It was the last day of our China/India Tea Tour and we were visiting with Mr. Rajiv Lochan, of Lochan Tea, in Siliguri, India. His family had prepared this delicious sendoff feast for us to enjoy in their home. To have such a special home-cooked meal was deeply touching.
I'll write more about the Lochan family tea business soon, but for now I want to focus on this meal. My heart was full of thanks for the past several weeks of touring throughout China, Tibet and India. I felt so honored to be invited into Mr. Lochan's home and to share this meal with his family. It was especially touching to meet his children, his wife and his mother.
The food was exceptional! Our feast included two types of raita (cucumber/onion and pineapple), lentils, paneer cheese in a delicous sauce, peas and potatoes, beautiful rice, mint chutney and puri, a traditional fried puff bread. We also enjoyed traditional Indian sweets - oh, my so good! The orange cups above had a cookie center, covered with finely chopped and candied orange peel. Wow! And a milk sweet, which is milk that has been cooked down very slowly and becomes a wonderful texture.
Rajiv Lochan in his office
As we were leaving, I placed my hands in the prayer-at-heart position and said "namaste" to Mr. Lochan's mother. She offered the same parting wish to me and patted me on the arm. It was like a blessing. This moment is with me still!
Today I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to have taken this trip, the means to do so, and the positive influence that tea has in my life. I am thankful for the friends I made along the journey.
I give thanks to all my friends who share their kindness so generously. I offer up thanks for my family that wants only the best for me. And I am especially grateful for my wonderful DH (dear hubby).