New Year’s Course at the Buddhist Centre, what we ate (part 1 of 4)

The Buddhist group I belong to has centres in many cities in the country. Last year the gang in Sydney decided to host a New Year’s course with talks given by teachers from around Australia, meditation, and of course plenty of time for socialising, including the big New Year Eve’s party and champagne brunch on New Year’s Day.

This year we thought on repeating the experience. Numbers dropped, perhaps because not too many people from interstate had the time/money to head to Sydney again, but it’s still a good course.

Day one started with our regular meditation at 7 pm, followed by what should have been a BBQ. If you remember, the weather on Monday was crap, so I changed food plans, so instead of BBQed steaks and sausages I made roast chicken with veggies, braised lamb shoulders and shanks, and fried sausages. Due to a communication problem (me not being told that Gaby and Phil were bringing food over) we ended up with too much food so I decided to refrigerate my stuff for the next day and settle with left-over meats plus the salads Angela made. Luckily I didn’t make any dessert, there were enough to give a sugar coma to at least half of us.

Sweet roasted nuts, pesto, garlic and yogurt dip, salmon dip, rice crackers, lavosh crackers and mini toasts

Day 1: Dinner

Ham

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Sourdough bread

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Potato and pesto salad

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Thai cabbage salad

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Beef and tomato sausages, chorizos

Day 1: Dinner

Ham, green beans, broccolini, turkey, beans

Day 1: Dinner

Boozy berry, cream and lady fingers dessert

Day 1: Dinner

Panforte

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Fruit mince tarts

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Cherries, biscotti and other cookies

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Vegan and gluten-free cookies

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The star of the night was the constipated sheep. I failed to take a pic of its face, but it looked like it was having a hard time in the loo.

The constipated sheep

Day 1: Dinner

When pressed down, the sheep provided us with jelly beans of various flavours and a suggestive shade of brown.

The constipated sheep (1 of 3)

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The constipated sheep (2 of 3)

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The constipated sheep (3 of 3)

Day 1: Dinner

To be continued…

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