Skywatch from my balcony
FROM THE TRAVEL ARCHIVES
The Sheikh Saeed Heritage Village, Dubai
I am pretty sure the birds were taunting the caged cat on the porch.
Banana leaf rice (South Indian cuisine)
Banana leaf rice is essentially rice and an assortment of dishes served on a banana leaf instead of a plate.
A banana leaf meal is best enjoyed using your bare hand as it is said to heighten your senses and enhance the taste. However, forks and spoons are provided for the less adventurous.
The direction in which you fold your leaf after a banana leaf meal conveys a message. Folding inwards towards yourself shows your appreciation to the host for the meal, even if the host is the proprietor of an eatery (as shown in the image above). Folding outwards away from yourself means dissatisfaction with the food, kinda like a rating system though they are some who dispute that this is an erroneous belief. The leaf is also folded outwards during wakes as a sign of condolence to the family of the deceased.
Lovely photos, Veronica! The rose was very beautiful. Oh yes, birds can tease cats. I have seen it many times in my garden.ReplyDelete
Have a great week ahead!
Thanks for sharing. The rice dish looks very appetising.ReplyDelete
Happy Sunday to you!
Fabulous photos, as always. Love the skywatch, and the birds taunting the poor cat is a great shot! Have a great week, stay safe nd well, hugs, ValerieReplyDelete
Absolutely beautiful. I love the Monkey.ReplyDelete
Beautiful photos and I love the banana leaf rice tradition! I always learn so much about the world when visiting here, so thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
Who would have thought a folded banana leaf could convey so many meanings?ReplyDelete
Nice photos! Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
I invite you to visit my last post. Have a good week-end!
Such interesting facts about the banana leaf meals, Veronica. I never even knew that banana leaves were used as dishes in some parts of the world. Interesting photos as always.ReplyDelete
The sky view is just amazing, Veronica!ReplyDelete
Nice contrasting colours in the sky (orange & bleu).ReplyDelete
Orange rose are my favourite.
If I were to eat South Indian food, I wouldn't use forks and spoons ...
I would be adventurous :-)
All the best, Veronica!
That banana leaf meal sounds very interesting (and delicious) Veronica! Do people learn the proper etiquette of which way to fold the leaf as part of their dining experience with it?ReplyDelete
LOL with the birds and their perhaps taunting the caged cat. I can see that happening with the birds in our backyard who know they can fly away when Winslow goes charging at them.
Lovely rose picture too!
Have a fantastic day and week ahead!
I love all your flowers and your sky shot is amazing. Interesting about folding the leaf the right way.ReplyDelete
Beautiful interesting photos and fun fact.ReplyDelete
Lots of beauty in your photos. Love the monkey and your sky shot is amazing.ReplyDelete
What a nice post:) thanks for your sharing...ReplyDelete
Wow, as always you do bring back many fond memories for me about eating from a banana leaf. I've even prepared a meal here at home when we still used to have our personal banana tree.
It is so special and exotic looking and enhances the meal.
Did not know the banana leaf folding over and its meanings but not surprised.
Thanks for always sharing your expert photos.
That rose is so beautiful -- and what a wonderful image of the macaque!ReplyDelete
love the pics. thanks so much for sharingReplyDelete
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Love the colors of the sky from your balcony. Fascinating about the banana leaf folding.ReplyDelete
That's very interesting about the banana leaf. The Macaque is such a cute fellow. The soft purple flowers are pretty, and of course, I love the Rose. The skies from your balcony are extraordinary. It would be wonderful to just sit out there for awhile and gaze at them.ReplyDelete
I hope March is good to you.
As always, enjoyed all the images, Veronica Lee, especially the flowers. Eating on a banana leaf seems like a good way to cut down on dishes too and the fun facts were interesting to learn should I ever have the opportunity to dine on one.ReplyDelete
Me encantaron las rosas y las imagenes del cielo y el monito. No sabía lo dela hoja de plátano en mi país las utilizamos para envolver unos pastelitos con masa de maíz que se hacen al vapor. Te mando un beso.ReplyDelete
Wonderful series of photos.ReplyDelete
I like the skyline, the macaque you have photographed beautiful.
The food looks delicious.
Beautiful photos, delightful! You can be inspired by them :) A wonderful post!
Greetings from Poland!
