The CWA Evening Branch hosted a fabulous event at The Grenfell Country Club on Tuesday evening July 16, where 56 members, partners and friends were in attendance.
The nominated Country of study for CWA this year is New Guinea - hence and evening in New Guinea with fabulous food by Tania Mooney and fellowship was enjoyed by all. Tania presented a main course of Rice, Kokoda Fish, Muma and Coconut Kaukau followed by Dessert of Sticky Sweet Rice and Fruit and Caramelised Banana.
Traditional cuisine of New Guinea is based on root crops such as taro, kaukau and yams, sago and pig (cooked in the earth on traditional feasts). Mumu is a traditional dish combining roast pork, sweet potatoes, rice and greens. Local fruits include pineapples, pawpaws, mangoes, passion fruit and bananas.
Where ethnic New Guineans live has a considerable impact on their diets, nutrition outcomes and food preparation techniques.
Urban New Guineans may have access to electricity, gas and other modern conveniences whereas a large proportion of those living in rural areas and remote villages continue to live a very traditional lifestyle.
The traditional lifestyle involves living in huts, practicing subsistence farming, hunting for game, fishing and gathering wild fruits and vegetables.
In these areas it is also usual to cook food directly over hot coals, in pots over open fires, or in ground ovens (mumu).
When cash is available, food such as rice, canned fish and canned meat may also be purchased to supplement the diet. Eighty-five percent of ethnic New Guineans are engaged in subsistence agriculture.
Guest speaker for the evening was Stuart McKellar who had make the trek with some Grenfell friends along the Kokoda Track.
Stuart presented a very interesting power point display of his trip, explained each slide and answered many questions. Secretary Marlene Taylor thanked Stuart for his wonderful and informative talk and presented him with a gift in appreciation. During the evening a quiz was conducted on New Guinea.
Special thanks to Anne Gault who lent the Evening Branch her memorabilia and photograph albums on New Guinea for display.
The Evening Branch next dinner meeting will be at the Happy Inn Chinese Restaurant on Tuesday evening August 20 where Belinda Wilson will be guest speaker. All members are counted as attending unless an apology is received by Monday evening. Apologies and guest phone Deidre Carroll 0403480729 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.