Welcome to Dirty Girl Kitchen
More than just a kitchen, our mission is to safeguard our ‘granny skills,’ by protecting food heritage, culture, skills, knowledge and tradition, passing down what grannies know best. Dirty Girl Kitchen aims to bring those communities of women from our multi-cultural Australia together and share worshipful skills (in which Rebecca has called ‘granny skills’). You know, all the ones that involve getting ‘dirty’.
From growing food to making soap, brewing stock to weaving a basket we are preserving the skills most precious to us. Our grannies are from all sorts of places (our own included) such as the country, the city and refugee communities. We are planting kitchen gardens, making jam, curing meat and pickling every cucumber insight!
As well as all of the exciting collaborations, we are cooking up a storm. Dirty Girl Kitchen is selling its goods in delis and farmers markets, catering for all kinds of events, restaurants and people, serving up nothing but the best seasonal, nostalgic goodness.
Our Dirty Girls are also keen to save you some money by passing on ways to be thrifty and in turn helping to protect our mother earth.
In a fast paced world, tradition and worshipful skills are being lost. We are all finding it hard to even have time to ourselves, let alone each other. Amongst the blur of daily lives, the elderly are left lonely with no one to pass down their stories and skills too and yet a whole plethora of women young and old;and often lonely too, are crying out for a way to connect with each other and the land again. Dirty Girl Kitchen is about bringing those of women together and taking a step back.
We are always looking for grannies to teach and girls to learn so if you are keen to be part of this social project of passing it on, please get in touch!
Dirty Girl Kitchen was founded by Rebecca Sullivan, one afternoon as she stirred a boiling pot of strawberry jam staring out her window watching the autumn leaves fall outside of her Cotswold cottage in Gloucestershire.
Gaining her Masters in Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development and having been involved in many a wonderful projects and organisations such as the Women’s Institute, Slow Food and the UN, Rebecca moved back to Australia and wanted to bring all of the social, environmental and sustainable food issues she had worked on (and is most passionate about), as well as her love for cooking and admiration for her elders into one melting pot, thus, Dirty Girl Kitchen was born.