Time to post my photos for the monthly photo challenge that Eileen has been organizing. The theme for November was Tools. These are some of the tools I use for my hobbies and cooking:
Flower Arranging - especially for Japanese-style arrangements:
|Kenzan, Shears, Floral Tape, and Container|
|Knitting Needls, Crochet Hooks, and Stitch Holders|
|Knitting Tools in Use|
|String Hopper Mold and Trays|
Once the dough is made, it is put into the hollow mold and pressed down with the top of the mold and pushed out in long strands or "strings" through the openings in the bottom of the mold onto the woven trays and steamed. Once steamed, the resulting mound of dough strings are removed from the trays onto a plate.
|String Hopper Mold|
|Coconut Scraper - Table Top/Rotary Version|
|Coconut Scraper, Ready for Use|
In my childhood home, we had an earthenware version of it, but this is a metal one that we brought with us. The raw rice to be cooked is placed in the bowl with water, swirled around with ones hand, and then, the water is poured out, using a rocking motion, into another container, along with the top layer of rice. More water is added to the bowl and one repeats the swirling and draining the water and rice, as many times as needed to remove all the rice from the bowl into the other container. The whole purpose of the exercise is to remove any small stones and grains of sand that might be in the rice - back in the days when rice was threshed on the ground, one always found some tiny stones and grains of sand in the rice and, if the rice had not been properly washed before being cooked, one would bite into the stones when eating the cooked rice! The swirling of the rice helped to cause the stones to fall down to the bottom of the bowl and the grooves helped to catch the stones while the top layers of rice would be washed into the other container. One usually had to wash the rice three times before all the stones could be removed. In addition to rice, lentils (especially the small red lentils), used to be washed in this same manner to remove any stones. These days, however, all the rice and lentils I buy seem to be clean enough not to need being washed in a nambiliya. Even so, I keep my nambiliya, just in case!
Those are my photos for Tools! Thank you, Eileen, for posting this monthly challenge.
In December, the Winter Photo Scavenger Hunt begins. Eileen has posted the list of prompts - there are 20 prompts and 3 alternatives.