Today I will be taking you to the village where many old traditions are still observed and passed down the generations …Much is still hand made using homemade implements and utensils.
Making these pancakes the traditional way is still done in the Thai villages and I am very lucky to be able to witness these traditions which are passed down through the generations. The working of the wooden presses is a sight to behold again these are family heirlooms and passed down.
Also, it is something which all the family participates in and learn how to make, the oldest passes on her knowledge and the young ones start at the bottom and learn but if you look at the smiling faces everyone is enjoying it. There is a real feeling of family and community in the villages…Thais also look down on anyone who does not care for the elderly my daughter in law carries on most alarmingly if she sees an old person begging on the streets…I am sure she puts a hex on their absent families…
If you look closely when the old lady is pounding the flesh from the coconuts the children are working it by jumping up and down at the opposite end it is just like a see-saw and as much fun.
These pancakes are made from the flesh of the older coconuts and mixed with palm sugar, sticky rice which is ground into a flour and sesame seeds. There are many variations on this some are mixed with eggs.
Once the mixture is made it is shaped into pancake shapes with a wooden press. See below.
They are then left to dry for about 3 days and then toasted over the open flames of a Thai BBQ rotated by hand between two wooden fans like paddles to ensure even cooking.
It is fascinating to watch and you can both see and feel the unity when cooking…I am sure that little lad in the final image is wondering when they will be ready to eat…
I have seen these sold on the roadsides and now know how they are made in the homes. It certainly is a family affair as from the youngest to the oldest they all have a part to play.
I hope you enjoyed this little visit into these Thai families homes….It is just one of many which I hope to share with you…x
About Carol Taylor:
Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.
I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.
Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.
The environment is also something I am passionate about and there will be more on this on my blog this year
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Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a creative week ahead xx