Served with Doses of Love

Cooking Circles volunteer Anna White sat down with Sunita and Sanjay of Daana. Here’s a little of that conversation!

Sunita and Sanjay Kumar, who run Daana restaurant in Curtin describe themselves as chefs and social entrepreneurs.

Sunita and Sanjay originally started their first restaurant in Canberra at the Westside Container Village.  They specialised in Indian street food from this venue and it was a big hit.

Daana opened in September 2016.  It was recently awarded 2017 Best New Restaurant ACT by the Restaurant and

Catering Association Savour Awards.  The cuisine is predominantly South Indian and Coastal Indian.  South Indian cooking is based around rice,lentils, and stews.  Dishes such as dosa (a lentil and rice crêpe), idli (steamed lentil rice cakes), sambar (spicy lentil and vegetable stew) rasam (tomato, tamarind, and lentil soup)are all from the South.

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A chat with Narelle Happ

Cooking Circles volunteer Anna White spoke to Narelle Happ about her passion for bush tucker, gardening, and community.

Narelle Happ is well known to Cooking Circles after running some workshops in Canberra on bush tucker.

Narelle studied permaculture, horticulture and landscape design. She is a permaculture teacher and works as a landscape designer for Sydney Wildflower Nursery, a native a specialist nursery.  She also works as an educator in seed raising, garden design, citrus fruit, pruning, permaculture, composting and worm farming.

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Yellow Ladybugs and Cooking Circles: Empowering Autistic Girls

By Jeanette Purkis

This article was originally published on Jeanette Purkis’ blog, and is available at https://jeanettepurkis.wordpress.com/2017/10/29/yellow-ladybugs-and-cooking-circles-empowering-autistic-girls/. You can read all about Jeanette and find all her musings at https://jeanettepurkis.wordpress.com/.

I spent this afternoon at a Cooking Circles event with Yellow Ladybugs – two organisations which are in Canberra and whose work I really value.

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Join Cooking Circles’ cooking class!

I’ll be sharing the best of the best recipes from Cooking Circles at Lake Night Learning in Belconne, ACT. Commencing Wednesday 18th October and running for 6 weeks, you’ll be taken on a global tour with seasonal ingredients from our Canberra region.

Venue: Lake Ginninderra College, Belconnen

When: Wednesdays from 18th October, 6.30PM-8.30PM

Cost: $220 + $15 per week

There are a few spots left – contact Lake Night Learning ASAP to lock in your spot! The course program is available online.

Emal: info@lakenitelearning.com.au

Recipes from travels in Timor Leste

IKAN SABOKO

by Ana Guterres

Ingrts.; 1 whole Snapper or Salmon optional, 1/2 of ginger, 1 Garlic clove, 1 whole Onion, 1/2 stick of Lemon grass, 2 bunch of Basil leaves, 1 whole lime, 2 tbsp of Soy souce, 3 or 4 lime or L2083_1069644750711_2599_nemon leaves, 1 teaspoon Salt, 1 teaspoon pepper, 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder or 1/2 cubed fresh turmeric, 1 bunch challot choped, fresh sliced chilli optional, 2 tbsp olive oil and banana leaves or ALFOIL

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Apples & Plastics this World Environment Day

I am determined to break my fixation with plastic bags and plastic stuff. That statistic I heard somewhere. sometime last year might be vague in context but has been wedged deep in my brain ever since – every piece of plastic ever produced still exists in some form. A lot of plastic, right?

If plastic were not a man(woman)made material then having something stick around for generations would be a good thing. But the only materials and objects that should become permanent pieces of our natural surrounds should, I think, be natural.

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Create bush tucker meals this Reconciliation Week

Book your Bush Tucker Cooking Circle Lunch now

Join Cooking Circles learn which native Bush Tucker plants you can grow and cook with. Learn how to harvest from native plants for using in savoury and sweet dishes, in drinks and baking. Taste testing and detailed notes included. We will then cook with some of the many ingredients and enjoy a native Bush Tucker lunch together

Narelle Happ is a garden designer and horticulturist who specialises in native garden and permaculture design.

She has over a decade of experience and is passionate about creating ‘living’ spaces which are nurturing, productive and sustainable.

Garden styles range from natural bushland, rainforest, cottage or formal. Permaculture designs include garden layouts for food production and sustainability. Designs that extend to engage and educate communities and schools by creating kitchen gardens and living classrooms.

A new year and a welcome

The first newsletter for the year is out, and it’s full of cooking and community goodness.

It’s great to be back and seeing in a new year, slowly. I’m still moving at a Carribean pace, and thinking fondly and what has been a magical wedding and honeymoon over December and January. Magical truly is the word! But on with the show….

Cooking Circles has started the year by organising a fun workshop with local Canberra restaurant, Pod Food. On a whim I contacted Sam of Pod Food via social media late last year, after Circles volunteer Michele ran a packed restaurant event with Taste of Bangladesh in Manuka. Sam’s idea of an outdoor paella gathering at their restaurant on a summer night sold Michele and I, and the workshop sold out in under a week. Our paella sess will go ahead this Wednesday with 30 women from many different walks of life.

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An ‘Unconventional Apology’: Interview with Chantal

1. What sparked your project, The Unconventional Project? And could you tell us a little bit about what the project does?

Unconventional Apology Project (UAP) was sparked by a tragedy in my family. (Trigger warning: this interview contains a story of domestic abuse and violence from the ‘read more’ tag).

Image courtesy of the Unconventional Apology Project

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Finding Food Plant Solutions: Interview with Karalyn

To say I was excited when I first heard about Food Plant Solutions is quite the understatement. Through Canberra Friends of Dili of which I’m a casual member, I was contacted by a fellow member who suggested I speak to Karalyn of Food Plant Solutions in Tasmania. There were synergies, she explained, with my interests in Timor Leste and its vast edible plant diversity. And it didn’t take me long on this mob’s fascinating website before I was contacting Karalyn to talk more.

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