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.
Cooking Circles is a women’s empowerment project which builds connections between women through the shared experience of preparing and eating food together. I have been to a few of their other events and really enjoyed myself and had some amazing conversations. Yellow Ladybugs is a support and empowerment organisation for autistic women and girls. They put on regular activities for autistic teens and younger girls. They are primarily led by parents of autistic daughters and many of the parents have a diagnosis or identify as autistic themselves. Both organisations effect social change through connections between individuals. Both organisations are very powerful in this respect and make a big difference.
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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.
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 Lemon 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
Continue reading “Recipes from travels in Timor Leste”
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.
Continue reading “Apples & Plastics this World Environment Day”
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.
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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1. What inspired your project, The Unconventional Project? Can you tell us a little bit about what the project does?
Unconventional Apology Project was sparked by a tragedy in my family. My grandmother, Unconventional Apology Project was sparked by a tragedy in my family. My grandmother, Unconventional Apology Project was sparked by a tragedy in my family. My grandmother, Unconventional Apology Project 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).
Continue reading “An ‘Unconventional Apology’: Interview with Chantal”
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.
Continue reading “Finding Food Plant Solutions: Interview with Karalyn”
By Sarah Burr
The food industry is currently undergoing a massive transformation geared towards various “superfoods” such as quinoa, chia seeds, acai berries, goji berries, maca powder, teff, Kakadu plum (gubinge) products, baobab products, and all things coconut. All of these “superfoods” were originally used by indigenous communities around the world.
Continue reading “Indigenous food sovereignty”
When we speak over the phone, Bronwyn and Helen
are bubbly, and they’re busy. The couple from Braidwood, southern NSW, leave for Italy tomorrow on week long eating and talking extravaganza – the largest gathering of foodies world wide, the Terra Madre biannual event by Slow Food.
Continue reading “Talking food at Slow Food’s Terra Madre”