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Here I would love to share with you our travels and adventures as international mushroom consultants. MEMOIRS about husband Pieter Vedder, who was a SCIENTIFIC PIONEER in Mushroom Cultivation Education. His practical handbook is in 8 languages and is called the MUSHROOM BIBLE: https://mariettesbacktobasics.blogspot.com/2020/08/modern-mushroom-growing-2020-harvesting.html

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Do YOU eat with Chopsticks?

 Being in Asia, I really do feel like a fish in a bowl!
Eating with chopsticks at restaurant in Jakarta, Indonesia...
May 27, 2001 ready for going to dinner with our Indonesian boss and his wife...
Me in a long Escada outfit
Artful dessert waiting for us to finish our meal.
See the hot towels being rolled up for refreshing after the meal?

26 comments:

  1. What a delightful experience, Mariette! I've never gotten the hang of chopsticks, and doubt I ever will, but kudos to you for mastering the technique.
    Blessings!

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    1. Dearest Martha Jane,
      To me it always has been a joy to eat with chopsticks and it feels like second nature.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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    1. Dearest Victor,
      Guess you ought to have tried at least...
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  3. Dear Mariette - we spent several weeks in China in the 1980s and it was there that I had to learn how to hold and eat with chopsticks. I did buy a few pairs to bring home with us which are beautifully decorated, but I can't say that we ever use them now.

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    1. Dearest Rosemary,
      It is easily learned and knowing that the vast majority of people do eat with them, stimulates us. In Japan they use the shorter version, equally well to use. We too have lacquered and beautiful decorated chopsticks that Pieter did bring back from China when he went there with the People to People Citizen Ambassador Program. Also Campbell Soup used to have fancy chopsticks with their Le Menu, special Oriental Food. Sadly they discontinued that.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  4. Oh, I do like that skirt and your shoes! :-)

    I've tried, on occasion, to eat with chopsticks but haven't yet mastered it. My fingers don't seem to want to work properly. LOL.

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    1. Dearest Kim,
      Thank you and I have held on to those; you bet!
      Feeling oh so blessed with very agile fingers, due to maybe my ten-finger typing obtained from Scheidegger, Switzerland and lots of knitting, crocheting and picking mushrooms.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  5. Nah, I wish I know-how. 😁

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  6. I do indeed Mariette, my grandchildren aged five and seven are also expert with the chopsticks, it's fun to watch them 😊 Super photos ✨

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    1. Dearest Grace,
      That is wonderful and also for the little ones, it does make it rather easy when traveling!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  7. Hello Mariette, Naturally living here I am fairly well used to chopsticks. A good way to get skill that I learned earlier from Asian friends in Cleveland is to pick glass marbles out of a bowl of water, using plastic or metal chopsticks. I am always afraid of those hot towels--the majority of them are perfumed!
    --Jim

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    1. Dearest Jim,
      You sure will have mastered that all the way and picking up glass marbles from water is probably the ultimate test!
      Love those hot towels and even if they are perfumed, it is just some alcohol with a fragrance that will evaporate rather quickly. I've adapted that custom here at home with some French Yves Delorme white cotton terry facecloth in a lotus woven edge and sprayed with Gardenia Linen Spray.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  8. Very elegant outfit Mariette.
    I'm not very good with chopsticks, but I try.

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    1. Dearest Sami,
      Thank you and one can always learn and improve.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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    1. Dearest Helen,
      Thank you! Hair is the best human barometer and I must admit that in the humid tropical climate of Indonesia our hair always looked far better!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  10. Liebe Mariette,

    mit Stäbchen essen ist nicht so einfach :-D

    LG Bernhard

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    1. Lieber Bernhard,
      Wenn du auch gute drei Jahren in Indonesien gewohnt und gearbeitet hättest, dann wäre es dir auch gelungen!😉
      Lieber Gruß,
      Mariette

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  11. It’s probably hard to eat with chopsticks?

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    1. Dearest Anne,
      No it's not, only for the first time but with some practice you manage as already do the majority of all people in this world!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  12. Nunca he comido con palillos, aunque a mi hija he visto hacerlo.

    Yo soy de la cocinea tradicional de mi tierra y en ella no es necesaria comer con palillos. en ese aspecto soy bastante conservadora.

    Besos

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    1. Querida Antónia,
      Ambos vivimos y trabajamos en la región del palillo durante unos 3 años y regresamos para sesiones de entrenamiento de 3 semanas. Eso hace una gran diferencia. También en los Países Bajos hay numerosos restaurantes Indonesios por lo que está integrado en la cultura. Después de todo fue nuestra colonia durante unos 350 años...
      Abrazos,
      Mariette

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  13. A whole culture in the art of serving food. I like the warm washcloths after the meal. Here they do that too.
    good weekend
    xoxo
    Coisas de Feltro

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    1. Dearest Christina,
      Yes, it is all part of the art of serving food!
      KLM Royal Dutch Airlines also does present the hot towels after a meal and before breakfast.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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