In the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire, a group of local women gathered together to cook fresh food for their families and neighbours. Over the chatter and aromas of the kitchen they found that cooking and eating together restored hope and normality, and provided a sense of home.
Word spread and more local women began to join in, embracing community and supporting their neighbours in their time of need. Soon there were women from different cultures all cooking, swapping recipes, talking and laughing. This was the beginning of the Hubb Community Kitchen, which finds its home in the Al-Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre in West London.
This delicious recipe for caramelised plum upside-down cake comes from the community kitchen's charity cookbook: Together: Our Community Cookbook. The idea behind the cookbook is to spread the love ("hubb" means love in Arabic) and raise £250,000 for the Hubb Community Kitchen and its work within the community.
"As soon as I heard about the Kitchen, I volunteered to help, cooking recipes from my homeland, Algeria." Says Bellili of her recipe feature in the Together cookbook. "This cake is one my Mum used to make. She always said plums are an unreliable fruit – they can be quite sour when raw. This brings out the best in them."
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