Herbs and Spices – The Flavours of Georgian Cuisine 28 April 2014
A FUND-RAISING WORKSHOP TO SPONSOR A “CASH COW” FOR POOR GEORGIAN FAMILIES IN SAMTSKHE-JAVARKHETI
COME AND LEARN ABOUT GEORGIA’S HERBS AND SPICES – TASTE THE FLAVOURS OF GEORGIAN CUISINE
MONDAY APRIL 28th – 6.30PM WORKSHOP AT THE GEORGIAN EMBASSY
A COW PROVIDES AN INCOME
In the warm glow of post-British-Georgian-Society-Christmas-Party bonhemie we decided to spend the remnants of the celebration budget on buying a cow for a poor Georgian family. Thus we would give them food and an income – sale of the cheese and calves would create a small business
We wanted to find a family with old people to support. (Though old people by themselves would not be about to look after a cow.)
We decided on one on Georgia’s poorest regions – Samtskhe-Javakheti, where over 50% of the population have been living below the poverty line for many years. Plus, this is a key area for Georgia as, with its huge number of very poor families who have originated from just over the border with Armenia, this is a potential conflict zone.
Aid workers in the region gave us three candidate families
1. A family from Apkhazia living in the village Daba where forest fires have destroyed much of the vegetation.
2. A young family in the village Tsagveri with three small children.
3. A family where a mother of three is working hard, “she is one of our best farmers”, whose husband is mentally disabled.
THEN WE GOT A VERY NASTY SHOCK – EVEN IN GEORGIA A GOOD COW COSTS £400. (THIS IS THE PRICE FOR A HEALTHY PROVEN MILKER.)
SO WE HOPE TO RAISE THE MONEY TO BUY AT LEAST ONE COW, PREFERABLY THREE. THE WORKSHOP WILL COST £5, BUT WE HOPE YOU’LL GIVE MORE!!!
NOW – we are going to hold several fund-raising events built around some of the most magic aspects of Georgia – the flavours of its cuisine, its folklore and its wine. The first event will be the flavours and all about them – why and in which dishes they are used.