Twelve members and twenty seven guests including the President of the Day Branch, Esma Baker and Judy Mitton were present at the Evening Branch’s International night held at Fettler’s Restaurant at the Railway Hotel.
Timor –Leste, commonly known as East Timor being the country of study.
As usual Carol Logan went out of her way to source a most delicious menu for all to experience cuisine from Timor-Leste.
The menu included Koto Da’an (Beef casserole with chick peas and macaroni), Chicken Bakso/Baso (Timorese chicken meatballs), Modo Fila (Spinach and cabbage stir-fry) served with sweet potato, broccoli, potato and carrots.
Alternating sweets were Pudim De Coco (Coconut pudding) and Lapis Legit (Timorese layered cake) followed by tea/coffee and chocolate stick.
During the evening a video was shown on Timor-Leste depicting the beautiful scenery, holiday resorts, food and its people.
Each table had information for those present to study and from this and the video a quiz was held with much fun enjoyed by all.
The Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste is a sovereign state in Southeast Asia. It comprises the eastern half of the island of Timor.
The small country of 15,410 kms (5,400 square miles) is located 640 kms from Darwin.
East Timor was colonized by Portugal in the 16th century, and was known as Portuguese Timor until Portugal’s decolonization of the country. In late 1975, East Timor declared its independence, but later that year was invaded and occupied by Indonesia and was declared Indonesia’s 27th province the following year. In 1999, following the United Nations-sponsored act of self-determination, Indonesia relinquished control of the territory and East Timor became the first new sovereign state of the 21st century on May 20, 2002. East Timor is one of only two predominantly Roman Catholic countries in Asia, the other being the Philippines.
East Timor has a lower-middle-income economy. It continues to suffer the after-effects of a decades-long independence struggle against Indonesia, which damaged infrastructure and displaced thousands of civilians. It is placed 147th by Human Development Index (HDI).
President of the Evening Branch, Rebecca Knight thank all for their attendance and sincerely thanked Carol Logan for her efforts.
The evening Branch will meet again on Tuesday July 17, 6.30pm for 7pm at the Railway where all members will be counted as being present unless an apology is received. Guests are welcome and must be booked in by Monday July 16 with Deidre Carroll on 63431574 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.