Lovely pictures Veronica, I love those pidgeons :DReplyDelete
A beautiful assortment of photos. The rose is exceptional--I love its peach color. I like the idea of using banana leaves as a dish--very ecological. It was interesting to learn what folding it would mean.ReplyDelete
I would try that Banana Leaf tray in a heartbeat as it looks wonderful. But I hope I would remember about how to fold that leaf after. I wonder if travelers ever break a host's heart by doing it wrong accidentally. (I am just assuming that the meal would be a perfect one.) Gorgeous flowers animals skylines and the food (Seems like I always end up commenting on your delicious food photos, but I do love the rest of your posts just as well, really!ReplyDelete
The flowers are so pretty. That sky picture is amazing and the food looks so good.ReplyDelete
I've never eaten food off a banana leaf but if I do I'll make sure to fold it the right wayReplyDelete
That sky is amazing! LOVE the serious look on the monkey's face, too.ReplyDelete
What beautiful photos again I hope you saved me some of that lovely food heheh!ReplyDelete
Have a gallimaufrytastic week 👍
I really like the simplicity of how the banana leaf rice is served. This way of serving food kind of reminds me of Texas style bbq.ReplyDelete
Beautiful photos - the banana leaf meal looks so wonderful with green making the color of the food pop!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much for sharing at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2022/03/springtime.htmlReplyDelete
I'm on the side of the birds Veronica. Those domestic cats don't need extra food do they? I'm fancying one of those banana leaf meals but with knife and fork if you don't mind. But I must agree fish and chips always taste better when eaten with fingers.ReplyDelete
Interesting that folding your banana leaf sends a message. We used banana leaves as 'plates' at times in Panama. No dishes!!ReplyDelete
Your skywatch photo is just incredible. What a tremendous view.
That rose is gorgeous!ReplyDelete
WOW! The skywatch is fantastic!ReplyDelete
It sounds like you have to be careful which way to fold your banana leaf! The rose is beautiful.ReplyDelete
Beautiful flowers. Very interesting about the banana leaf. It doesn't look very appetizing but I guess if you are used to eating them it would be fine.ReplyDelete
...what a collection of gorgeous images!ReplyDelete
Gorgeous captures as always and an interesting fun fact.ReplyDelete
Beautiful photos. What a beautiful sky photo.ReplyDelete
Love the Macaque. He/she looks a bit sleepy. :)
I certainly didn't know about banana leaf folding. So interesting.
Beautiful scenery and the food. Oh the food. It looks most delicious and I would have folded the banana leaf toward me.ReplyDelete
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A lovely series of photos :) I found the part of eating with your hands and the fun fact so interesting. Thank you for sharing that.ReplyDelete
The skywatch from the balcony is amazing! So many colors in that sky!ReplyDelete
Beautiful photos. Love the flower pics and the food pics. What a fun time!ReplyDelete
I did not know that a banana leaf is so huge! Your Gallimaufry is so beautiful and interesting. Amazing images! The monkey is so funny!😊ReplyDelete
I admire the sky and the flowers!
Thank you, Veronica for all this mosaic!
Happy WW and a fine week!
And such lovely photos they are... I love that sky!ReplyDelete
Lovely photos. It's the first time I hear about a banana leaf meal. Great idea.ReplyDelete
love to eat with banana leaf as a plate.... smell good.
Oh that rose is so beautiful! It was interesting to learn about the folding of the banana leaf. So much culture to learn!ReplyDelete
very beautiful! have a great day! :)ReplyDelete
Unfortunately, I can't find a cat on the pigeon photo, dear Veronica - but I'm sure it was there and would have liked to get involved in the bird dance ;-)ReplyDelete
Your flower-, sky- and food-photos are gorgeous again! I only ate from a banana leaf once - in Chettinad / South India - https://rostrose.blogspot.com/2014/03/sudindien-12-kapitel-von-chettinad-nach.html - The food was delicious - but I didn't fold the leaf. It was previously rolled up and dumped by young ladies :-)
Thank you for your lovely comment. I'm happy when my joie de vivre infects you - that's better than most other infections ;-)
All the best and have a nice weekend,
What a lovely collection of images, beautiful mosaics. I love the flowers and the gorgeous sky capture. I am glad the pigeons are safe and the cat is innocent of wrong doing. The meal looks great, it is interesting about folding the banana leaf. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Take care, enjoy your day and the new week ahead. PS, thank you for leaving me a comment.
I love that picture of the skywatch from your balcony :)ReplyDelete
wow love them all and yeah that sky from your balcony is amazing as is that cute monkey!ReplyDelete
Beautiful pictures :-)ReplyDelete
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