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travel theme: fruit

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fruit offerings in Bali

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strange fruit found in Thailand

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“custard pie” fruit found in Thailand

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fruit sellers in Hanoi

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fresh orange juice sellers in India

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mango and sticky rice as prepared at cookery school in Cambodia

sharing with Ailsa

Agricultural Bali

Away from the hustle and bustle of city life in the capital of Denpasar, life goes on in the countryside as it must have done for generations. Terraced rice paddies where ducks paddle and splash, groves of banana, orchards of small bitter oranges like tangerines, mangoes, spices, coffee, and coconuts.

Farming on the valley floor near Mt Agung (an extinct volcano)

terraced rice fields

kite flying in the paddy fields

flooded paddy fields

ducks in the paddy fields

lots more ducks, this time in a paddy field that has already been harvested

water pumpkins growing on a vine; apparently they don’t taste of much but are used to fill out stews, etc.

a coffee bush. As the bushes are very sensitive to strong sun they are always planted under trees like mango or cacao to protect them

cacao pods

cloves, these are still in the early stages of growth and will later turn red

whole nutmegs in their shells (left) cinnamon in its natural form when it has just been stripped off the tree (centre), in dried form (right)

a star fruit tree

breadfruit tree

a chempadek fruit (member of the jackfruit family)

snake fruit, so called because their skin looks like snakeskin. I had a nasty allergic reaction when I tried these.

Before going to Bali and coincidentally reading the book “Nathaniel’s Nutmeg” I hadn’t realised that the Indonesian archipelago were the original spice islands. The English and Dutch raged a long and bloody battle to gain power over these islands and the valuable trade in spices (particularly cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg) carried out by the British and Dutch East India Companies. The Dutch proved the more powerful and remnants of their occupation can be seen in the north of the island (which we didn’t get to).

Glimpses of Thailand

A selection of photos from a recent visit to Thailand.

White lotus blossom

white frangipani flowers

the pond in the garden

experimenting with the black and white setting on my camera

experiment with the sepia setting on my camera

unidentified shrub with creamy white bracts/flowers – possibly a variety of handkerchief tree

a variety of a Bird of Paradise plant family

no idea what this one is called, its rather obsene-looking red bracts were very popular with ants

the simplest of flower arrangements – a bowl of flowers floating in water, spotted in the airport departure lounge

At the night food market at Nathon pier I spotted this gentleman and his dog, kitted out in the latest fashion – a specially made-to-measure crocheted, lime green dress

A huge variety of food is on offer in Thailand, ranging from the edible – a breakfast mandala of fresh fruit

to the not-so edible (deepfried crunchy insects)

together with the possibility of sampling such delicacies as tamarind fruit, which smell disgusting – a bit like very ripe cheese and taste a bit like roasted garlic. Often used to flavour sauces as it is quite sweet when cooked. The purple fruit to the right of the picture are mangosteens – quite delicious. When you manage to get inside them the fruit looks a bit like a segmented lychee with a large stone and tastes like a cross between a lychee and a strawberry.

Here be dragon fruit (the pink ones), apples and longan (a member of the lychee family)

Fruit salad-in-waiting

Small oranges/mandarins, apples, longan, mangosteens, pink apples

and the heavily armoured jack fruit – tastes disgusting – like bubblegum and the juice is so sticky that it’s  almost impossible to get your hands clean afterwards

One day we took a boat trip part way around the island of Koh Tao, famous for its diving possibilities

The black smudge around the boat is a “fish ball” – a huge shoal of fish, which moves together as if the whole lot had one single mind of its own

feeding frenzy as the fish fight to eat the cooked rice grains we have scattered on the surface of the water

3 squid fishing boats tied together, with huge fluorescent lights hanging from the gantries hanging over the sea which attract the squid to the surface at night

and, finally, two murals painted on the walls of the new international airport in Bangkok