A woman stands against a wall that reads, "Nan."
Photo: Stefania Mizara/IRC

Earlier this year, the IRC in Greece hosted cooking workshops for refugee and local women living on the island of Lesbos. Some of the women who took part talked to us about their experience and shared their recipes.

Dimitra, born and raised in Lesbos, shared her recipe for stuffed tomatoes and peppers. “I chose this dish because it is fresh and summery,” she says, but also because the dish represents her own migrant heritage. Her grandparents came to Greece as refugees from Asia Minor. It was her grandmother who taught her how to make stuffed tomatoes.

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“I made the Asia Minor version, just like my grandmother did, where we put pine nuts and raisins together with the rice,” she says, adding, “The situation on Lesbos is hard for both refugees and locals, but we shouldn’t lose our humanity.”

Stuffed Tomatoes and Peppers


Tomatoes, peppers, onions, garlic, and other ingredients on a table
The stuffed tomatoes recipe serves approximately 5 people.
Photo: Stefania Mizara/IRC


A woman holds a bowl of salt over a table of ingredients for stuffed tomatoes.
The workshops were held in Nan restaurant in Mytilini on the island of Lesvos.
Photo: Photo: Stefania Mizara/IRC
Two woman add salt to a bowl of ingredients for stuffed peppers.
"We knew that local women did not usually have the chance to meet refugee women and interact with refugee women and that giving them this chance could bring a change in attitudes and a warmer welcome." Said Martha Roussou, Senior Advocacy Manage for the IRC.
Photo: Photo: Stefania Mizara/IRC
A woman adds filling to a green pepper.
On taking part in the IRC’s workshop, Dimitra said: “It was a great experience, I saw some differences in the way women cook around the world.”
Photo: Photo: Stefania Mizara/IRC

Recipes from Home

The Recipes from Home series presents dishes lovingly prepared by refugee and local women who attended the IRC cooking workshops held at Nan, a restaurant on the island of Lesbos. The aim of the workshops is to bring together people to promote common experiences and mutual understanding through the universal language of food.

The workshops were supported by the Western Union Foundation.