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Share your cooking skills!

This activity is about recalling a recipe from a childhood memory, that someone may have made for you. Memories connected to our sense of smell create flashbacks, especially when it’s not an everyday scent. 

For example:

"Christmas cakes and Birthday cakes remind me of my Nana. My Nana used to bake awesome Jamaican rum cakes for many occasions. Christmas is a great occasion where our family definitely get to taste this Jamaican rum cake. Smelling that aroma now that the recipe is passed on creates emotions within and takes me right back to my childhood from as far as I can remember. It's a memory that cannot be replaced."

Raisa Mcclarey Francis


It is now your turn to think about a recipe – you can go back as far as you want. Think of a recipe or a meal that sets off positive emotions within you; something that means a lot to you and has a story. Some recipes are family traditions and sometimes sacred. You have a choice to write the recipe or simply describe how this dish makes you feel. You could even take a picture of the food and submit it to our exhibit too, with a few words describing it using the prompts on the next page.



What is your dish?

How does it make you feel?

What does it mean to you?

When do you/did you consume this dish?

Close your eyes and imagine where the meal was cooked, what sounds can you hear?

What can you see? Whose voice can you hear?