We went to another cooking class, but this was hosted by a non-religious group. We learned how to make shojin ryori food. The potato salad is one of my favorites. The brown-purple squares are arrowroot powder made into a gel/jello thing. The stew had potatoes, burdock root, and other savory elements. The organizer was in Japan to learn shojin cuisine by working at various temples, but he has since returned to the UK. Boo.