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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Rochester -Somali refugees to offer samples of vegetarian sambusas at Public Market

The cooking class at the Refugees Helping Refugees will prepare and offer samples of vegetarian sambusas and spiced hot tea at the Rochester Public Market on Saturday.



(Democrat and Chronicle )- The cooking class at the Refugees Helping Refugees will prepare and offer samples of vegetarian sambusas and spiced hot tea at the Rochester Public Market on Saturday.
The Flavors of the Market cooking demonstration, which will include samples, will be from 10 a.m. to noon at 180 N. Union St. Sponsors are the Democrat and Chronicle, the market and Friends of the Public Market. To get the recipe, go to DemocratandChronicle.com. On weekday afternoons, student chefs from the English as a Second Language Program at RHR exchange recipes from their home countries. Students from Cuba, Bhutan, Burma, Somalia, Ethiopia, Congo, Kenya, Palestine, Sudan and Iraq learn kitchen safety, nutrition, measuring and shopping, while practicing English, cooking and eating together.Most refugee women cook from their heart, learning recipes handed down by mouth from their mothers. They do not measure their ingredients. Sharon Silvio, director of the class and the ESOL Program there, shares this popular recipe from Somali women leaders Sadiya Omar, Safi Osman, and Sahra Ibrahim. Sharon, now retired, taught refugee children for 18 years at School 5.

The RHR, formerly the Somali Community in Western New York, is an all-volunteer, refugee-led organization, providing English classes and instruction in computers, sewing, cooking and health care for refugees in their WEP program with Rochester Works. It also runs an academic summer camp, a monthly women's group, citizenship prep classes and job-finding services. It is located at 835 South Ave. at Holy Spirit Greek Orthodox Church. For more information, go to rhrroc.org orfacebook.com/SomaliCommWNY.Vegetarian Sambusas with hot, spiced Somali tea (chai)