Jollof Rice Cooking Workshop

In February we partnered with the Centre for Community Engaged Learning to do a Reading Week project with UBC students.

The students involved in this project planned, organized, and hosted two virtual cook-a-long workshops for our community.

As February is Black History Month in Canada, the students decided to centre an African recipe shared by one of the participating Nigerian students. Jollof Rice is a West African dish originating from the Wolof people of Senegal but modified and made popular in Nigeria. Jollof rice is a stewed rice cooked with a blend of spices and it has a little bit of heat. The recipe can be easily adapted to suit different protein preferences and spice levels. The students also shared other recipes from their own cultures. (full recipes kindly shared below!)

This was a free workshop and all of the ingredients necessary to cook-a-long at home were portioned out into packages and distributed to attendees in the lead up to the event. The event was an opportunity to celebrate food cultures, learn new recipes, share knowledge and tips, connect with neighbours, and all with a tasty and nutritious meal at the end!

Before: Jollof Rice Ingredients
After: Jollof Rice Dish