The Indian Wedding Feast

Hello everyone! As you all know, we’ve just been to Kerala to attend HRH the son and his beautiful bride’s Hindu wedding. I just can’t forget the experience of the wedding feast, which was served for all of us guests, 500 of us. It was called Sadya which means banquet in Malayalam. It is a variety of pure vegetarian dishes traditionally served on a banana leaf.

We had the nalukootan sadya with four kari, which are istoo, avial, erisseri and kalan (Wikipedia). The spine of the banana leaf is taken as the central dividing line. The narrow end of the leaf is on the guest’s left. Pickles and chutneys are placed on the extreme left below the dividing line. The chutneys are pulinji and injithairu and the pickles comprise chetthumanga kari and lime pickle.

Above the pickles and chutneys on the other side of the dividing line, papadum, plantain chips, savoury elephant foot yam chips and a ripe banana are placed. The banana is the short, sweet kadalipazham. The papadum are placed over the chips without covering them entirely.

All the kari are served above the dividing line. They are placed in a row with a little space between each. Below the dividing line and on the extreme right, salt and a pigeon pea dish is placed.

The rice is served with a serving utensil woven out of split bamboo and in cylindrical. The rice is served by jerking the basket in a smooth motion. No ladles or spoons are used. Then the sambar is poured onto the rice.

Once the meal has been finished, it is closed along the centre. Closing the leaf away from you signifies complete satisfaction with the food and closing it towards you would means a signal to the cooks that it needs improvement. I closed my leaf away from me. The food was really delicious!



Fine Dining

Hi everyone. Last weekend, we celebrated our Pearl Anniversary and we had fine dining at Das Kranzbach. We dined for two nights and here are some of the luxuries in life that we’ve tasted. They were all exquisite!

These were our starters.

Our main meals.

Our desserts.

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Food, all the glorious food
Always keeps us in good mood

All the planning, shopping, cooking
All the ways – to steam, fry, baking

Roast duck, beef and chicken, all tasty
Don’t eat snack now, it ruins your tea

And as for desserts, leche flan or cake
Chocolate mousse, apple pie or cheesecake

Food, glorious food, happy as we could all be
Everyone is welcome to our eating spree

(c) ladyleemanila 2016

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Cycling, Breakfast and Teriyaki – Echoes of my Neighbourhood

*three things that make me smile: an exercise in gratitude – feel free to steal this idea with wild abandon and fill your blog with the happy*

Hello everyone! Lovely weather here and we’ve been cycling a lot!

I met my friend today and we had some cool breakfast, complete with Proseco!


I went to town the other day and I had teriyaki prawns and salad for lunch

So, what made you smile this week?

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Green Papaya Salad


I made my first green papaya salad yesterday and it was delicious. I just made it up and my ingredients include: grated unriped green papaya, chopped tomatoes, celery leaves, coriander leaves, cut into small pieces sitaw (long beans), fish sauce, lime juice, chillies, peanuts and in a mortar and pestle some garlic, ginger being crushed. Mix all ingredients and voila! Fresh green papaya salad. Enjoy!

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