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My first, and only, Christmas Lunch Celebration - Beware - FOOOOOOOD pictures!!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Last Friday we had our Curves Christmas Lunch – it is the only one of the many celebration lunches that I attend as they cost heaps and the food is rarely healthy!! –
It was held at the Senior College – where they have a dining room and catering kitchen to train students for the hospitality industry. The meals are very good but cheap as there can be problems (as there were!!)

Unfortunately they had chosen a bad day for it – as the usual Catering Students were graduating that day – so were in the main college hall for their celebration and they were only the staff and a group of young (teenage) Chinese students who were over for the holiday to learn. The Chinese students had only had 1 lesson previous and couldn’t speak English – so the staff were using hand signals – and complications abounded.

Though I must say – the Chinese students all had impeccable manners (even the male students took you to the restroom when asked where it was, and opened the door you bowing you through) – but it meant that the meal – though hot and beautifully served and wonderful tasting – was served with huge gaps between courses!! To give an idea – we arrived at 11.45am and left at 2.10pm!!

This was our table – there were 4 similar tables of Curves members. My friend – Barb – is on the bottom right next to my vacant seat and wearing a salmon coloured top. You can see one of our little Chinese waitresses at the top left, and the fair lady on the top right in an orange red top is one of our trainers.

At present I don’t have a picture of me in my final choice of outfit – I will get one sorted soon.

Menu
Starters:
Mezze style platters with an Xmas Twist on tables:


Coconut prawns:, Char Grilled Baby Octopus:,


Baby Lamb Koftas:, Chorizo and Calimari Turkey, Brie and Cranberry Bites


Smoked Salmon and Caviar Blini

Main:
Choice of:


Barramundi, Prawns and Sea Scallops on a Kumera Mash with a Mango, lime and coriander salsa

OR


Duo of Turkey and Ham with a Sage and Walnut Stuffing, Roasted Root Veges, and Port Jus.
Garden Salads on the Table

Dessert:

Profiteroles Filled with Kahlua, Baileys and Cointreau Cream smothered with Rich Chocolate Ganache
And No! I didn’t eat it – honestly it was too over the top and I have no wish these days for creamy chocolaty things. Several people said – “it was gorgeous but they will have indigestion for the next few days” - what is the point?? I’d rather not be sick!!

And to make things easier with the language problem – the College staff had prepared labels for us according to our choice of main meal – I had fish!!



It was a chance to dress up and socialise with people we normally only see fleetingly as they come and go on the circuit – all sweaty from a workout!!

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IMEMINE1 11/27/2012 2:33PM

    Wow. Looks so fancy.
Must have been great.

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CHERIRIDDELL 11/26/2012 12:58AM

    That looks lovely!

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JOYFUL78 11/25/2012 8:20AM

    wow how beautiful those photos, great post!

emoticon Have a wonderful and blessed Sunday emoticon

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ROCHELLE62 11/22/2012 6:20PM

    That food looks so far behind my limited palate. I can't say half of the names and wouldn't have a clue on how to eat it. It is lovely though, and a meal with friends is always a good day.

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MARTY728 11/19/2012 1:35PM

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HAPPYBASKET 11/18/2012 9:10PM

    oooooohhhh, Sure wish I had been there to enjoy the food with you. I'm sorry that the school's "system" broke down that day. Where I retired from, we also offered those classes for students & it was a wonderful treat to eat the food they prepared. I'm proud of you for not giving in to the desert. I'm afraid I would have at least had a bite. BUT! Those "bites" are showing up in my middle so I will have to forgo them for the Holidays. We will be with our daughters family at that time & she won't have those kind of foods around, so that will help. I'm looking forward to the Modeling pictures.

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BE-THE-CHANGE 11/18/2012 12:17PM

    How was the grilled octopus? I've only had it in tomato sauce.

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123ELAINE456 11/18/2012 7:56AM

  What a Beautiful Christmas Dinner. The Food Looks like it was very tasty and yummy. Glad You enjoyed Yourself. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. Enjoy Today. Take Care.

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 11/17/2012 10:48PM

    love the pictures... everything looked delightful.... I've never seen some of that food.... glad that you had a good time and were smart enough to make wise food choices. Love ya

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LORRAINE10141 11/17/2012 8:21PM

    An eating adventure, so much that I had never heard of or seen before now. Glad you had an opportunity to socialize.

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LINOVER 11/17/2012 7:36PM

    Interesting menu! I would have chosen fish too. I admire your willpower in not eating the profiterole - I would have eaten at least a bite or two! Even with the language difficulty and the length of the luncheon, it sounds like it was a nice get-together with friends.

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KARIDIAN1 11/17/2012 7:34PM

    Wow- fancy dishes. Not sure if it appeals to me, but it looks cool.

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RAINBOWMF 11/17/2012 6:55PM

    different
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Mary

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ALIHIKES 11/17/2012 6:02PM

    What a wonderful feast! Thanks for sharing the experience and the photos emoticon

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GOANNA2 11/17/2012 5:28PM

    Lots of choices. You would really have to be strong to
stay away from the rich dishes. Fish was a good choice. emoticon
Did you get any of the storms up your way?


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