You have made this possible

Cooking Circles has had a BIG year, and it the committment and creativity of Canberra women and girls; partner organisations and individuals; and our friends across Australia and Timor Leste that this year has been big and magnificent.

Some of the highlights for me were:

  • Our Bush Tucker Workshop in NAIDOC week run by Narelle Happ
  • Uhm, meeting Narelle Happ! This women is talented and warm and embodies everything Cooking Circles aspires to be
  • Janice's High Tea that fundraised for the Domestic Violence Crisis Service and brought women and girls on the autism spectrum together
  • The feast that was our first collaboration with a local restaurnt - Taste of Bangladesh organised by Michele
  • Awarded an Edna Ryan Award for Community Activism, not to mention the blessing of speaking to 300 women about feminism, social justice and the power of storytelling
  • Invited to speak at the Women's Social Entrepreneur Breakfast
  • Presented at the inaugural National Multicultural Women's Conference on social enterprise and social inclusion
  • And last but not least the fabulous Discussion Panel on Cultural Identiy in partnership with Hometaste, with a banquet of Southern Indian and Pakistani food, and tales told by 5 women from different cultural backgrounds, hosted by the lovely Sarah Burr.
Thank you to our partners and sponsors of this year: The Canberra Baptist Church (Currie Crescent Community Centre); Ginninderra Rotary Club; Woden Community Service; Canberra Islamic Centre; Bendigo Bank; Hometaste; and recently, students from the University of Canberra.

The final word goes to the very special women who have made this year. you have been by my side and brought your skills, sensitivity and ingenuity to make Cooking Circles the best it can be. I want to thank: Tryphena and Catherine of the The Canberra Baptist Church, Tricia, Vanessa, Melanie, Emma, Muataza, Teena, Sarah, Catherine R, Janice, Alisa, Aimee, Jess, Anne, Narelle, Kerstin, Mary, Tric, Mamta.

I'm signing off for 6 weeks as I leave Canberra and head for the marry the man of my dreams! David and I are marrying this Saturday 17th then honeymoon-ing in the USA and the Carribean. There will be a photo or three to share when I return!

I can't wait to see what sorts of adventures we have in 2017, and I invite you to stay part of the flourishing network of women in Canberra and Timor Leste.

Have a safe and joyful break.

With love,

Currie Crescent 
With Tryphena guiding this group again over 2016, the weekly, Wednesday Currie Crescent Cooking Circle has been flourishing this year. The delicious lunches have included homemade burgers, pies and roast dinners, salads, and the odd sweet! 

The group size varies each week from 5 to 15, and is open to men from the community to attend as well. Big thanks goes to Kerstin Wallace, Trish McEwan and Mary Milne who have been regulars and provided support to Tryphena and leadership and guidance to the group most weeks. 

In 2017, Currie Crescent will be looking for leadership and facilitation from volunteers within the group. I'd love to hear from you if you would like to step into the role, send an email to me at
Photos, Currie Crescent
Women-led lunches & dinners
The events that have taken place in Canberra homes and at Currie Crescent this year have been delightful, positive, engaging, unique, and filled with generosity.

I cannot encourage you strongly enough to attend a meal or host a Cooking Circle in your home in 2017! Please contact me to host and watch emails for current events from February. 
Talking about the project
Rewatch this video where I talk about what's behind Cooking Circles

Filmed in Dili, Timor Leste, 2014
A Bush Tucker session, and a Bangladeshi feast have introduced many new members to the Cooking Circles network. Keep your eyes out for a second Bush Tucker workshop in 2017 - probably around the time of Reconciliation Week. 
Been to the blog lately? Here are some of my fav pieces from the year

Finding Food Plant Solutions

Indigenous Food Sovereignty, by Sarah Burr

An Experience of Cooking Circles, by Jeanette Purkis

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