What can an aunt prepare? She would cook as she normally does..may be with minimal fuss as well. Hubby can bring back a roasted duck from the kedai for the children in case they are too fond of KL food.
So here goes the food freshly prepared...it is like what Chef Wan would say...from the Garden to the Table...
And the menu is not one you can find in any good restaurant in town...but to those coming home after a long long time and from far away....this menu is just right...Just like old times!!
|Long beans from the garden|
|Midin from the Indigenous market - a must have for relatives from afar|
|Indigenous mustard gree (ensabi) cooked with kepayang nuts and ikan bilis - fit for a king.|
|Iban Cucumber which grows easily in her garden plot. Boiled with some ikan bilis .|
|Roasted Duck for the children to savour and make them feel at home.|
|This is salted bamboo shoot from the jungle. And this is a dish which people long for when they are far away from home as the pickling cannot be done in a place where this kind of bamboo is not available......|
|Fresh corn from the garden. Just steamed and so lovely and sweet. Diabetics have to be careful because you can be so tempted. to eat more than two!! Freshly plucked from the plants....No fertilizers.|
|Pumpkin from the garden...A hardworking woman like my sister in law can make plants grow from every inch of soil she has around her house. She makes me think of Jamie Oliver who sits in his garden and plucks tomotoes right next to him!! Each time I visit her I enjoy helping her pluck some limes or belimbing...It is good to continue the Iban tradition of growing your own vegetables in the backyard even when you are living in the best of the residential areas...A bountiful harvest every day is a real comfort in life...and will definitely give you a good night's sleep......No worries about what food will be on the table next day..God is provident...|
|.Bilimbing with ikan bilis...very tasty. Just one tree in the garden can provide lots of these succulents.|
A homemaker can easily do the family proud in this way...and cooking is just a piece of cake!!