Join our women's panel on cultural identity; recognition as a finalist in the ACT Violence Prevention Awards; Find out about Timor Leste in the news; See the latest on the blog from Sarah Burr, Jeanette Purkis on our new look website 
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Come to our Women's Panel on Cultural Identity with cooking by local social enterprise Hometaste

Book your ticket here

Come join a night of inspiring women speaking about the intriciacies and sharing their stories of cultural identity and gender. Panelists so far include: Nicola Knackstredt, Franzi Honecker, Christina Sanchez, and Narelle Happ. Our panel will be hosted by the brilliant Sarah Burr.

And for something a little extra special, we are partnering with Hometaste Canberra, a social venture that employs women in Canberra to cook meals at home and sell these to Canberrans. Hometaste will be inviting 2 of their newest female home chefs to cook for guests on the night to get feedback on their delicious recipes.

Bookings essential. Tickets will cover the costs of Hometastes cooks and surplus will go to Currie Crescent Community Centre Wednesday cooking sessions.

If you cannot make the night but would still like to support the event, you can purchase a 'sponsor a woman' ticket which will allow another woman to attend free of charge.

WHEN: Saturday, 13 August 2016 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
WHERE: Currie Crescent Community Centre, Kingston

Meet Sarah Burr

Sarah will be facilitating the panel. Meet Sarah.

Sarah is a member of the YWCA Canberra board, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Advisory Council, and works in Indigenous Affairs for the Commonwealth Government. She has completed a Masters of Agribusiness at the University of Melbourne and regularly contributes articles to the Cooking Circles blog on food issues in Timor Leste. As a proud Aboriginal woman, Sarah is passionate about the rights of women and Indigenous people.


A big thank you

To the women who made the Bush Tucker Workshop on 2nd July the success story is was. My thanks to Narelle of A Garden For Life who ran the show, Alaine of Foodish who hosted us pro bono, Tricia, Ellyn, and Mel, Michele and Karen for photos and social media. 

Watch this space for a second Bush Tucker Workshop to come.
Timor Leste in the news

Two Timorese journalists awarded Balibo Five-Roger East Fellowship 

Alola Foundation announces 2016 breastfeeding awareness MILK campaign

Prime Minister launches Timor Leste News Agency
The Timorese community in Australia

Australia Timor Friendship Association holds 2016 Conference

Ego Lemos performing at Darwin Festival 14 August

ACT Violence Prevention Awards

Last month Cooking Circles members Tricia, Ana and I were invited by the Office for Women to attend the ACT Violence Prevention Awards at the Belconnen Arts Centre.

Cooking Circles was pleased to be awarded as a finalist in the community category. We were nominated for the social networking that cooking events create, which lowers women's risk of social isolation and provides some initial support in cases of domestic violence. 

Find the full list of recipients online

I'm after your ideas and enthusiasm.

Over the coming months Cooking Circles is pitching ideas in several various grant rounds.
  • An Australian young women's exchange to Timor Leste
  • A Timorese women's internship program in Australian businesses and NGO's
  • Timorese Oral History Project
I'd love to hear from you. If you have ideas about what else we could do to make a difference to the lives of women in Timor Leste and Canberra, send your ideas to me at (note new email address)
Pumpkin bread cooked at one of the Currie Crescent lunches

Host or join a Cooking Circle


Currie Crescent

Each Wednesday of the school term, 11am-1.30pm, $5
RSVP to Tryphena at

Canberra Islamic Centre

Thursday 11th August, 10am-1pm
Gold coin donation
Book here now

In-home dinner

Held in your home, these dinners (or lunches) are held of a weekend once a month. Now looking for cooks in September and October. Your costs will be reimbursed, you'll be assisted with promoting the event and selling tickets, and you decide how many women you host and what to cook. 

Watch Tryphena talk about her experiences hosting the first Cooking Circle of 2016

Meet Jeanette Purkis

Today I did something which would have been impossible for me just a few years ago. I got a taxi to an address I hadn’t been to before to spend an evening cooking and connecting with other women I had never met before. I attended the Canberra Cooking Circles ‘country cooking’ evening with twelve other women.

Read the full review from Jeanette
Narelle leads the Bush Tucker Workshop, Canberra
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