Recently I had the opportunity to visit Sri Lanka, via Dubai, and visit friends and the Gospel For Asia Bible Schools with my Husband. I could blog about all the marvelous things I saw but I’m going to limit my post to just a couple of points I think might interest visitors to Fishes and Loaves, as hard as that may be.
Sri Lanka is a country recovering from the Tsunami of 2005 and an ongoing civil war that has spanned more than 25 years.
Our visits included having meals with our hosts with foods reminiscent of India and lots of curries and rice. I took some pictures of one of the kitchens to share with those of you who may be lamenting about how you would like to remodel… Don’t dispair, I assure you, you have it good .
kitchen in Batticoloa
kitchen in Batticoloa
This home had been damaged by the tsunami and although could have used a remodel was being lived in. The condition was not unusual as I had seen similar kitchens. The tradition of cooking over an open fire is still in practice and one kitchen I had visited had walls covered with smoke. What a contrast to the kitchens we see in the US.
Still, our hosts were so gracious and the food was always plentiful, more than we could consume in one sitting. We were never hungry for long and the average meal consisted of steamed rice, a chicken or beef curry, a paste of yellow lentils, fruit, some vegetable or potato dish, again with curry and everything except the rice had some type of chili pepper making it quite spicy for our western pallets.
I love curry but I don’t think I’ll be posting any recipes in the near future. 🙂
On our way back to the US we had a long lay-over in Dubai. We had time to freshen up and get some sleep but we also took a 4 hour tour of the city which gave me the opportunity to visit the Spice Souk or market. We had arrived there in the late evening but everything was bustling and the shops had lit up the streets.
I made my way into the little street to see the first spice shop filled to capacity.
making my way into the spice souk
look hunny, saffron!
and soooo cheap too!
As we walked along the shops it was amazing to see the spices in such great quantities.
spices and spices...
The souk included frankincense and other unusual types of spices and herbs and I left there thinking how our society limits us to the typical and how we miss so much of what is available to us around the world. Once again I was challenged to expand my horizons and my culture, to explore the wonders the Lord has provided for us.
She seeks wool and flax,
And willingly works with her hands.
She is like the merchant ships,
She brings her food from afar.
She also rises while it is yet night,
And provides food for her household,
And a portion for her maidservants.
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