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July Newsletter

It has been an exciting time for Cooking Circles recently, especially for our work in Canberra.

Joining different cooking events, browsing community kitchens and discovering other cooking projects with the aim of bringing people together, plus reading cook books, and well, cooking, has altogether made for some precious inspiration.

Talking to friends and almost anyone about what is relevant and what is possible in the Canberra community has led to some hearty talks and some helpful tips. A good friend, Louise, mentioned a community centre who were once running weekly cooking meets. This led to a hopeful phone call followed by a quick meet and greet at The Currie Crescent Community Centre, part of the Canberra Baptist Church in Kingston.  Our projects are now joining forces and will begin running weekly lunches and monthly dinners, each one run by one woman who shares a recipe with the fabulous group of women (and often little kids!) The first of these combined efforts will begin this Wednesday. Email Catherine at by Tuesday lunchtime if you would like to attend.


On 12 July, my partner David and I visited the home of Fethullah and Hamdan and their family to celebrate Iftar, or breaking the days fast during Ramadan. The event is organised annually by Fethullah as an activity of the Blue Star Intercultural Centre, aiming to build peace and understanding between diverse groups within a community. This series of dinners were organised for MPs and members of the Press Gallery at Parliament House to extend their knowledge of the Muslim community and the Islamic faith, and creating more informed policy and reporting as a result. 

The generosity of Fethullah, Hamdan and their family was deeply appreciated. Some photos of the night are below, and the photo at the top of this newsletter is of us all. We shared a big meal and many, many sweets. The discussions were fascinating and I left their home feeling joy at having found new friends. Thank you, Fethullah and Hamdan! 

More happenings

The Welcome Dinner Project

This busy, bustling project run by foundation Joining the Dots was created to connect newly arrived Australians (in the last 10 years) and established Australians and has been running in Australia for 2 years. Students, refugees and migrants come together for dinners in the home of a host with a plate of food, and spend an evening together getting to know one another and share stories about anything. Anything that is, except for how you arrived in the country, and what you do for work! The Welcome Dinner Project believes that friendships are built on what we share in common with one another, and so conversations are usually about cooking, family holidays, weekend sport, local markets. 

Last weekend I was fortunate to train and become one of 20 Facilitators for the Project as it launches in Canberra. Our role is to join dinners and be 'the glue' introducing guests to one another and keeping the event running smoothly. There will be more from me and the other Facilitators once our dinners get underway in the ACT.

YWCA Canberra Winter Warmer

In the previous Cooking Circles email an invite went out for a special fundraising dinner for the Lanyon Food Hub, part of YWCA Canberra. This was one of a series of events for YWCA Canberra, called a Winter Wamer, to raise much needed funds for the critical work of The Hub to continue in providing food for women, children and families in need in the Tuggeranong region.

The dinner was a successful night with 5 great women, as well as 3 salads, one large tray of tomato and cheese quiches, and Hungarian-style chocolate pancakes. Thanks to the women who supported the Lanyon Food Hub by coming to the dinner and donating. Thanks also to those who have donated online to the Pozible Lanyon Food Hub campaign. 

Upcoming events


Currie Crescent/Cooking Circles lunches, Wednesdays 11.30AM-1.30PM, Currie Crescent, Kingston, $5 per event: Wed's 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th August

Currie Crescent/Cooking Circles dinner, Saturday 5PM-8PM, Currie Crescent, Kingston, $10: Taiwanese dinner hosted by Blogger of Weekend Parent and Taiwanese Food Guru, Serina: Sat 8th August

Home dinner, Danish style! 3 spots available, $10 per person, Canberra City
Friday 14th August
RSVP or enquiries: (address provided to you upon RSVP)


Currie Crescent/Cooking Circles lunches, details as above: Wed's 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th 

Currie Crescent/Cooking Circles dinner, details as above: Sat 19th Sep

Red Cross Big Cake Bake fundraiser, Saturday 26th September, Kingston (at Heidi's), bring a sweet treat and $10, your money will all go to Red Cross 2pm-5pm
RSVP and enquiries:
The kitchen at the Currie Crescent Community Centre, Kingston

Want to get involved?

Here are a few ways you can get involved with your community and our work at Cooking Circles 

Donate to the Lanyon Food Hub campaign by 7th August to help the Hub reach their goal of $2,500. They're already at $1,500, and every little bit counts. Donate here.

Read about what happens at a Cooking Circle in this article by Canberra Times reporter, Natasha Rudra. If you're thinking about joining a Circle, this will give you a feel for what it's all about!

Join a Cooking Circle as a host. You can hold the lunch/dinner/afternoon tea in your home, or come to the Currie Crescent Community Centre and share a recipe with us there. Currently there are spots available for: in-home dinners in September and October, Currie Crescent Community Centre lunches on Wednesdays, and special, one-off fundraising or awareness raising events like the Red Cross Big Cake Bake.

Share this newsletter with female friends, family, colleagues who are want to meet new people in Canberra, who love food and cooking, or who are passionate about food security, gender equality and of course, Timor Leste.  

Thanks very much for reading! Your feedback is always welcome and appreciated to help make newsletters and Cooking Circles as a whole an exciting, innovative and powerful project. 

Until next time 
- Heidi
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