Buddha Day is a very special day in the year of Buddhists and certain Hindus too because the two religions agree on karma (the sum of a person's actions in this and previous states of existence, viewed as deciding their fate in future existences) and dharma (cosmic law and order). Buddha Day celebrations are also known as Vesak/Wesak, Buddha Purnima or Buddha’s Birthday
Ramadan 2018 begins today, Tuesday the 15th of May and ends on the evening of Thursday the 14th of June. Ramadan is regarded as the holiest season of the Islamic calendar and one of the five pillars of Islam. It takes place in the 9th month as determined by the lunar Islamic calendar and as such falls on a different date each year. Ramadan is a month of fasting that commemorates the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad, according to Islamic belief.
Roughly 374 kilometres south of Sydney, close to Twofold Bay, is the Garden of Eden. St. George’s Uniting Church set up the native garden in 2006 to enrich the community life in Eden NSW, a coastal town famous for its once legendary pod of killer whales. Today Eden is home not only to a thriving whale watching industry but also to an award-winning community garden where locals grow organic produce, attend permaculture workshops and hold movie nights.
Cards, gifts, exotic flowers, a Mother’s Day brunch at her favourite café. You have chalked out the perfect plan to make this day special for your mum. But haven’t you been doing the same things since forever? Why not try something new and make it truly special this year? As you set out to celebrate Mother’s Day on 13th May, do something that’s not just good for your mum but Mother Nature, too.
Each Anzac Day in Australia, these humble biscuits are a sweet diversion on an otherwise sombre occasion. But have you ever found yourself wondering about the history of the Anzac biscuit? Well they’re widely believed to have originated around the time of World War I in 1915. Anzac biscuits were sent by wives and women’s groups to soldiers abroad because they travelled well and didn’t go mouldy like bread did. However, the biscuits that were sent to soldiers back then were a fry cry from the commercial sweet variety that is popular today.
As the global community responds to increasing climate change and limited natural resources, the Sustainability sector has been identified as one of the fastest growing industries worldwide. But what exactly is Sustainability? Put simply it is a way of thinking about the environment in terms of the amount and types of resources we use as a community. This involves thinking about how we can all take measures to conserve energy, save water, recycle and waste.
Whether you’re a passionate conservationist or a concerned individual there are so many outlets to support environmental sustainability in your community.
In our contemporary world, we tend to obsess about what we put into our bodies. New diets or supplements abound. The practice of mindful eating asks you to slow down and consider how the food you are eating impacts on you and the earth.
By now you may have realised that people of Christian Orthodox faith celebrate Easter on a different day to the official Easter holiday in Australia. Orthodox Easter Sunday, also called Pascha, will fall on April the 8th 2018. You might be wondering why this is so; well up until the year 1582, early Christians (both Catholic and Orthodox) used the Julian calendar to calculate Easter Sunday.
Over 600 Sydneysiders joined together in Blacktown’s Bowman Hall to participate in the Breaking Bread initiative, a key event of SydWest and Blacktown City Council’s 2018 Harmony Day celebrations.
The Breaking Bread initiative, Facilitated by FoodFaith and the Faith Ecology Network, brought together over 12 faiths and cultures to learn about each other’s rich food traditions, customs and wisdoms.
It’s a busy time for Jews. The eight-day festival of Passover starts on March 30 and most
Jewish households are already on an intensive search-and- destroy mission for any hidden
bread crumbs in every nook and cranny of their house.
Sambousa or samosa is not only known in the Arabian Peninsula, but it is known in South and Central Asia, the Mediterranean, North and South Africa, and the Horn of Africa. The recipe is different in each area.
Coq Au Vin is probably one of the most famous traditional French recipes and this version by Best-selling, internationally celebrated chef Stephane Reynaud offers a simple but delicious version anyone can re-create at home.
This ‘old school’ recipe may be sweet and sugary but is so easy to prepare and in small bites, offers an easier and more creative version to the meringue or pavlova.
Grandma’s truita catalana is yet another version of tortilla, but quite a bit richer. It is not
often found on restaurant menus, as it involves a little more work, but it’s definitely worth it!
Rachel Finch and her team at BODY by Finch have worked hard to create delicious recipes that allow you to enjoy your favourites with some of the guilt removed. This is their version (which they've kindly allowed us to share here) of the classic ANZAC biscuit which is quite a bit healthier than the standard but still delicious.
The latest cookbook from the Country Women's Association of NSW (CWA) has just been released. With tried and true recipes for a perfect sausage roll snack, a succulent Greek-style roast chicken for dinner or honeycomb cheesecake slice for dessert, Everything I know about cooking I learned from the CWA is the perfect kitchen companion, in a deceptively small format. Our team made and ate the cashew brownies so try them for yourself.
This recipe is a mainstay of the Pesach (or Passover) meal on the Jewish Seder. It is one of many courses that those around the Seder table consume on one of the commemorative nights of Pesach. It is always regarded as a challenge to make a light matzo ball! Those who have experienced many Passovers will know that it is wise to stop at one with your soup as they are very filling and there is a lot of food to come.
Plaited sweet bread perfect for Shabbat #breakingbread
Flaky, buttery and delicious. #breakingbread
Thandai is a cool and refreshing drink that is made during the Indian festival of colours called “Holi” celebrated during the month of March. Thandai is made with a mix of dry fruits, seeds and a few spices. The word “thandai” means that which is cooling and is derived from the Hindi word “thanda”. Madhu and her team at Ma India Cooking School are preparing for Holi this week and here's one of their favourite recipes.
May is a special month for all Buddhists. The full moon of May marks the anniversary of the Buddha's Enlightenment which we call Buddha Day or Wesak.
This Saturday, join us at the Sydney Buddhist Centre for this special celebration as we evoke the Buddha and explore our very personal responses to The Awakened One.