Of course an entry about food. I already have a Neapl Cookbook that I have been reading through and look forward to seeing if I can find the dishes included.
Most of my meals on the hike will be Dall Bhat with Tarkari (Lentils and rice with vegetables).
Most Neapli are vegetarians either by Religious requirements or due to economic situation. Cows are not eaten so most meat dishes are water buffalo or goat and cheese products are from buffalo milk.
From what I have read, chutney or pickeled food called Achar is served regularly. I love pickled food so I am looking forward to trying this.
I plan to look for spices at the market in Kathmandu. These include :
Some food rules that I have to make sure I follow:
1. Don’t drink the water. Water must be boiled for at least 10 minutes to be safe to drink. So one of my few purchases for this trip was a water purifier. I bought some tablets also as a backup. It uses UV light to purify the water. Technology is so amazing.
2. Eat with my right hand. Also only pass food and other objects to others with my right hand. It has to be very challenging to live in this world as a left handed person. It is so easy to forget how much things are designed for right handed people.
3. Many Nepli people do not share food. I believe that most of the Hindu food customs like those of Jewish faith and eating Kosher, come from the attempt to teach people back in the day about how to protect themselves from food pathogens. I love to share food and we call one of my best friends, “The splitter” because she loves to share dishes when we go out to eat. I love sharing meals with her.
I am not sure what the Nepali say when it comes to the beginning of a meal; I’ll find out and let you know.
For now, Bon Appétit, ¡buen provecho!, Salud, and Cheers!