HCA Food Explorers celebrating food in our community

HCA Food Explorers celebrating food in our community

Holborn Community Association has been inviting our local community to cook, eat and share food together as part of our ‘Food Explorers’ workshops, celebrating the diversity of the food cooked in the local area. 

Running every Monday for 6 weeks we have been inviting local foodies to share their favourite recipes with us with a welcoming group from our community.

We kicked off our first week with Chef Ruma hosting ‘Recipes from a Bangali Ma’, sharing her Grandma’s recipes of tilapia fish kabob & suji ki barfi.

Participant Angela commented  “it was beautiful and wonderful and should be continued! Ruma cooked her Grandma’s recipes and it was delicious.  I had never tried that kind of food before from Bangladesh” 

Ruma Food Explorers fish Holborn Community Association








For our second session, local resident Jade made Vietnamese Doughnuts.  She told us she doesn’t cook much anymore as she lives on her own but thought this was a brilliant opportunity to share with others her favourite national dish.    

The doughnuts brought up different childhood memories for our guests with one participant in his 70’s commenting he used to buy very similar doughnuts from a special market in China when he was a child and hadn’t tried them in a very long time, with another saying “oh gosh it’s so nice! It tastes exactly like how my mother used to make it back home”.

food explorers Jade Holborn Community Association






















This week Chef Mewish and Yasmeen shared their families secret biryani recipe from Pakistan with 20 people learning the traditional recipe from scratch.  With top tips like how to do perfect layering, the importance of good colours and how to garnish the dish with nuts and spices for that special touch. 

Lots of our guests had never tried it before, asking lots of questions about the spices used, with one quoting “it is so full of flavour and it is more complex than just being spicy”.



















Why not join us for our next food explorer adventure? 

Upcoming Dates 

28 October 

4 November 

11 November 

18 November

25 November

To book your free spot email admin@holborncommunity.co.uk



Following the advice set out by government on 16th March we have sadly taken the decision to close the majority of our activities for the moment.   Our care provision for members at Millman Street will continue for now.  Our Befriending Scheme will start linking people by phone
The following activities will cease as of today
Activities for drop in members at Millman Street
Gymnastics, Taekwondo and Ballet sessions
Pottery sessions
Daily Under 5’s sessions
Media Arts Club
Sport Meets Art
Creative Communications Sessions
Carers Art Group
Over 60’s pottery and creative writing
Activities for drop in members at Millman Street
Digital Storytelling
Make and Mend group
Like many of you we are thinking hard about how to support the community over the next few months.  We will be in touch with details of what our offer looks like, how you can help and how you can get help.  In the meantime you can also join local ward based whats app and facebook groups organising support – follow this link to see how you can help