Good fortune came my way when I was sent by World Nomads Inc. and Intrepid Travel to Sri Lanka for a few weeks. I was tasked with directing and shooting a few episodes of “Passport & Plate: Sri Lanka.” Our group was assigned the Southern Region and we set out from Colombo. We were welcomed into so many homes where smiling faces generously prepared amazing dishes for us to study, film and eat. South Sri Lanka has numerous beautiful sites to see, areas to tour, foods to eat and beaches to sit on. Below are some of my favorite images I captured with a little story on each.
We were invited into a home where men sat in front of cauldrons full of boiling cow’s milk. We were witnessing a step in the chain to making one of Sri Lanka’s favored delicacies –the buffalo curd served with honey Arak.
One of the final steps in the buffalo curd process, this man fills the hall of bowls with the desired milk mixture. The next morning each will contain the fluffy yogurt and will all be sold about by 7 am. The process then repeats each day. Sri Lankans can’t get enough.
Early morning, these local fisherman stood. At their feet rested the catch of the day, week or month –depending on your luck out at sea. Careful eyes examined each shape and size of the plentiful bounty.
Out in Yala National forrest, near a remote campsite, a team of skilled cooks stood in this kitchen with cow pie walls. The walls offered protection from the heat, creating a calm oasis and a place for us to enjoy another delicious meal.