Update: Unfortunately Sarah’s bid for funding for Project STIR was unsuccessful, but I was thrilled to be featured on her blog as part of it.
I want to tell you about an exciting new project being launched by Sarah Shotts. It’s called Project STIR – Storytelling Through International Recipes. As you may already know, family recipes and family food history are a passion of mine. Food unites us through the generations as memories we can see and taste. Family recipes can transport us back to our grandfathers’ garden, our mothers’ kitchens, to hearths and homes long lost in the mists of time. For me, family recipes are a way of connecting with family members who died before I was born as well as with family members I remember well and miss every day, like my late Mom and Dad.
Although I never knew her, I have a sense of my late Auntie Margaret’s presence as I make her aromatic and delicious Spice Cake. The feeling that my parents are in the kitchen with me as I work on my first cookbook, a collection of the recipes from four generations of my family, is both comforting and bittersweet. I remember my Dad showing me how to plant the seeds that would grow into the vegetables my mother and I cooked for summer suppers served alongside My Mom’s Coleslaw. When winter drew in, Mom and I would bake Oatmeal Raisin Muffins and cookies. Her Lemon Crinkle Cookies were my favourite, although she preferred Bachelor Buttons, a recipe I will be sharing in my book.
All of this is, of course, why Sarah Shott’s Project STIR resonates so profoundly with me.
Project STIR is a series of documentary films launching this fall on Kickstarter. The films will follow Abuelitas, Nans, and Mamaws passing down heirloom recipes in kitchens round the globe in countries like Panama, New Zealand, Turkey, Croatia and England. What a way to celebrate the universal language of love in the family kitchen!
As part of Project STIR, Sarah will be travelling around the world to make a series of documentary films. Sarah is raising money for this amazing project with the Project STIR Kickstarter. I’m supporting Project STIR on Kickstarter and as a blog ambassador because I firmly believe that our family food history unites us not only with our own families but also with families around the globe. The more we understand about ourselves and how food connects us, the better we can understand one another. Project STIR is a wonderful way to help break down cultural barriers and celebrate both our diversity and our similarities.
All photos in this post apart from Auntie Margaret’s Spice Cake are courtesy of Sarah Shotts.