Sally in the Zen

Confessions of a Befuddled Zen Buddhist

Happy Carnivore

Because I’m Buddhist, the only thing I don’t eat is beef.  And let me point out the obvious.  Strictly speaking, true Buddhists are vegetarians. 

Suffice it to say, I’m not that type of Buddhist.  I’m quite a happy carnivore.

So let’s talk about our Thanksgiving dinner last night. 

Zen Master, Zen Mum and I aren’t too crazy about turkey for Thanksgiving.  We’re crazy about the fixin’s and dessert, of course, but that bird…

…not our first choice in fowl.  Chicken is our usual thing but that’s for normal everyday meals. 

For Thanksgiving, Zen Master and Zen Mum went shopping earlier this week for our holiday dinner and chanced upon a goose. 

A fresh 12-lbs goose.

It’s been…umm…how long…hmm…a while…quite a while…

…since we’ve eaten this delight.

It’s chewy, wonderful exercise for the mouth, but the flavor is a mix between a chicken and a duck to me.  It’s definitely a bit gamey.

And it’s delish!

Unfortunately the best I could do is show the after-pictures of the goose already carved up.  I had ran out of batteries and in the few minutes it took me to run to Rite Aid (which was opened!) to get fresh ones, Zen Master attacked the bird in my absence.

Oh well.

When Zen Master used to work in a Chinese kitchen many years ago, if he had a goose, he would drop it in the deep fryer for a bit because of the fat content of the goose.  After awhile, he would then take it out, let it drip dry and then slowly cook it all the way through in broth seasoned with vegetables like onions, celery and carrots.  This is actually how we cook our chicken.  We don’t normally bake or roast the meat; we slow-cook it on the stovetop.

However, since we don’t have a deep fryer, Zen Master ended up slow-cooking the goose on the stovetop for a long while, and it was not a pretty sight to see just how much oil ended up floating on the water afterwards. 

In the end, the goose was alright, but it would have been better if it had been deep fried a little bit.  Zen Master was not unhappy with the end result, but according to him, it definitely could have been more tastier.

Oh well.

And our fixin’s.  Green bean casserole.

 Freshly shucked corn with butter.

Cornbread stuffing mix from Trader Joes’s.  This is our first time trying it, and it wasn’t too bad.  It was decent.

And a little apple tart cake for dessert.

And oatmeal raisin cookies, recipe from Quaker Oats

And although I didn’t take a picture of it, we also had a thing of fried rice.  Zen Master always needs his rice no matter what.

I had to be rolled from the table, I was so stuffed.

Even Zen Mum admitted, “My eyes were bigger than my stomach.” 

Zen Master didn’t say anything throughout most of the meal, he too busy plowing through two full plates of everything.  He did say that my oatmeal cookies this time was the best batch yet.

Yea me!

And now?  What’s literally right around the corner from us?

You guessed it!

Now I’m ready for the 24-hour Christmas music radio stations!

Something about hearing that music before Thanksgiving is just so wrong.

The End.

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