Monday, July 6, 2009


My brother and sister-in-law have returned from their 6 month trip mission trip to Southeast Asia. On Thursday we got together and made an authentic meal. It was one they enjoyed eating when they were guests of some of the nationals there. We all dressed in ethnic clothing, ate a very ethnic meal and had a wonderful time learning about a different culture!



This is my sister-in-law, whom I love just like one of my sisters! She gave me this Shalwar Comise with a beautiful Orna (scarf) to keep! It is absolutely beautiful, unbelievably comfortable and it makes me feel so feminine!



Our Meal...


Chick Pea Salad


Biryani (pronounced Beery-ani)...this is mixture of stir fried onions, tomatoes, potatoes, chicken and spices mixed with Basmati rice and a boiled egg. It sounds crazy, but it was pretty good! It is the sort of meal the people of this country would make for company. Their everyday food is much more basic, consisting of Dahl (a lentil mixture), rice and vegetables.



The fun part was that we couldn't use any utensils! Here's my brother demonstrating the proper technique!


And here I am trying out my hand at it!

A few of the crew tried the strange looking concoction, but decided to go with the old stand by...


To top it all off we had a wonderful rice pudding...


which I forgot to take a picture of until I had almost devoured it! We Americanized it a bit with a dollop of whipped topping, M-M-M-M good!

This has been amazing learning experience for my brother and his wife. We have been blessed to be able to also share in the learning as they share their experiences and knowledge with us, of a totally different culture from ours!


  1. Jenn, Looks like so much fun! Loved all the pics! Hope you have a great day! Blessings, Faye

  2. that's really neat! I didn't even know that country was open to missionaries!

  3. You learn so much when you try their foods and wear their clothing. It feels almost, like you are right there in the same country! How wonderful that your family was able to share this with each other ;)


    lady m

  4. we can learn so much from others culture, especially their foods! We have so much abundant variety here! Thanks for sharing, I can almost taste the spices...and the basmati, yummmy

  5. I bet it is so good to have them back!
    Great dresses~

  6. What fun! I'm so glad you and your children got to experience that. You all looked amazing! I pray it was a successful trip for them!

  7. Boy...Matt looks sooo much like your dad!

  8. Awww, it looks like you guys had a blast! I lovvvved the pictures, y'all look "cultured" ((winks))

    Gosh, you made my tummy growl with all these pictures. I know my husband will make drool puddles if he sees that rice pudding :o) I need to find a recipe one of these days, he is hooked on them!

    P.S. You look so young! What's the secret :o)

  9. Yummy-love Indian and Thai food! Not sure exactly where they got to go, but remember my own visits to Malaysia and Thailand-pray for the people:) Eat yummy food! (Coconut soup is now one of my comfort foods-and I adore ginger!)

  10. Oh my... you are one brave woman. I HATE (loathe, I tell ya) trying new things at the dinner table. I hate to admit that I too would be one that reverted to the "old stand by".

    None-the-less, I love the clothing attire--- authentic!!


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