Turmeric powder
2 tbsp Tomato puree
1 1/2 Pints vegetable stock
1 Can of coconut milk
In a large pan heat up your oil, then cook your onion and your garlic over a medium heat until the onion is soft and see through.
Tip your swede chunks into the pan and cook until they are just starting to soften. Then add your carrot, parsnip and sweet potato, cook it all until the vegetables are golden brown.
Mix your tomato puree, garam masala, paprika, turmeric powder, and red chilli to form a curry paste. Put the paste into the pan and make sure everything is coated evenly.
Pour your stock into the pan and leave to simmer until the vegetables are tender. Then pour in your coconut milk and leave to simmer further, occasionally stirring until the sauce is at a thicker consistency.
The curry is ready to serve and can be accompanied with rice or naan.
Celebrating Other Faiths in the Calendar
We already adore holidays such as Easter, Halloween, and Christmas, trying to celebrate or learn about other holidays beyond these makes the countryside a welcoming place for everyone. From feasting for the for the Lunar New Year to decorating with beautiful colours for Holi, there are so many opportunities to come together as a community.
Folklore and storytelling are a core part of our culture in the countryside. Why you should have an iron horseshoe on your front door, why we go guising on Halloween and why we call someone the black sheep of the family; we have a long passed down story for each of these. It comes as no surprise that other cultures have their own stories and superstitions too. Holding a storytelling evening where you share the folk stories of other countries, is a fun way for people of all ages to learn about other cultures.
Encouraging Others to share their Culture
Sometimes the best way to learn is straight from the horse’s mouth, and we should encourage people in our communities to share their heritage with us. You might be surprised just how different other people’s cultures are even from the Highlands to the Borders of Scotland. By having open hearts and minds, we hope that the countryside may become more multi-cultural and we can create a place where everyone feels at home.