After church on Sunday my friends and I would normally have brunch somewhere in town - a laksa or a bak kut teh brunch. This would give the mothers a chance to relax and the kitchen a "cool down" time.
But today after an excellent sermon by Rev.Thomas Lau I thought it would be nice for my friends just to come to my home for "2 fishes and 5 loaves". ..something lively and I hope they were game for it.
I have some fresh tenggiri from the sea and 4 small kembong and some pumpkins from my in-law. And I do have some emplam growing on the trees. All I needed was to buy some tomatoes for a salad. I have lots of basil even though the weather had not been promising for a good crop of greens.
I came home by eleven. Lina and Albert arrived at 11:20. Sim and the other other ladies arrived a little later. By noon I had a whole lunch ready with help from Albert (who got the banana leaves outside my compound) and Sim who pounded the sambal belachan. The ladies had helped me do all the slicing and chopping. Lina's sambal is usually out of this world!! It was fun in the kitchen.
My nice kembong - simply delicious (baked in tin foil with salt and pepper only with olive oil - another Biblical touch)
This is a 3 kg tenggiri or mackerel fresh from the sea. Specially cooked like ayam percik. Just nice. No Aji-no-moto- no artificial flavourings.
Golden pumpkin with ikan bilis.
My tomatoes and Australian onion salad with olive oil and balsamic vinegar dressing. Topped with chopped basil.
Sweet water melon from Lina and Albert.
Emplam from my own tree.
Sim making sambal belachan..He will be the next cook in Ulu Kapit!
Lina Kana(Mrs. Sibat) making the sambal for the emplam. Superb. If you go for any mission work with her she will be your unforgettable chef. Lina is a nurse by profession. .
Within one hour we had all the dishes done and placed on the table. This is what fellowship is all about!
We had water melon and ice cream for dessert.
My friends said:
"All the plates are licked clean!"
"A well planned lunch cannot match this spontaneous home cooked meal ....."
May be it was a real case of 2 fishes and 5 loaves....