The stories:

It is of the traditional recipes that are not written, passed down from generations…

It is of celebration of cooking, the food that was made with the measuring cup without metrics, of gatherings, of the parties that extended past the garage sliding door and into the paved laneway for Christmas, Easter, and All Saints days with spit going and smoke permeating down the bluestone laneway….and into the neighbouring atmosphere

Of the inventions sans permits, such as the multi-levered spit made  powered by a generator and a bicycle wheel, of collapsible cages that protect the backyard vine  from being nipped at by crows,  of the garden practices that required the creative utilisation of space, such as  stringing the zucchini vine on the roof of the garage over summer and the construction of a kites made from plastic bags to attract flying fish in the bay. It is the knowledge descended by generations that are largely measured by intuition, tradition and memory extended through making within community and culinary contexts.

 We are interested in the raw and honest connection with the creation of food, the hands, the minds that created the tools of invention. We are interested in the evolution of these hybrid culinary spaces called Kitchen in the Garage. We would like to record their uses, the activities within them, the inventions, the sustainable practices that have predated the environmental and social culinary pretensions that have reached epic proportions in our inner urban spheres. Moreover,  we would like to collect these stories to celebrate what makes the place and the people we live in unique.

Copyright @ 2014 Helen Sartinas, Kitchens in the Garage Project, All Rights Reserved.

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