We had the honor of attending our friend Sylvia's birthday celebration yesterday. Pictured above is a traditional platter that is prepared for special occasions.
It begins with a layer of banana leaves topped with yellow rice shaped in concentric circles to create a temple looking structure. Here is the birthday girl demonstrating how she makes the top cone.
Sylvia is piling on the tempeh.
Typically egg, chicken, fish, noodles, and tempeh are served along with the rice and beautifully cut vegetables.
Fernando poses with Sylvia.
Sylvia is here with our dear friend Maureen.
Our good friend Pieter took a break from roasting the pig to pose with Fernando.
In honor of Sylvia's birthday, Fernando and I wore our matching shirts from Indonesia. It is a rare siting to see us all matchy-matchy.
Rita worked hard all day. Here she is making a sweet fried cookie.
The batter is poured into hot oil and then...
it puffs into these chewy, tasty cookies, best served warm.
Now it's Sylvia's turn, here she is frying up bananas.
Rita is checking on Pieter to make certain that the temperature of the pig is just right.
John Paul (in the hat) and his cousin check on the pig.
The moment we have all be waiting for! The pig is finally ready for eating.
This is a typical "Big Kahuna Catering" spread complete with banana leaves, fresh fruit, and orchids. Our friends John Paul, Amanda, and Pieter run Big Kahuna Catering and spoiled us all in honor of Sylvia's birthday.
Here I am with Esther and Rita.
More special guests, Maureen with her youngest granddaughter Solana...
and her oldest grandson, Peyton.
John Paul shares with us that this was a very special pig that came from a local farm. The pig was blessed and cared for humanely before it was sacrificed for this special event.
The guest of honor places an apple in the roasted pig's mouth, which signifies the life (it likely ate apples when it was living) and death cycle (now in death is poised with an apple).
The lovely birthday cake came from Michelle's Bakery - oooh my favorite local bakery.
Titus (Pieter and Maureen's youngest grandson) helps Sylvia blow out the birthday candles.
It was a wonderful celebration. Fernando and I feel honored to be a part of it. Happy Birthday Sylvia!
Kathryn and Fernando