In November Lipstick+Bread visited Baltimore as part of a broader collaboration between Memefest, Goucher College and the Black Yield Institute.
We were invited to be part of the Baltimore’s Food Apartheid sessions in which a deeper investigation of the racial structuring of Baltimore’s food system with students, researchers and community activists was planed.
Black Yield Institute operates a large and beautiful community garden along many other fantastic activities in Cherry Hill. The community garden became a central spot for food growing, cooking, discussions and also food distribution. The Cherry Hill community lacks fresh food, as the nearest supermarket is some 45 minutes walk away, – a situation frequently referred to as food deserts. All there is are fast food shops, corner shops with bad food. In such a situation the community garden provides crucial knowledge and is building resilience.
On a beautiful Sunday we worked in the garden, we cooked, talked, learned how to prepare two fantastic dishes and built ties that grew into a friendships. We harvested the food straight from the garden and shared the food with the community.
The special spread called Sardine Mojo, which we usually prepare in our Pirate Food cooking classes was something our friends did yet not know. But it makes perfect sense to prepare it here and share it with the community. It is made of canned sardines, which is a very underrated delicacy are healthy and cheap at the same time and taste just delicious. The spread is also easy to prepare. And the amazing, comforting Portuguese Caldo Verde soup rounded up our session. The original version uses kale and Chorizo sausage- we of course used local sausage spiced with the one and only Old Bay. 😉
It was an amazing and truly memorable experience, thanks friends!