All-African kitchen delights Inveresk Tavern on Mother’s Day

CONGO: Mireille Mputela with a plate of fish, rice and semolina. Picture: Stefan Boscia
CONGO: Mireille Mputela with a plate of fish, rice and semolina. Picture: Stefan Boscia

Mother’s Day took on a distinctly sub-Saharan flavour at the Inveresk Tavern.

Thanks to the third edition of the Community Kitchen initiative for 2018, patrons were given a chance to try cuisine coming from the heart of the Congo.

Mireille Mputela, who worked as a chef in her homeland, ran the show.

“All the food we’re cooking now, we cook in Africa, from Congo,” she said.

LUNCHTIME: The menu featured three lunch dishes. Picture: Stefan Boscia

LUNCHTIME: The menu featured three lunch dishes. Picture: Stefan Boscia

“Today we are making goat meat, fried rice, beans, Chinese Broccoli and fish.

“Some of us don’t have jobs, so we can enjoy this and in the future I would like to do something like this.”

The program, a collaboration with the Inveresk Tavern and the Migrant Resource Centre, sees a different ethnic community take over the tavern every Sunday afternoon. 

All the food takings go toward the community hosting the lunch. 

“Everybody wins out of the community kitchen really,” tavern owner Charlie Rayner said.

“The community group gets to raise important funds and get very important interaction with the broader community, while the customers get to come and try interesting food and also the customers get to achieve a level with interaction with cultural communities they wouldn’t necessarily ordinarily come across.”

DIY: A few recipes from the menu. Picture: Stefan Boscia

DIY: A few recipes from the menu. Picture: Stefan Boscia