Sekonyer river kalimantan ……
As our smallish craft cruised up this river the lines of forest were constantly converging to a new points of focus. It was incredibly beautiful, soothing to the soul….. at the same time heartrending in the knowledge that this forest is almost gone thanks to greed (mostly multinational companies) and the planting of palm oil plantations.
The orangutans at camp leakey could hear the calls to the table, ringing through the forest tops……..
They’re descent was something to behold…….
And they would descend fast and gracefully to land on the table top to feast on ubi ( sweet potato), bananas and dollops of milk if they were lucky.
Last year I visited some dear friends of mine in Kalimantan. This was my room at their house….. many fond memories….
Another room another place in kalimantan….. someone’s kitchen where we were invited to learn how to make coffee the kalimantan way.
Amazing….i love the potential of reflections. While visiting kalimantan last year I travelled up the Sekonyer river and these reflections are from that trip
There were times when if you closed your eyes and then opened them again you couldn’t really tell up from down.
Heading down for a feed….
Today is cold and gloomily overcast, the wind squeezing through the smallest opening, the clouds drizzling sporadically…. at a loose end ….browsing through my photos…
Palms growing on the edge of Sekonyer river….
What an amazing plant this is….the pitcher plant – a small nest of them deep in the rainforest.
A domestic duck enjoying the afternoon sun
And a happy cat…. for thoe of us who are fond of cats and who acknowledge the dilemmas in doing so…
Gorgeous floating butterflies that refused to settle …..ahhhh!
All of these photos were taken somewhere along the sekonyer river in kalimantan.
During our very long day at the beach we discovered how the locals made their very delicious coffee. We were privileged to be invited into ibu’s house and were able to watch the whole process. Bu Arfa and Cathy chatting on the floor of the kitchen while the kopi was being roasted a short distance away. Im getting ahead of myself…..here are the key ingredients..
Coffee beans, cinammon sticks, ginger
Kacang kopi , kayu manis, jahe
And rice uncooked
All these ingredients were then placed in a wok and stirred vigorously for quite a long time… over a hot fire. This is where most of the family’s cooking would be done.
After all the ingredients have been roasted…..they are placed in a large mortar. You can see Bu Arfa is getting ready to pound away!
Note the colour of the beans…..
There was definitely an art to the pounding. We all had a go and beans were jumping out left, right and centre. We left it to the experts! The ground kopi was then sieved to make sure it was fine enough. I was truly amazed because if you look closely at the the photo of the beans going into the mortar they look like they have been burnt to a crisp and yet when you look at the final product it is a rich chocolate brown Asyik! Amazing!
The white powder on ibu’s face is a beauty product( nearly everything has a whitening agent in it). She wasn’t expecting visitors!
Hanging out in the backyard afterwards…. the aroma of the kopi was redolent of/with ginger and cinammon. Enak sekali!!