Cooking Circles and 2016 so far; join Currie Crescent lunches with Tryphena; come along to the second This is Not a Wife Beater/Cooking Circle; Feb/Marc highlights, EOI's blogging and women and girls in Timor; In The News
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Bon dia

And hello in English. There's been lots of cooking action happening in 2016 already with two in-home dinners and another planned for a fortnight's time. Weekly lunches are rolling along with many hosts at Currie Crescent under the capable and enthusiastic guidance of Tryphena - thank you Tryphena for all your continued efforts and willingness to have endless cups of tea with me.

There's a section of highlights with links to some lovely writing on the blog by Catherine, Jane and Jeanette. Take a little time to read the stories and thoughts from these ladies and I guarantee you'll be moved to think, act or dream.

Until next time,


Would you like to join a Cooking Circle?

Whether you are looking to meet new people this year, experiment with foods and flavours, or be part of a network of welcoming, passionate women, joining a Cooking Circle is something more and more women each month find a heart-warming and fun thing to do. Women of all ages and backgrounds are welcome.

Most women sign up to a Circle once a date and location suits them to get a sense of how a Circle runs. Events are promoted monthly in the Facebook Cooking Circles group and will be shared in the newsletter too. 

In Canberra, Cooking Circles operates as a program auspiced by YWCA Canberra. We run through a Committee, and are funded from small fees that each woman pays to attend a Circle. 

Smaller events are run in homes of women across Canberra and will run monthly this year, with larger events running weekly at community centres. 

The next Cooking Circle for 2016 will be held on Saturday 16th April at Alisa's plaxce in Turner. Alisa runs local campaign to end domestic violence and create gender equality - This Is Not a Wife Beater. Cost is $15 per person and 7 spots are currently available. Time 5.30pm-8pm. Most dietary requirements can be accommodated but please advise with  your RSVP to 

Stay tuned for the next Cooking Circles through the Facebook Group, 'Cooking Circles, Canberra' and via newsletters. 

A Message from Cooking Circle's Currie Crescent Facilitator, Tryphena

We've been treated to a wide variety of cooking styles this term and I'd especially like to thank those who have volunteered their time and effort in leading a cooking session to date.  Each of you have brought a unique flavour to the program and it's been a lot of fun cooking with you.

We were recently hosted by Ana Guteres who shared spectacular recipes from East Timor.

I'm now seeking lead cooks/hosts for Term 3. Please let me know if you can be available.  

At the end of the term we'll have a 3-week break and begin Term 2 on May 4 but before then I would like to start compiling the Term 2 roster.  If you have a recipe that you could share (it doesn't have to be a meal - it could be dessert instead) then I'd love to hear from you.  Please remember that I'm here to help in providing food supplies or kitchen appliances too.

The dates for Term 2 are:

May: 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th

June: 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th

Your support in leading a cooking session is very much appreciated and is what makes this program special.  Thank you for considering your part in this and I look forward to hearing from you.

Contact: Tryphena, 

Timor Leste

Be Part of Something

Do you live in Timor Leste or have friends and family in Timor Leste? Then Cooking Circles would like to hear from you! The next stages of the Cooking Circles blog will focus on telling stories from women and girls in Timor Leste - about food, lifestyle, culture, work, family.....

Emails can be sent in Tetun or Bahasa Indonesian as these can now be translated with the help of women in the Canberra Cooking Circles network.Please get in touch by emailing if you know someone who is interested. 

February & March Highlights

Catherine held a Cooking Circle at her place, attended by a diverse age and cultural group of women. She marked St Patrick's Day with an ode to her Irish heritage at this beautiful Circle. Catherine wrote about her Irish heritage in this heartfelt piece on the blog.

Our fist Cooking Circle for the year was marked by Tryphena and her Cambodian cooking special. While the days were still long in Canberra, we managed to cook on the BBQ and eat at her big wooden table li with tealights beneath the oak trees. 

Nationally-renowned speaker and Autism Advocate Jeanette Purkis celebrates International Women's Day with what the day means to her as a woman with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Jane Alver also spoke out on International Women's Day about the ongoing sobering statistics that paint the picture of gender equality across the world.

Welcome to our newest volunteer Dinar. Dinar grew up in Indonesia and will be working as a translater/interpreter between women in Timor and Australia. We look forward to telling stories directly from the voices of Berta, Sonia and Obalita. 

...And you can watch my summary of 2015 in the video diary below
Currie Crescent, Alola, our Committee, and loads of cooking...

In the News

Australians and Timorese protest Timor Sea oil arrangements

Tour de Timor 2016 announced

Leoblora Green School in Timor Leste

TED Talks goes to Dili
See something in the news or within your network that is relevant to Timor Leste, gender, or food/produce? Please email your links to
Driving from Bacau to Dili, stopped for this view of the sea
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