Simone's Kitchen

Sumatra : I’m back!

Elephants at Tangkahan |

Yessss, we’re back!! For those that didn’t even notice we were gone… We arrived yesterday from a almost four week trip to Sumatra. And it was amazing… Hot, tiring, mosquito-rich but also relaxing, beautiful, impressive and fun… 😉 Yesterday I downloaded the 2000 photos on my computer and still need to edit and go through them but here is already a brief preview of more to come.

Beach Sumatra | Tropisch vogeltje |

On Paper Travels you will find most of the travel stories. I’ve been writing those while travelling and also on the plane (the way back took close to 30 hours so that gives enough time to do some writing and kill time!) but the wifi connection in the jungle was … non existent for the most part. But of course there will be a few food related stories here as well. We had a great local cooking session in a Batak house. That was great fun and you can’t get it any more local than that (even though I found out that cooking on the floor requires some special skills) But the report on that will follow and maybe I can find the original recipe of the fish curry we made to go along with it. At the market in Takengon (province of Aceh) we were the tourist attraction more than anything else. It makes a change finding out how it is to be the photographic subject for once!

Locak cooking at a batak house |

Local cooking in a batak house

We saw orang oetans in Gunung Leuser jungle, drove across dangerous roads .. well a bit dangerous… Slept in cabins with nothing and hotels with just a tiny bit more and mostly showered with cold water… Brrrrr… (not so bad in hot water though) We saw the remains of the tsunami with our own eyes in Banda Aceh. At the time of the tsunami (December 26th 2004) nearly 70.000 people were killed in Banda Aceh alone. Most of the building were new or had been renovated, but the stories of that day was what impressed me most Nearly everyone who lives in the city has witnessed it first hand.


Local kitchen |

Makes you appreciate your own kitchen even more!

The weather: we were close to the raining season and yes we did notice that. There has virtually been no day without any tropical downpour. But usually it stayed dry until later in the afternoon so not too bad. Fine for doing jungle hikes, visiting markets and more. But yes, we’ve also been surprised by a few showers as well. And that literally soaks you within two seconds….


Batak house |

Batak house

And now it is back to the order of the day! I missed cooking!! And even though this was our second trip to Indonesia and the food in general is food, we were often in areas with literally nothing other than whereever we were sleeping and at some point you do get tired of eating nasi goreng. I do have a few nice recipes I want to make at home but first for tonight a good old fashioned Dutch stamppot…. Yum!!

20141008-032 Tropical bird |

Toilet by the road |

Maybe not the best toilet but it wins in scenery!

Landslide results |

Road has disappeared and the village is half washed away!

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  1. Welcome back! Lovely pictures. I can’t wait to see more of them…



  2. What a glorious holiday and that photo of the kids is priceless. I can’t wait to see more!

  3. WOW those photos are stunning. What a wonderful experience. Thanks for taking us along for the journey.

  4. What gorgeous photos! I’m looking forward to reading a lot more about your trip. I especially love the picture of the school girls!

    I wanted to let you know that I posted a recipe from the Donna Hay cookbook today. Thanks again!

  5. Simone
    You are so much more adventurous than me. and wow. What an experience. Look forward to hearing more about it. I always need to be where a good hotel and good food is.

  6. Welcome back! Sounds like you had an amazing trip. Love the pictures — thanks.

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